The Top Apps for Stage Tech

The inside scoop on the top apps for stage and theatre tech

Rehearsal 2 is a powerful app that works with almost any device, and which enables cast and crew to organize their scripts and work process while in production. Courtesy of Sotto Voce Film+Works

It seems like there are a hundred enticing new apps out there popping up every day – which is especially good news for those in theatre tech, who often spend their work days climbing things, moving things, building things, interacting with actors, dodging sets and props, and more.

There are now a rich assortment of useful theatre tech apps out there for the performing arts, and I’ve assembled a list of some of the most notable, below:


The Barbizon Handbook
Developer: Useful Development
Developer's Website: http://usefuldevelopment.com
Developer's E-mail: mailto:showme[at]usefuldevelopment.com
Price: Free

Description: Barbizon's famous little flipbook is now available as an app, and best of all, it’s free. With the arrival of the Barbizon Electrician's Handbook App, Barbizon Lighting Company provides entertainment techs with all the information or cross-referencing they need, even on the go, in a terrific free app for any stagehand.

Easy-Prompter
Developer: Graphite, Inc.
Developer's Website: http://www.graphiteinc.com
Developer E-mail: mailto:apps[at]graphiteinc.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextw3.teleprompter&feature=also_installed
Price: $.99

Description: Easy-Prompter is a clever teleprompter script scrolling app with optional reflection for use with mirrors, while also offering a high-contrast invert mode for automatically converting black-on-white content to white-on-black.



eSET
Developer: Patzer LLC
Developer Support: http://www.orangegroupapps.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eset/id509969881?mt=8
Price: $.99

Description: eSET provides a streamlined and most efficient method for easily acquiring the unique language and terms used in the tech of performing arts and live entertainment, with over 2000 industry terms included.



GenieLux
Developer: Michael Zinman
Developer's Website: http://www.genielux.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/genielux/id345959197?mt=8
Price: Free

Description: Genielux is a real find, a simple yet powerful little app that can help users find the exact model of lighting, audio, video, or other production gear they need at a moment’s notice, and no matter where they are. In just a few taps, GenieLux searches accessible inventory with local vendors for rent or purchase, returning a list of results based on your current GPS location (or another chosen location).

My Lines
Developer: Randy Threewits
Developer’s Website: http://www.mylinesonline.com
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-lines/id393204594?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Price: $9.99

Description: My Lines is an app that can serve as a valuable tool for memorizing lines, presenting the script in a way that shows the lines of the actor's role separate from those of the rest of the cast.

Pocket Call Sheet
Developer: Snake Byte Studio
Developer's Website: http://www.pocketcallsheet.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-call-sheet/id371900568?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Price: $6.99

Description: Pocket Call Sheet enables anyone to create powerful, industry-standard digital call sheets for multiple productions, and eliminating the need for relying on physical production offices to output the necessary call sheets. With Pocket Call Sheet, it’s possible to schedule your production even on the road, distributing schedules and requirements to cast and crew via mobile technology and the power of the Internet. The app even enables the Line Producer, UPM, 1st and 2nd ADs to sign off on call sheets from their own devices, as well. Sheets can be e-mailed in either PDF or HTML format, cutting out the necessity for needless printing and copying.

ProPrompter
Developer: Bodelin, Inc.
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proprompter/id309792203?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Price: $9.99

Description: Developed by professional teleprompter manufacturer Bodelin Technologies, ProPrompter allows anyone to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a smooth-scrolling professional teleprompter.
 

Rehearsal 2
Developer: Sotto Voce Film+Works
Developer's Website: http://www.rehearsaltheapp.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rehearsal-2/id408873298?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Price: $19.99 for unlimited usage

Description: Rehearsal 2 is a powerful app that works with almost any device, and which enables cast and crew to organize their scripts for auditions and for the work process while on-set.

To date, Rehearsal 2 has been utilized by actors on shows like Heroes, LOST, Psych, Human Target, Castle, CSI, Dexter, Outlaw, Body of Proof and more. The app also enables users to break down scripts into scenes, create reports, track continuity, and even plan blocking, shots or storyboards. The app also includes some nice extras for voice performers, enabling them to audition no matter where they are, and to e-mail their auditions as MP3s across the globe in a snap.

Scene Partner
Developer: mytheaterapps.com, LLC
Developer's Website: https://www.scenepartnerapp.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scene-partner/id375769774?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: Free

Description: helps performers learn their lines and get off book as quickly as possible. Users can use their own scripts, or choose from an increasingly lengthy selection of titles from Publisher e-Scripts (the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner).



ShowTool SM
Developer: Daniel Murfin
Developer's Website: http://www.dsmurfin.co.uk
Support: http://www.dsmurfin.co.uk/showtoolsm-support
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/showtool-sm/id352212001?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Price: $5.49

Description: An app offering a comprehensive and powerful suite of stage management utilities for the stage and the performing arts.

Includes such valuable features as a show timer, databases for marks and spikes, production checklists, props lists, e-mail contacts, and more. And don’t miss the developer’s instructions on how to access the separate lists for props, checks and marks.

Sides
Developer: Realtime Music Solutions, LLC
Developer's Website: http://www.rms.biz/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sides-free/id379120749?mt=8
Price: Listed as free, but not actually free. Trial version (with small scene) is free, all other play versions by title appear to be $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Description: Sides provides performers with a helpful way to master that massive Shakespearean work they've been cast in, and to do so directly from via iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (with more devices coming soon). Users can listen to the script read by veteran performers, view a ‘blank’ script in rehearsal mode, shake or tap for a prompt, or even create custom hints, line edits, and more. 

StageHand / Stagehand Pro
Developer: Exposure101
Developer's Website: http://www.exposure101.com
Developer's E-mail: support[at]exposure101.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exposure101.stagehand&feature=also_installed
StageHand Pro (Ad-Free Version) Google Play Listing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exposure101.stagehandpro&feature=more_from_developer
Requirements: Android 2.1 and up
Price: Free (with ads)
StageHand Pro (Ad-Free Version) Price: $1.99
Developer Premium Support E-mail: premiumsupport[at]exposure101.com

Description: StageHand is an app allowing for simple DIP switch and light beam calculations for stagehands, crew or others in stage tech.

The most recent update to the app included new tools and reference materials including a color calculator, pin outs, a watts to amps converter, and more. The app will also be adding color swatches for Lee, Apollo, Rosco, and GAM shortly.

Stage Manager
Developer: MontysMagic
Developer's Website: http://montysmagic.com
Developer's E-mail: monty[at]montysmagic.com
Listing (Google+): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.montysmagic.StageManager&feature=search_result
Price: $3.99

Description: Stage Manager is a bit of a misnomer with this app, as it was actually designed for variety entertainers and traveling performers doing smaller-scale shows and gigs, from clowns and mimes to dancers, magicians, and many more. Stage Manager won’t take the place of a professional sound board but it does enable performers to create a cue list and run those cues from their phones.



Stage Write for iPad
Developer: Open Jar Productions LLC
Developer's Website: http://stagewritesoftware.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stagewrite-for-ipad/id504168392?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Price: $199.99

Description: As one of the most expensive apps on the list, nevertheless offers a fair number of bells and whistles, functioning even on the small scale as a cutting-edge tool for directors, choreographers and stage managers that has been used in a number of Broadway shows and national tours. The app enables performers to easily document choreography, spacing, traffic patterns, and movement for theatrical events and productions, as well as cheerleading and marching band formations. The app also enables users to create dynamic spacing charts, blocking books, and track the complex movements of all moving elements of a production, from staging and blocking to choreography.

Technical Theatre Assistant
Listing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zgrannan.crewandroid&feature=search_result
Developer: Strange Idea Enterprises
Developer E-mail: zgrannan[at]gmail.com
Requirements: Android:2.2 and up
Price: Free

Description: This app enables users to save time on stage carpentry projects by helping carpenters to generate cut-lists and diagrams for set pieces. The app also includes calculators to help with carpentry tasks.

Teleprompt+ for iPad
Developer: Bombing Brain Interactive
Developer's Website: http://www.bombingbrain.com
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teleprompt+-for-ipad/id364903926?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Price: $14.99

Description: Teleprompt+ is a simple yet powerful professional teleprompter for the iPad that offers flexibility and easy prompting for presenters, lecturers, students, teachers, broadcasters, podcasters, filmmakers, musicians, business professionals, or anyone who would benefit from having a powerful visual aid while engaged in public speaking.



Theater Blocking
Developer: MontysMagic
Developer's Website: http://montysmagic.com
Developer’s E-mail: monty[at]montysmagic.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.montysmagic.TheaterBlocking&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tb250eXNtYWdpYy5UaGVhdGVyQmxvY2tpbmciXQ..
Price: $1.49

Description: Originally designed by a stage manager with performers in mind, Theater Blocking is an app that enables those in the performing arts to block their theater rehearsals or performances simply, even on the phone. Features include several stage layout options and multiple color selections, and the ability to move forward as well as backward between blockings.
 

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