Behind the Scenes Surpasses $250k In Giving

by Jacob Coakley
Behind the Scenes helps entertainment technology professionals who have become ill or injured.

 


Behind the Scenes helps entertainment technology professionals who have become ill or injured.

In a statement that is both great and horrible, Behind the Scenes has announced that they have issued more than $250,000 in grants to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured. The grants are given when people are at the end of their rope and facing catastrophic consequences from the cost of health care and are a godsend to the people who receive them. (Just read the quotes in the release below for evidence of that.) And, of course, a quarter of a million given out means that much had to be raised. Check out the release below, then surf over to their website and donate some dough to help your fellow crewmember.

Behringer MS8000 Mic Splitter

by Naomi Crews

The new MS8000 from Behringer is an ultra-low noise 8-in/16-out microphone splitter. The 1RU MS8000 features 8 XLR Input sockets on the front panel for your mics and DI boxes, along with a LIFT/GND switch to eliminate hum or other noise from ground loops. Each channel features an XLR Direct Out connector, which outputs a post-transformer copy of the input signal, and a second XLR Link Out connector sends a pre-transformer copy of the input signal. With its Input Link functionality, users can connect two adjacent channels, doubling the output possibilities of the common input signal, or even working as a passive mixer. All of MS8000’s channel Link Out XLR connectors allow your mixer or mic preamp to pass available phantom power to the XLR In connectors and on to your devices.

Ben Nye Makeup Hits Milestone 50 Years

by Michael Eddy

Started in 1967, The Ben Nye Makeup company was founded by the renowned makeup artist Ben Nye, Sr. who had worked in Hollywood for over 30 years on over 500 feature films. Nye was well-known for his iconic style of realism and significant achievements in makeup for film; including creating makeup for Asian, Latino, and African American actors. After starting out as an apprentice in the mid-1930s, he worked on Gone With the Wind in 1938 and mixed colors for actress Butterfly McQueen. Around 1957, 20-years after that film, there was still only basic, generic foundations available, so he started to make his own makeup for people of color, filling a niche that he felt was not being served for these actors.

Today Ben Nye is still family-owned, now being run by his youngest son Dana Nye, who started working with his father in 1970. Ben Nye Makeup is today known the world over for exceptional quality and is a resource for professional makeup artists of stage and screen. Working closely with their clients, Ben Nye has responded to artists’ needs and changing styles of the time by developing an ever-expanding line of makeup products that address them all, including the need for high definition makeup about a decade ago. 

Berkeley Rep Announces 2009-2010 Fellowship Cohort, Supported by Grant from American Express

by Jacob Coakley
Berkeley Rep will support 16 emerging theatre fellows this year thanks to grants from American Express and the Koret Foundation

 

Berkeley Rep will support 16 emerging theatre fellows this year thanks to grants from American Express and the Koret Foundation

BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Repertory Theatre has awarded 16 emerging theatre practitioners from across the nation with fellowships for their upcoming 2009-2010 season. The fellowships will be supported by a generous $50,000 grant from American Express, complementing a similar gift received earlier from the Koret Foundation. Every year college graduates from across America develop their leadership skills by working alongside accomplished professionals and renowned artists at the Tony Award-winning theatre.

 

Berkeley Rep Announces 2010-2011 Fellows

by Stage Directions
BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Repertory Theatre  has named 15 college graduates to its fellowship program from the upcoming year. The cohort includes members from across America, and five Northern-California natives. Fellows will collaborate on eight shows with renowned artists such as Lemony Snicket and Sarah Ruhl. The new Berkeley Rep fellows are: Daniela Becerra, Amy Bobeda, Samantha Budd, Lindsay Cramond, Wendi Gross, Champagne Hughes, Margot Leonard, Candice Renee McDowell, Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn, Krys Ritchie, Rachel Steinberg, Kate Vangeloff, Amanda Warner, Allison Whorton and Jennifer Wills.

Berkeley Rep Announces New Board Lineup

by Jacob Coakley
Marjorie Randolph will return as the president of Berkeley Rep’s board of directors.


Marjorie Randolph will return as the president of Berkeley Rep’s board of directors.

Berkeley Rep’s had a busy summer. They’re finishing up their first collaborative lab, The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, and recently announced they’ll be taking their production of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish to Hong Kong. They’ve also announced the new lineup of their board of directors that will help guide them to greater things over the next year. They’ve also added four people to their board of trustees, Returning to the board for a fourth term as president is Marjorie Randolph, who recently retired as senior vice president for Walt Disney Studios. The full list of the board, and the theatre’s 28 trustees (including four new appointees) are in the release below.

Berkeley Rep Names 2011-2012 Fellows

by Jacob Coakley
Berkeley Repertory Theatre will host 16 fellows in all areas of theatrical production.

 


Berkeley Repertory Theatre will host 16 fellows in all areas of theatrical production.

Berkeley Rep has announced the names of their 2011-2012 fellows. Fellowships at Berkeley Rep offer 16 new college graduates an 11-month internship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where they’ll learn more about their chosen field in theatre, as well as how a major regional theatre works. The new fellows are: Elliott Ares, Akasha Atherton, Amy Bobeda, Mariko Conner, Kathryn Gucik, Mary Kay Hickox, Hana Kadoyama, Anya Kazimierski, Alling Langing, Hannah Lennett, Julie McCormick, Shari McDonald, Gayle Riess, Benjamin Sandberg, Kyle Sircus, Brandon Weinbrenner.

Berkeley Rep Names 2012-2013 Fellows

by Jacob Coakley
The Berkeley Rep Fellows will begin their commitment in August.

 


The Berkeley Rep Fellows will begin their commitment in August.

Berkeley Rep has awarded 16 fellowships for their upcoming season. The recent college graduates will participate in the training program at the Rep, attending training seminars and working alongside professionals in their chosen discipline for 11 months.

Berkeley Rep Receives Edgerton Award

by Stage Directions
BERKELEY, Calif. – Berkeley Repertory Theatre has received a grant to fund its 50th world premiere. The Edgerton Foundation presented the Tony Award-winning theatre with its coveted New American Play Award to support the latest work from the team that made Eurydice a national hit.

Berkeley Rep Sings Praises of Countryman Mics

by Jacob Coakley
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stew and de’Adre Aziza (left – right) wear Countryman E6 earset microphones in the world premiere of Passing Strange at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: www.kevinberne.com.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stew and de’Adre Aziza (left – right) wear Countryman E6 earset microphones in the world premiere of Passing Strange at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Photo credit: www.kevinberne.com.
James Ballen, sound supervisor for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, talks about why he likes using Countryman mics and direct boxes. It’s an interesting read—and got me thinking about things not just from a technical specification angle, but how mics works with physiology—as Ballen says below, if an actor doesn’t like the way a mic fits or feels, they’re not going to perform very well.