Shaw Festival Mourns Death of Director Neil Munro

by Jacob Coakley

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario—Long-time Shaw Festival Resident Director, Neil Munro died July 13, 2009 at the age of 62 at London Ontario’s University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his wife Carole Galloway and is survived by his sister Anna Munro, nephew John Munro and his mother-in-law Stella Galloway and sister-in-law Jackie Martinez.

Shaw Festival Receives Grant to Increase Accesibility

by Jacob Coakley
The Shaw Festival received $50,000 from Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund

 


The Shaw Festival received $50,000 from Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Shaw Festival will receive $50,000 from the Canadian government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to make their theatres more accessible to people with disabilities. The grant will fund the construction of a new entrance and the installation of a lift at the Royal George Theatre as well as seven automatic door openers in the Festival Theatre, Production Centre and Royal George Theatre’s accessible washrooms.

Shelah Marie Embarks on Inaugural Sustainable Theater Workshop on Haiti

by Jacob Coakley
Shelah Marie will conduct her Sustainable Theater Workshop in Haiti for three weeks in August.

 


Shelah Marie will conduct her Sustainable Theater Workshop in Haiti for three weeks in August.

Brooklyn-based performer Shelah Marie created The Sustainable Theater Workshop to help teach Haitian children how to create theatre. She’s worked the past year to create the Workshop and ran an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund a three-week trip to Haiti this summer. After her three-week workshop concludes the students will have written and performed an original work, which Marie will independently publish, so an archive of their work can be created.

Sheldon Epps Wins Irvine Leadership Award

by Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO — Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse has been honored with a 2007 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, worth $125,000. The goal of the awards program, now in its second year, is to recognize and celebrate individuals who have demonstrated ingenuity, dedication, and collaboration — and to encourage other leaders to adopt similar approaches and solutions. 

Shure Goes Green with Redesigned Packaging

by Stage Directions
NILES, Ill. – Shure Incorporated has announced that it has redesigned the packaging for all of its Microflex Installed Sound Microphones, ULX Wireless Microphone Systems, three of its wired and wireless Personal Monitor Systems (PSM), and two of its SE Sound Isolating Earphone models.  

Shure Hires James Ahlborn as CFO

by Jacob Coakley
NILES, IL—James Ahlborn has joined Shure Incorporated as vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO).  In this position, he will lead the company’s finance division and have full responsibility for all of its functions, including internal auditing, financial planning and analysis, treasury, payroll, financial reporting, cost accounting, customs, accounts payable and receivable, tax analysis, and credit.  He will also provide strategic counsel as a member of the Executive Staff.

Shure Podcasts Cover Fundamentals of Wired and Wireless Mics

by Stage Directions

NILES, Ill. – Shure Incorporated has posted several new educational podcasts, called Shurecasts, on the Company’s Web site (www.shure.com/proaudio) and on iTunes that cover the basics of wired and wireless microphones.  Topics include Transducers, Frequency Response and Directionality for wired microphones, and Choosing the Right System,  Frequency Selection and Antennas for wireless microphones. 

Six Plays Chosen as Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Winners

by Jacob Coakley
The six winners were chosen from publication out of an original field of more than 1,000 applicants.

 

The six winners were chosen from publication out of an original field of more than 1,000 applicants.

After an intense week featuring 40 plays in performance, Samuel French has announced the winners of their Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival: Bedfellows by Adam Peltzman; The Truth About Christmas by Daniel Pearle; Mountain Song by Josh Beerman; Pluck & Tenacity by Daniella Shoshan; My Name Is Yin by Tom Swift; and Hanksylvania by Travis Helwig. These short plays were chosen by judges to advance from the preliminary rounds held throughout the week for an encore performance on Saturday, July 24 (along with eight others). After watching all the entries, judges chose these scripts to be published and licensed through Samuel French. More details about how the Festival works, and a letter from Festival Coordinator Kenneth Dingledine to all who participated, after the jump.

Skylight Opera Offers to Reinstate Eliminated A.D., A.D. Refuses

by Jacob Coakley

UPDATED TUESDAY, JULY 14, 10:50 P.M.

MILWAUKEE—In June, Milwaukee’s Skylight Theatre eliminated the position of Artistic Director, along with several others in a move the theatre characterized as a cost-cutting move meant to bring stability to a worsening fiscal situation. After several weeks of persistent community protest, Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre decided at a full board meeting on Thursday July 9 to reverse course and reinstate the position of Artistic Director, offering the position to former A.D. Bill Theisen, who was let go as a result of the elimination. On the afternoon of Friday, July 10, Skylight released a statement saying that Theisen had decided not to accept the offer and will not return as Artistic Director. Theisen will still direct four shows in the 50th Anniversary season.

Snow Storm from White Light Ends Donmar Season

by Jacob Coakley

Jude Law sits in White Light-made snow in the Donmar Warehouse production of Hamlet
LONDON—London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre’s final productionof the year—Hamlet, starring Jude Law—features snow effects from lightingsupplier White Light’s Snow Machines. White Light has been involved throughoutDonmar’s current season, providing the core rig shared by lighting designersPaule Constable and Neil Austin—including Martin TW1 and ADB Warp moving lightsand Rainbow color scrollers—and then the variations of equipment demanded byeach show. For Neil Austin’s design for Hamlet this meant supplying six DHADigital Light Curtains, a set of Aero Par units with individual transformersand a selection of L&E battens mounted in the show’s floor, in addition tothe Snow Machines.