American DJ Launches UK Operation

by Stage Directions

LOS ANGELES – American DJ has continued its worldwide expansion with the opening of a sales/distribution facility in the United Kingdom.  Centrally located in Bolton, Lancashire, north of Manchester, the new operation will provide support to dealers and consumers throughout the UK. 

American Theatre Wing Accepting Applications for 2013 Jonathan Larson Grants

by Jacob Coakley
Emerging musical creators can submit their applications for a Jonathan Larson grant any time between now and Sept. 14.

 


Emerging musical creators can submit their applications for a Jonathan Larson grant any time between now and Sept. 14.

The American Theatre Wing is now accepting applications for 2013 Jonathan Larson Grants. The grants support emerging musical creators of all stripes (composers, lyricists, book writers) to continue Larson’s dream “of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.” Winners receive a cash grant, a public performance of their musical in 2013 and a residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab in Washington State for the summer of 2013. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 14.

American Theatre Wing Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Jonathan Larson Grants

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK—The American Theatre Wing is accepting applications for the 2011 Jonathan Larson Grants.  The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality. Applications must be post marked by September 1, 2010.  Recipients will be announced in January 2011. The grants will be presented and recipients’ work will be showcased for an invited industry audience in late winter, 2011.

Apollo Design Technology Celebrates 20th Anniversary

by Jacob Coakley
Apollo Design Technology still makes custom gobos, and a whole lot more after 20 years in business.

 


Apollo Design Technology still makes custom gobos, and a whole lot more after 20 years in business.

Apollo Design Technology began in the home of Joel and Keersten Nichols when they started making custom gobos in 1992. Do the math and you can see that this year they’re celebrating their 20th year in business. They do a lot more than just gobos now—including dichroics, rotators, scrollers, LED luminaires and more. Congrats, Apollo, and here’s to 20 more!

Apollo Design Technology Hires Michael Kretschmer, Promotes Rita LeFavour

by Jacob Coakley

Apollo has made a couple personnel changes. First, they’ve hired Michael Kretschmer as their mechanical engineer, and they’ve promoted Rita LeFavour customer relations specialist. Kretschmer previously worked at BAE Systems as a product process engineer and interned at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Kretschmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. LeFavour has been with Apollo for 15 years. In her new role, she will serve as the liaison between sales, customer service, management and the customer to ensure the customer receives outstanding service.

Arena Stage Finishes Year in the Black

by Jacob Coakley

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a sign of these economic troubling times, theatres are now announcing when they are financially solvent. Arena Stage released a statement today that they have finished their 2009 fiscal year in the black. On the other hand, they had to overcome more than most theatres this year—not only did they have to contend with last year’s national economic collapse, but they are also in the middle of huge renovation of their theatre, and spent this entire season “on the road” in an alternate theatres, which meant they had to convince ticket-buyers and subscribers to travel farther, and to an unfamiliar location, to see them.

Argo Thompson Joins Theatre Bay Area

by Jacob Coakley
Argo Thompson, new director of advancement and communications at Theatre Bay Area. Photo: Milton Woolley

 


Argo Thompson, new director of advancement and communications at Theatre Bay Area. Photo: Milton Woolley

Argo Thompson has been named the new director of advancement and communications at Theatre Bay Area. Thompson replaces Sam Read, who had to return to Seattle shortly after joining TBA in March. Thompson was previously the director of development Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville and also served as development director for Lamplighters Music Theatre and Mill Valley’s 142 Throckmorton Theatre. As executive director of the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rose he raised $1.3 million for a new venue for the company.

Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland Emerges as Theatre Hub

by Jacob Coakley
The 80,000-square-foot Artists Repertory  Theatre building

 


The 80,000-square-foot Artists Repertory  Theatre building

Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore., wanted to turn itself into a hub for emerging and long-established arts organizations and artists and in the past two years has taken significant strides to making that a reality. Artist Rep’s 80,000 square-foot building, which houses two performance spaces and plenty of room for art installations, also houses Portland Shakespeare Project (performances and admin offices), Profile Theatre (ditto), the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company (performing) as well as administrative offices for Polaris Dance Theatre, Portland Area Theatre Alliance, Portland Revels, The Red Door Project, and seven resident artists.

Athol Fugard Wins 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award

by Jacob Coakley

South African playwright Athol Fugard won the Japan Art Association’s 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. He is the first artist from the African continent to win the award. The Praemium Imperiale is an international prize for painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film, and comes with a 15 million yen (approximately $150,000). Presented annually by the Japan Art Association, it recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prize.