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C.A. Johnson (left) and Donja R. Love, the 2016-2017 Lark Van Lier New Voices Fellowship playwrights
C.A. Johnson (left) and Donja R. Love, the 2016-2017 Lark Van Lier New Voices Fellowship playwrights

C.A. Johnson and Donja R. Love will participate in a year-long residency at The Lark as recipients of the 2016-2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship. The year-long residency is designed to help address the lack of inclusion of early career playwrights of color in theatre with a  cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, as well as access to a wide range of Lark resources.

Read more: The Lark Names 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellows

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THE KILROYS Photo by Elisabeth Caren at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
THE KILROYS Photo by Elisabeth Caren at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Kilroys, an LA-based playwright and producer collective that fights for gender parity in American theatre, released its 2016 list of industry-recommended new plays. “The List” contains 32 production-ready plays by female and trans playwrights, chosen after surveying 230 professional artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers and more. Since its introduction in 2014, more than 100 productions of plays on The List have been mounted or announced.

Read more: Kilroys Publish 2016 Version of The List

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Gateway Set Rentals Director of Development Scot Allan shows off one of the smaller dimes (top left). Production Manager Brian Loesch loads the dimes back into the theatre on their return (bottom left). The dimes appear in the 70th Tony awards ceremony (top and bottom right).
Gateway Set Rentals Director of Development Scot Allan shows off one of the smaller dimes (top left). Production Manager Brian Loesch loads the dimes back into the theatre on their return (bottom left). The dimes appear in the 70th Tony awards ceremony (top and bottom right).

Gateway Set Rentals props made a special appearance in the 2016 Tony Awards. A set of dimes from The Gateway’s production of 42nd Street and a large red flag for Les Misérables were featured in the opening number the Tony Awards ceremony. Video of the pennies in action after the jump.

Read more: Gateway Set Rentals Props Make 2016 Tony Awards Richer

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BML-Blackbird film and TV resources become a part of 4Wall’s New York office
BML-Blackbird film and TV resources become a part of 4Wall’s New York office

4Wall Entertainment Lighting will buy the Film & Television division of BML – Blackbird Theatrical Services. In addition to the equipment purchase BML – Blackbird CEO Elliot Krowe will join the 4Wall New York office. BML – Blackbird will now focus exclusively on theatrical and live event production.

Read more: 4Wall Purchases Film & TV Division of BML-Blackbird

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The cast of Hadestown, with a sound system provided by Masque Audio.
The cast of Hadestown, with a sound system provided by Masque Audio.

For Sound Designer Robert Kaplowitz, working on Hadestown was anything but hellish thanks to his collaboration with Masque Sound. Kaplowitz created a system that kept the studio album lushness and used cross point delay matrix imaging to direct the audience’s ears. And it all came to fruition thanks to a system provided by Masque Sound that included an Avid Venue Profile console (small form factor, numerous outputs, native Convolution Reverb), a Yamaha DME delay matrix and d&b audiotechnik amps into d&b audiotechnik Q7s and E8s for mains, with E3s for surround.

Read more: Masque Sound Makes Heavenly Audio for Hadestown

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The MGC Crew as the company turns 40
The MGC Crew as the company turns 40

MGC Lighting Group—originally McCormick Greig Company—was founded June 21, 1976, and has expanded to offer more than just stage lamps. (Though they still do that, too, exporting to more than 90 countries.)

Read more: MGC Lighting Group Turns 40

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The ADJ Encore Profile 1000 WW and Encore Profile 1000 Color LED ellipsoidal fixtures
The ADJ Encore Profile 1000 WW and Encore Profile 1000 Color LED ellipsoidal fixtures

ADJ launched two new LED ellipsoidal fixtures, the Encore Profile 1000 WW and Encore Profile 1000 Color. The fixtures use powerful COB LEDs and have built-in manual zoom and focus, framing shutters and gobo slots. The new Encore Profile 1000 WW is a professional ellipsoidal fixture that utilizes a 120W warm-white COB LED with a color temperature of 3200k, CRI 98. It generates a high-power beam that can be used for everything from lighting performers on stage to projecting sharp gobo patterns. The similar Encore Profile 1000 Color fixture features a powerful 120W RGBW 4-in-1 LED light source. Both fixtures offer DMX and stand-alone control modes and zoom between 12 and 30-degrees with a beam edge that can be varied between soft and hard. Framing shutters are also included, allowing the light beam to be accurately shaped in order to illuminate exactly what is required and nothing more. Finally, variable speed strobing and 0-100% electronic dimming - with five dimming curves (Standard, Stage, TV, Architectural and Theatre) – round out the feature set of these versatile fixtures.

Read more: ADJ Releases Encore Profile 1000 WW and Encore Profile 1000 Color

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Kinky Boots will donate some Pride weekend proceeds to help Orlando charities in the wake of the nightclub tragedy.
Kinky Boots will donate some Pride weekend proceeds to help Orlando charities in the wake of the nightclub tragedy.

Kinky Boots will donate a portion of all proceeds from tickets to the sold-out Sunday, June 26 performance (during Pride weekend) to the “Our Fund Foundation,” which promotes a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBT community in Southern Florida, to help the victims and families of the recent Orlando tragedy.

Read more: Kinky Boots Donates to Our Fund Foundation

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FOH engineer Oscar Soderland (left) and Monitor engineer Peter Fredriksson use Waves Plugins on American Idiot
FOH engineer Oscar Soderland (left) and Monitor engineer Peter Fredriksson use Waves Plugins on American Idiot

American Idiot is traveling to England and audio engineers Oscar Soderland (FOH) Peter Fredriksson (monitors) chose Waves MultiRack and Waves plugins to give the show its signature sound. Soderland runs Waves using MultiRack SoundGrid on an Allen & Heath dLive console with a DM64 box and a S7000 surface, while Fredriksson uses an Allen & Heath S7000 with a M-Waves V2 card and M-DL-ADAPT card adapter.

Read more: Waves MultiRack and Plugins Smart Choice for American Idiot

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The 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards finalists in performance.
The 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards finalists in performance.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards have released the names of the 62 finalists for the eighth annual awards ceremony. The competition will take place Monday, June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre. NHSMTA nominees will prepare for their Broadway debut during a 10-day professional training intensive with NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio on Broadway faculty members plus other theatre professionals.

Read more: National High School Musical Theatre Awards Announces 62 Finalists

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