Writers’ Theatre Chooses Studio Gang Architects for New Theatre Design

by Jacob Coakley
Writers’ Theatre and Studio Gang will team up to envision a new theatre.

 


Writers’ Theatre and Studio Gang will team up to envision a new theatre.

They undertook an international search, but went with a local firm: Writers’ Theatre, searching for an architect who understands Chicago neighborhoods, and theatre, chose Studio Gang Architects, led by Jeanne Gang, to design a new home for Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

Writers’ Theatre Receives $100k NEA “Our Town” Grant

by Jacob Coakley
The Writers’ Theatre will use the $100,000 to build a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, Ill.

 


The Writers’ Theatre will use the $100,000 to build a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, Ill.

Whatever its challenges, the NEA is certainly looking to change the way it interacts with arts orgs. It is giving out fewer small grants to small orgs, and betting on larger grants to projects that go beyond just institutional support. Their “Our Town” grant initiative grant awards money to a non-profit org that has partnered with a local government entity for a project that will “will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” That’s a far step from simply giving operating funds to artists and arts orgs. The latest recipient of an NEA Our Town grant is the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Ill. The grant will help Writers’ Theatre build a new theatre in downtown Glencoe. The new theatre center will be designed by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang and Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects (SGA), and is meant to expand Chicago’s North Shore cultural corridor.

Writers’ Theatre Welcomes Stuart Carden as Associate Artistic Director

by Jacob Coakley

Stuart Carden, new associate artistic director at Writers Theatre
GLENCOE, IL—Writers’ Theatre has appointed Stuart Carden associate artistic director. 

“I’m so excited to be in collaboration with Stuart,” said Michael Halberstam, executive director the Writers’.  “He has a rich background in literary development, a keen and ambitious scope of work as a director and a passion for the administrative challenges that come with supporting artistic direction.  In a very short time I believe we will see Stuart’s strength of perspective and influence find its way onto the stages of Writers’ Theatre.”

Writing the Monograph on William Ivey Long

by Michael Eddy

At USITT 2018, renowned costume designer William Ivey Long and professor/author Bobbi Owen were on hand to unveil, and sign, the monograph The Designs of William Ivey Long. The USITT American Designers Monograph Series is devoted to documenting the work of America’s best theatrical designers and is published by United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). Stage Directions had the great good fortune to sit down and speak with both Long and Owen right after their book signing.

Writing The Production Manager's Toolkit

by Cary Gillett and Jay Sheehan

"If you think you have nothing to lose then the risk will always be worth it.  If you want something, ask for it.  All they can say is no. This type of mindset is entirely responsible for how The Production Manager’s Toolkit became a reality." - Cary Gillett & Jay Sheehan

[In the September 2018 SD issue Cary Gillett and Jay Sheehan wrote a wonderful piece about Taking Chances for their Production Manager's Corner column. In it they noted that the common denominator that gave them the chance to take risks and dream endlessly was the understanding that they had nothing to lose. This thinking is what ultimately led to them writing the insightful and invaluable The Production Manager's Toolkit, a wonderful resource for students and mid-career professionals. Here they tell us how the book was the result of taking a chance. -Ed.Note]

Wybron Adds Jim Koza to Sales Team

by Stage Directions
Jim Koza, new Eastern Regional Sales Director for Wybron.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—Jim Koza has joined Wybron sales team as Eastern Regional Sales Director. Jim brings to Wybron more than 18 years experience in sales, marketing, and executive sales management from diverse industries. For the past 10 years Jim has been in business outsourcing, distribution, manufacturing and channel sales where he was responsible for national sales for two separate companies in the consumer electronics, satellite, and wireless internet industry. 

Wybron Appoints Director of Technologies

by Stage Directions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wybron, Inc., a lighting company serving the entertainment, house of worship and architecture industries, has promoted John Sondericker to director of technologies. 

Wybron Cygnus Incite LED 375W Profile

by Jacob Coakley
The Wybron Cygnus Incite LED 375W Profile

 

The Wybron Cygnus Incite LED 375W Profile

Wybron’s latest addition to its Cygnus line is the new Cygnus Incite 375W Profile fixture, designed to deliver a bright profile light with patent pending color mixing and a color rendering index of 92. According to manufacturer testing it puts out 6400 peak field lumens, while consuming a maximum of 375 watts. It has a four-channel mixing mode (RGBW) and uses Cree LEDs rated for 60,000 hours of lamp life. It is available with 19º, 26º and 36º lens tubes and comes with a 5-pin XLR connector for DMX and RDM feedback.

Wybron Employees Form Gel Services, Inc.

by Jacob Coakley

In the wake of last week’s news that lighting equipment company Wybron would be closing comes news that the employees of Wybron have formed a new company—Gel Services, Inc. (GSI). GSI has purchased some of Wybron’s assets and will continue to provide some of Wybron’s core services, including gelstring production and color changer service and repair. GSI will also continue to support the Gel Swatch Library app and other Wybron iOS apps. Gel Services, Inc., will open for business on July 1.

Wybron Hosts Second Round of Focus Groups

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK – Lighting industry veteran Wybron, Inc. will host another series of focus groups July 9 in New York City to gather feedback on its existing products and to preview some new ones.