Lighting Conversations at USITT 2018

Stage Directions

At the 2018 USITT Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Stage Directions and USITT hosted the Stage Directions Studio on the show floor. Over the three days we spoke with a wide variety of theater practitioners about their thoughts and advice on an array of topics in their respective theatrical disciplines. This month we are including some of the thoughts of three lighting designers and educators. We thank them taking the time out of their schedule to generously share their experiences and thoughts with SD. Here is Todd Proffitt, Mary Tarantino and William Kenyon in their own words:

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 Masque Sound created a one-of-a-kind “Ringer Box” to deliver authentic 1920’s-era telephone sounds
Masque Sound created a one-of-a-kind “Ringer Box” to deliver authentic 1920’s-era telephone sounds

Masque Sound Makes Headlines with Audio for “The Front Page”

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — Masque Sound delivered a custom audio package for Scott Lehrer’s sound design on the Broadway revival of The Front Page. In addition to a custom audio rig built around d&b audiotechnik E-Seriers speakers, and area miking provided by DPA, Masque Sound build Lehrer a custom ringing system that could be cued from QLab and used actual 1920s phone ringers. 

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L-R Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America), Josef Valchar (CEO Robe Lighting s.r.o.), Harry von den Stemmen (Sales Director Robe Lighting s.r.o.) with their Parnelli IT Award for the Robe BMFL WashLight

Robe Releases Fixtures, Earns Awards at LDI (2)

Jacob Coakley

Robe unveiled the new Spiider LED wash beam fixture and the new Halo (an LED pixel ring that fits Par cans and can be used independently) at their mammoth light show during this year’s LDI. They also won a Parnelli Award from Timeless  Communications, the Indispensable Lighting Technology Award for their BMFL WashBeam luminaire. Video of their light demo from the trade show floor after the jump! 

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Set Out On Your Own Path

Michael Eddy

This month is our education issue and it is important in a theater career to have the skills to be prepared for the unexpected, everyday. There is very little that’s rote about a day in the theater. When things go wrong—and they will—you must react quickly. Having the training and being prepared, allows you to easily recover. You can’t dwell, you have to think through the next option(s); you still have to solve the challenge at hand. Education and experience are the things that allow you to draw upon your skill sets to see you successfully through those particular challenges. 

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