Gonzalez and Kingsley Join Association of Performing Arts Presenters

by Jacob Coakley
Gil Gonzalez, new director of conference and meetings of the APAP.

 


Gil Gonzalez, new director of conference and meetings of the APAP.

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters has added two new full-time staff members. Gil Gonazalez has joined APAP as director of conference and meetings, and Lynne Kingsley has come on board as the director of marketing and communications.

IATSE Local 295 and Regina’s Globe Theatre Reach Agreement

by Jacob Coakley
IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.

IATSE Local 295 members at the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, have ratified their first union contract with the theatre.

IATSE Local 295 has ratified the first agreement between production employees and the Globe Theatre in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. After filing for recognition from the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board in March of 2011, months of negotiation came to fruition, and a strike was averted, when IATSE and the Globe came to an agreement earlier this year. On June 25 the employees voted to ratify the agreement. According to the IATSE press release, below, the three-year agreement “includes increases to wages for both full- and part-time employees, a benefit plan and the implementation of progressive discipline.”

Le Maitre Unveils G300-Smart Smoke Machine

by Jacob Coakley
Le Maitre’s new G300-Smart Smoke Machine

The new G300-Smart from Le Maitre takes all the features of their popular G300 smoke machine and adds Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for setup, monitoring and diagnostics. It is designed to be rugged, versatile and durable, with smoke output of 51,000 cubic meters per hour. In addition, the G300-Smart has a user-friendly, easy-to-read backlit LCD display for improved user interaction. It has DMX in and out, 0-10V control, as well as fluid out and fluid low reporting. Onboard Wi-Fi allows users to set and change the configuration of the machine via their mobile device, such as a phone or tablet. The user is able to set the interval, duration and pre-delay times, as well as set the flow level, turn the unit on or off, and also diagnose and debug any errors wirelessly. Once connected via Wi-Fi, the G300-Smart can be monitored and controlled over the Internet through Le Maitre’s evolving Machine Interface Portal.

New Senior Management for Staging Concepts

by Jacob Coakley
 Staging Concepts has a new leadership in place.

 


Staging Concepts has a new leadership in place.

Staging Concepts has a new railing solution, and now they have new upper management as well. The firm announced last week they have retained John Lewis as CEO and Mostafa Ahmed as CFO.

"Great Producers" Profiles Titans of American Theatre

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK — Iris Dorbian, editor of Stage Directions magazine from 1999-2007, will release her first book this August. Entitled Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater, and published by Allworth Press, Dorbian's book offers an in-depth look at the great producing legends of the theatrical world.

 

NEW YORK — Iris Dorbian, editor of Stage Directions magazine from 1999-2007, will release her first book this August. Entitled Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater, and published by Allworth Press, Dorbian's book offers an in-depth look at the great producing legends of the theatrical world.

 

10 New ETCP Testing Centers Available in Canada

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK—ETCP has added 10 new testing centers in Canada. All three exams are now available for computer-based testing in Ontario at Sylvan Learning Centres in the cities of Courtice, Etobicoke, Oakville, Pickering, Scarborough, Vaughn and at three locations in Mississauga. Testing is also available at Robertson College in Winnipeg, MB.

 

 

110 in the Shade Glows on Broadway with ETC

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK — Tony-nominated lighting designer Chris Akerlind, created the complex effects for the revival of the Broadway musical 110 in the Shade (Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company), employing ETC’s new Eos control console.

NEW YORK — Tony-nominated lighting designer Chris Akerlind, created the complex effects for the revival of the Broadway musical 110 in the Shade (Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company), employing ETC’s new Eos control console.

1214 Foundation To Produce Seussical: The Musical

by Jacob Coakley
The 1214 Foundation will cast 60-80 Newtown, Conn., students to perform alongside Broadway actors in Seussical: The Musical

 


The 1214 Foundation will cast 60-80 Newtown, Conn., students to perform alongside Broadway actors in Seussical: The Musical

The 1214 Foundation aims to build a performing arts center in Newtown as “a living remembrance of the events of December 14, 2012.” To help achieve that dream the Foundation has recruited several august theatre names to its board, including  lighting designer and creator of Theatre Projects Consultants Richard Pilbrow, noted New York entertainment lawyer Richard Ticktin and Michael Price, chief executive director and founder of Goodspeed Musicals. Its next steps towards making the dream of a memorial PAC come true will be a performance of Seussical: The Musical at Newtown High School this August. The show will be directed by Michael Unger (A Christmas Carol – McCarter Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – world premiere), Jeffrey Saver (End of the Rainbow, Chicago, Sister Act) will musical direct and Tony Award-winning producer, Van Dean (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Porgy and Bess, Matilda) will executive produce and Jennifer Paulson Lee (City of Angels – Goodspeed, Annie Get Your Gun – Lincoln Center, Enter Laughing – York Theatre/Mark Taper Forum) will choreograph. In addition to this all-star team and Broadway actors the show will cast 60-80 Newtown students between the ages of 5-18 to be a part of the ensemble, and offer 20 behind-the-scenes apprentice positions to junior and senior high school students as well.

2009 Jimmy Award-Winners Announced

by Jacob Coakley
High School performers from across the country perform in The Jimmy Awards opening number

 

High School performers from across the country perform in The Jimmy Awards opening number

NEW YORK and PITTSBURGH—Nederlander Alliances, LLC and Pittsburgh CLO, co-producers and founding partners of The National High School Musical Theater Awards, presented the first annual Jimmy Awards in a ceremony held Monday night at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University.  The awards show was hosted by television and theatre personality Kathie Lee Gifford.  Awards were presented by multiple Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune (The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel); Broadway veterans Neil Haskell (9 to 5 the Musical, “So You Think You Can Dance” ); Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables); and Jason Tam (A Chorus Line, “One Life to Live”).

 

2012 Jonathon Larson Grants Now Accepting Submissions

by Jacob Coakley
Winners of the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grants will be announced in January of 2012

 


Winners of the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grants will be announced in January of 2012

The American Theatre Wing is now accepting applications for the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grants. The annual grants support emerging musical theatre makers (composers, lyricists, book writers) and continue Larson’s drive to infuse musical theatre with “a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.” Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 9. More info and a link to the instructions after the jump.