World Wide Theatre Web

by Jacob Coakley
The new home page of the Theatre Resources Directory


The new home page of the Theatre Resources Directory
Plenty of caffeine and coding later, the Theatre Resources Directory comes online

Welcome to the 2012 Stage Directions Theatre Resources Directory! Once again we’ve combed the known universe to bring all the companies you might need to put on a show and put them at your fingertips. This year, though, we did even more than that: We put them online, too.

WorldStage Absorbs Theatrical Concepts

by Jacob Coakley

Steve Gilbard, owner of Theatrical Concepts, now Senior Technologist consultant to WorldStage
NEW YORK—WorldStage, Inc., the holding company for Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI) and Video Applications, Inc. (VAI), has reached an agreement with Steve Gilbard, owner and CEO of Theatrical Concepts, Inc. (TCI) to integrate their substantial equipment assets and appoint Gilbard as Senior Technologist.

WorldStage Builds iPhone App to Create Video Effect on Bare

by Jacob Coakley
WorldStage also partnered with Projection Designer William Cusick on Salomes Envisage, shown here.

 


WorldStage also partnered with Projection Designer William Cusick on Salomes Envisage, shown here.

This is a cool story about how designers push the limits, and the companies that help them. Projection designer William Cusick needed a special camera effect for the current Off-Broadway production of Bare. Cusick was asked to create an effect where a live-feed from a camera-phone would get projected on set, and a still picture would be taken from the feed, then used later in the show. For this not-inconsiderable technical challenge, he turned to WorldStage. Michael Kohler at WorldStage wrote a custom live-streaming app that could accomplish the effect.

WorldStage East Moves Back to Manhattan

by Jacob Coakley
The new WorldStage East space was designed by Shelly Sabel

 


The new WorldStage East space was designed by Shelly Sabel

WorldStage East has moved its administrative offices back to Manhattan after a decade in Long Island City. The new office will be at 259 West 30th Street, an address that was chosen thanks to its proximity to clients, event spaces, public transportation and convenience to WorldStage’s New Jersey warehouse. Shelly Sabel, WorldStage’s new director of design, was responsible for the “playful” look of the new space.

WorldStage Provide Video and AV Support for American Idiot Tour

by Jacob Coakley
American Idiot: The Musical keeps its amazing video design in its road production thanks to the work of WorldStage

 


American Idiot: The Musical keeps its amazing video design in its road production thanks to the work of WorldStage

WorldStage, the new brand from Scharf Weisberg and Video Applications, is providing AV support to the national tour of American Idiot: The Musical, the Green Day rock opera. The musical features a lot of video—especially on the three dozen flatscreen monitors worked into the set as well as the large projections on the set walls. WorldStage delivered a system that could handle all the video requirements and the rigors of the road. One big demand was the 40 separate channels of video necessary to drive the monitors and projectors. WorldStage used United Visual Artists’ D3 4ru quad-output media servers each outfitted with a 4x multi-display adapter to ensure the show would have 37 discrete images on 37 monitors. At WorldStage Lars Pedersen was the account executive on the project, TJ Donoghue was project manager, Barry Grossman design engineer, Raoul Herrera media server technician and Dennis Alfonso projectionist. Robert Allen is the touring video manager for the show.

WorldStage Provides Video Support for Lucky Guy

by Jacob Coakley
The set of Lucky Guy

 


The set of Lucky Guy

WorldStage provided video support for Lucky Guy on Broadway, Nora Ephron’s play about tabloid journalism starring Tom Hanks, which is nominated for six Tony Awards, including scenic and lighting design. Video projection was key in establishing place and time for the show. Robin Silverstri, a creative director/partner at Batwin + Robin designed the show, creating a palette of “film noir-style fragments, shadows and elements rather than literal video clips.” The video system consisted of multiple projection screens, each of which was atypically sized and oriented, LED video panels, and a forced perspective ceiling panel above the set, which offered additional display surfaces. Video was served from a centralized Dataton WATCHOUT media server system. How they got it all to work is pretty fascinating—check out the full details below.

WorxAudio M80X2-P Line Array

by Stage Directions
WorxAudio Technologies has introduced the M80X2-P Line Array, a new addition to the company’s TrueLine Series. The M80X2-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact line array loudspeaker system. The M80X2-P line array incorporates two modules, each with a medium format, 1-inch exit compression driver coupled to a stabilized proprietary FlatWave Former (wave shaping device) that delivers clear, penetrating high frequencies over a predictable and controlled coverage area.

WorxAudio On Board for Winthrop University’s Anything Goes

by Jacob Coakley

ROCK HILL, SC—Every two years, Winthrop University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts teams up with the School of Music to produce a musical theatre presentation. This year’s combined effort was the classically entertaining Anything Goes—based on the collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Anything Goes was staged to rave reviews at the University’s Johnson Theatre, inside Johnson Hall. The musical, which ran the last two weekends of February and concluded Sunday, March 1st, employed a specially assembled sound reinforcement system centered around the new TrueLine X2-P line array from Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.

WorxAudio Releases XL1 Line Array Loudspeaker

by Jacob Coakley
The WorxAudio XL1 Line Array Loudspeaker

The new XL1 line array loudspeaker from WorxAudio (a division of PreSonus) is the latest addition to their TrueLine family of line array loudspeaker systems. Designed as an ultra-compact high performance system for the reproduction of speech and music program material, the new XL1 is available in both touring and install versions—both powered and passive. The new WorxAudio XL1 is a two-way, high efficiency, line array loudspeaker that incorporates a large format 1.4-inch exit compression driver coupled to a stabilized proprietary FlatWave Former that delivers clear, penetrating high frequencies over a predictable and controlled coverage area. Dual 8-inch cone transducers coupled to the (A.I.M.) Acoustic Integrating Module minimize cone filtering throughout the entire operating range.

WorxAudio Technologies Tl215s-P Subwoofer

by Jacob Coakley
GREENSBORO, NC—WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets is now shipping its TrueLine Series TL215S-P bass loudspeaker system. The systems features a compact form factor that is designed for both touring sound and fixed installations.