Big-D Construction of Salt Lake City Will Build Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

by Jacob Coakley

Big-D Construction of Salt Lake City will be the general contractor for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, a $35-million project that will build two new theatres for the Utah Shakespeare Festival (as well as artistic and production facilities) and the Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City, Utah. The new Engelstad Theatre at the Utah Shakespeare Festival will replace the aging outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theatre, with the same intimate feel but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating. The second theare will be the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre, a new 200-seat studio which will provide a third, flexible option for Festival programming.

Bill Sapsis to Keynote PLASA Rigging Conference

by Jacob Coakley

The PLASA Rigging Conference will be held Monday, Oct. 6 alongside the PLASA London show. The fifth annual Rigging Conference will be the first to be delivered as a one-day event, in the hopes it will improve accessibility and reduce the cost of attendance. Chris Higgs of Total Solutions will curate the conference, and Bill Sapsis, of Sapsis Rigging, will be the keynote speaker.

Blizzard Lighting Colorise Zoom RGBAW

by Jacob Coakley
The Colorise Zoom RGBAW

The Colorise Zoom RGBAW uses 36, 3W RGBAW LEDs to produce a 10°-40° zoom-able beam angle, with a diffused optical lens. It includes Blizzard Ligthing’s AnyFi wireless DMX receiver built-in and can support 2.4Ghz and W-DMX signal types. It uses natural convection cooling for silent operation in theatres, houses of worship or other sound sensitive environments. It also has preset color and white color temperature settings, variable electronic dimmer and strobe, color calibration settings, and 32-bit dimming curve settings for smoother dimming capabilities.

Blizzard Lighting Releases Lo-Pro CSI

by Jacob Coakley
The Lo-Pro CSI from Blizzard Lighting, a UV wash fixture

Blizzard Lighting’s new Lo-Pro CSI is a powerful LED black light PAR fixture that uses 36, 3-watt LEDs that emit 365nm UV. It has two  pixel patterns and a 15° beam angle. The black light can be controlled with 1-5 channels of DMX and comes with built-in auto and sound active programs with variable electronic strobe and dimming capabilities. The Lo-Pro CSI comes equipped with PowerCON compatible AC in/out and DMX in/out jacks, fitted with compact die-cast aluminum housing, and features a two-piece mounting yoke allowing flexibility in positioning.

BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Accepting Composer and Lyricist Applications

by Jacob Coakley
The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is a two-year musical theatre writing intensive

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is a two-year musical theatre writing intensive
The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications for composers and lyricists. The Workshop is a two-year musical theatre writing intensive that pairs writers and composers and gives them the space to learn their craft. The Workshop is completely free for participants. More about the workshop, the application process, and a link to the application form after the jump.

Bomb Scare and Injuries in the U.K.

by Stage Directions

LONDON — Two cast members in the London revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat were injured during technical rehearsals. The two performers had their toes crushed by a moving staircase. The show’s spokesperson reported that the performers were not seriously injured and have returned to rehearsals after treatment.

Brian Lawlor Steps Down From, Phil Locicero Elected To, IATSE General Executive Board

by Jacob Coakley
Phil Locicero was unanimously elected to the board to fill Brian Lawlor’s vacated seat.

 


Phil Locicero was unanimously elected to the board to fill Brian Lawlor’s vacated seat.

Brian J. Lawlor, international vice-president and co-director of stagecraft on the IATSE general executive board, stepped down from his position last week, citing “life’s too short.” He will be moving back to his hometown of Orlando, Fla., at the end of August but will remain active in the stagecraft department of the International. He was replaced by Local 478 President Phil Locicero, who was elected unanimously by the board.

Broadway Ad Agency SpotCo Launches New Marketing Division

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—One of Broadway’s leading advertising agencies, SpotCo, has announced that it will launch a new division, which will offer added value marketing services, including sponsorship acquisitions, strategic partnerships, groups sales management, promotions and grassroots marketing. Broadway marketer Nick Pramik will lead the new venture in providing these services to producers of live entertainment in New York City and on tour across North America.

 

Broadway By the Bay Appoints Executive Director

by Stage Directions

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Broadway by the Bay has announced the appointment of Jim Gardia as its new executive director, effective July 1, 2008, bringing the company’s national search to an end. Artistic Director Brooke Knight said, “We are so pleased to have someone on board with Jim’s vision, enthusiasm and experience. The whole staff is looking forward to working with Jim toward continued growth of the company and keeping the arts alive and flourishing here on the Peninsula.”