Christopher Kuhl Wins 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award

by Jacob Coakley
Christopher Kuhl has won the 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award from Center Theatre Group. Photo by Craig Schwartz
Christopher Kuhl has won the 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award from Center Theatre Group. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Congrats to Christopher Kuhl, winner of the 2011 Richard E. Sherwood Award from Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group. The Sherwood award aims to support early-career theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles and comes with a $10,000 prize. Kuhl’s work was chosen because it blends “scenic and lighting elements seamlessly into a production.”

Cincinnati Arts Association Renews with Paciolan

by Jacob Coakley
Paciolan will continue to provide ticketing and marketing services to Cincinnati-area arts orgs.

 


Paciolan will continue to provide ticketing and marketing services to Cincinnati-area arts orgs.

Cincinnati Arts Association has renewed its contract with Paciolan, a ticketing and marketing software solution. CAA is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall, and serves more than a dozen regional resident companies.

City Theatre Cuts Three Staff Positions

by Stage Directions

PITTSBURGH – The City Theatre of Pittsburgh has cut three staff positions in an attempt to remedy a $75,000 deficit in expected revenue. Margie Romero, director of communications, Fred Betzner, patron services manager and Props Assistant Rachel Ferrari have been permanently let go from the theatre. 

City Theatrical SHoW Baby 5

by Jacob Coakley
The City Theatrical SHoW Baby 5

 


The City Theatrical SHoW Baby 5

The City Theatrical SHoW Baby 5 is the latest member of City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX  wireless DMX system. As the name implies, SHoW Baby 5 now has five SHoW IDs, allowing systems to be scaled up to multi universe broadcasts by using more than one transmitter, or as a way of avoiding interference from other SHoW Babys in the area. SHoW Baby 5 is still plug and play. Each unit is a transceiver and by plugging a DMX cable in, it automatically selects itself to be a Transmitter. If nothing is plugged into the DMX IN port, it selects itself to be a Receiver. SHoW Baby 5 is the same price as the original SHoW Baby ($350 list price in the U.S and £230 in Europe), and is compatible with all existing SHoW Babys in the world.

City Theatrical’s D Series Dimmer Family

by Jacob Coakley
City Theatrical’s entire D Series Dimmer Family of low-voltage dimmers.

City Theatrical’s entire D Series Dimmer Family of low-voltage dimmers.

City Theatrical has re-branded their various low-voltage dimmers—useful for incandescent lamps in props and scenery, costume practicals, LEDs and LED Tape and even high-capacity dimmers for permanent installations—into one line of products, to make it more logical which product will best suit a customer’s needs.

Clear-Com ICON Connectivity Solutions

by Jacob Coakley
Clear-Com’s ICON Connectivity Solutions components

 


Clear-Com’s ICON Connectivity Solutions components

Clear-Com’s new ICON Connectivity Solutions line is a collection of communications products that link local or geographically distributed intercom systems over Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber. ICON Solutions, which stands for “Intercom CONnectivity Solutions,” is designed to provide reliable and secure connections and deliver high performance on common infrastructures while staying cost-effective for scalable multi-system networks—whether those intercoms are located in separate buildings, in the same vicinity, or halfway around the world. They are adaptable to existing network quality and bandwidth. Network connections are secure and tolerant of outages.

Coemar Reflection LEDko Receives Special Mention at ABTT Awards

by Jacob Coakley
The Coemar Reflection LEDko was honored by the ABTT.

The Coemar Reflection LEDko was honored by the ABTT.
The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) honored Coemar’s LEDko, an LED profile fixture, at the ABTT 2011 Awards Ceremony. Coemar introduced the LEDko at the Pro Light + Sound show in Frankfurt, Germany, and touts the fixture as “the first LED profiler able to project a shaped light with diffused edges.” Was anyone able to check it out there? I’m sure it’ll will be on a lot of people’s lists at the upcoming PLASA and LDI shows.

Community VLF Series

by Stage Directions

Community Professional has introduced the new VLF Series of Versatile Low Frequency loudspeakers. The VLF line boasts a compact, low-profile design that fits into areas where larger subwoofers are impractical. 

Congressional Subcommittee Again Votes to Cut Funding for NEA

by Jacob Coakley

In a good news/bad news situation, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other cultural institutions—but with a 5% budget cut. While this is certainly better than the proposed 49% cut they started with last year, it’s still a reduction of $8 million. Congressional Arts Caucus members Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) objected to the cuts, with McCollum noting that cutting funding “means cutting jobs in my district and around the country.” The bill now heads into the full House Appropriations Committee to be further debated, and changes there could add more money or more cuts to the budget. To find out who your representative is and to contact their office to urge them to keep funding levels where they are—or even increase them—visit the U.S. Representatives website: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Constable To Start Network to Support Women Working in Stage Lighting

by Jacob Coakley

LONDON—Stage News is reporting that Olivier Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable is set to spearhead “an industry-wide support network for women employed in technical roles in the theatre.” According to the article Constable, currently represented on London’s West End with the Oliver! revival, wants to provide women working in lighting with an avenue to promote themselves as well as forum to network and share experiences. The organization will be called Women in Lighting, and according to the Stage will be designed to “battle the sense of ‘isolation’ she claims women feel in what is still a ‘male-dominated’ industry."