Drama Bookshop’s New Owners — Lin Manuel Miranda and Friends

The beloved Drama Bookshop, home of many USITT book signings, has been purchased by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda and three of his Hamilton collaborators, according to The New York Times. This comes after a need to sustain the store due to its struggle to survive the expensive real estate market in Times Square. Read The New York Times article in its entirety, here.

Backstage Pass Speaks with Rose Brand

BackStage Pass is pleased to announce the release of the latest in the ongoing series of video interviews with people who have helped create the history and shape the future of the live entertainment industry. This interview highlights George and Josh Jacobstein; the Owner and COO, respectively, of Rose Brand; the largest supplier of theatrical fabric and stage curtains in North America. Watch the interview, here.

LiveDesign Speaks with Mimi Lien

Mimi Lien discusses what it is like to be a part of Broadway’s first all-female design team and her sets for The Lifespan of a Fact, from the glossy magazine office to the rather homely house in Las Vegas. Read the Q&A, here.

iWeiss has appointed Said Lounis as their new CEO

iWeiss is pleased to announce that they have appointed Said Lounisas their new CEO. Said brings decades of experience to the company and has a proven record of taking technology companies such as Serapid from a small regional company to a worldwide organization, known for the quality of its products, the professionalism of its staff, and for unconditional customer service. Said will help us lay down a foundation for growth and stability and will lead the company into new markets with new products and new services.

Ready. Set. Competition.

Who can design the most innovative and affordable mobile stage set, empowering the next generation of performing arts companies and schools across the nation? Victory Hall Opera (VHO), in partnership with VMDO Architects of Charlottesville, Va, is inviting entries for a modular set design competition. A multidisciplinary jury will select and announce three finalists at the Tom Tom Summit and Festival in Charlottesville on April 11, 2019, based on criteria of creativity, versatility, a high-end design aesthetic, acoustics, stability, and ease of construction. Submission deadline is March 31. All details and registration info, here.