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.

Society of London Theatre Releases 2014 London Theatre Report

by Jacob Coakley

The Society of London Theatre and the National Theatre released the 2014 London Theatre Report, the first of its kind. The report aims to be a comprehensive review of the state of theatre in London, and includes information about venues, its financial impact and more. It covers theatres from the 30-seat Lord Stanley Pub to the 3,600-seat Hammersmith Apollo in the greater London area, including the City of London and the 32 London boroughs. This inaugural report sets a baseline for further studies of the impact of theatre in London and includes such notable facts as: more than 22 million people attended a London theatre performance in 2012/13; and at any point in time, London theatre employs 3,000 performers, more than 6,500 full-time non-performing staff, 5,000+ part-time staff and 5,000+ freelance staff. More details and a link to download the PDF of the report after the jump.

Solid State Logic Releases Free Offline Setup Application

by Jacob Coakley

Solid State Logic released its Offline Setup software for the SSL Live console as a free download. The SSL Offline Setup Application (SOLSA) allows users to create and edit Live console showfiles on a Mac or PC. Software settings that can be setup include fader tile layers and banks, stagebox and I/O routing, bus routing, VCA assignments and more. While SOLSA is intended to help engineers configure showfiles, it can also be used to learn how to operate a SSL Live console.