Chauvet E-260WW
Chauvet E-260WW

Profile of a Profile

Craig Rutherford

A Gear Review of the Chauvet E-260WW

At LDI2016, I saw the term “theatrical” a lot. Manufacturers continue to refine and develop their technology, getting increasingly improved and consistent dimming, color stability, and color rendition, all attributes we look for in the demanding world of theatrical production. The last time I wrote about an LED profile, I wondered at how the perception of how even some professionals, failed to track the continual improvements made to LED technology over the years; LEDs no longer mean a cold and industrial color temperature. And while there are theoretical limits, we’ve achieved practical equivalence in terms of the brightness of conventional and LED profiles. Today, we’re going examine the latest generation of LED profiles from Chauvet Professional, the E-260WW, the warm white version.

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Designer David Gallo
Designer David Gallo

It’s All in the Details

Bryan Reesman

Scenic Designer David Gallo Brings '70’s Pittsburgh to Life for August Wilson’s Jitney

For Tony-Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo, creating the set for the Broadway debut of August Wilson’s Jitney staged at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre was like stepping into history. Many of the painted elements were distressed, many props alluded to the past, and the set was imbued with a sense of location history. He believes that designers have an incredible responsibility when working on such shows; in this case, it takes place in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1977.

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Clandestine Learning

David McGraw

How to Shadow a Stage Manager

Contrary to novels & TV shows, this kind of shadowing is not about spying on suspicious SMs, but observing them as they call shows. One of the best ways to improve your stage management skills is to observe other stage managers in action. Shadowing a SM is both an incredible learning opportunity and a way to network for potential future employment. So how should a new stage manager handle shadowing a veteran SM?

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Designer Clint Ramos won the 2016 Tony award for best costume design
Designer Clint Ramos won the 2016 Tony award for best costume design

The Activist Artist

Lisa Mulcahy

Tony-winning designer Clint Ramos melds his peerless creativity with a determined social conscience

Clint Ramos is known for his meticulous attention to the detail that defines the world of each play he designs costumes or sets for. Ramos works with the actors he costumes on such nuances, with a view toward helping them build their characters to perfection, and capturing the world their characters inhabit. In addition, he infuses his work with a commitment to his strong political beliefs, both by exploring the circumstances of the material he’s working on, and seeking out opportunities to change minds and promote cultural equality within his projects. His philosophy and talent has made an incredible impression.

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Scenic Artist Grace Brandt
Scenic Artist Grace Brandt

Art Meets Organization

Randi Minetor

How Grace Brandt, one of NY’s top scenic artists, made it to the Met—and beyond

The Dmitri Tcherniakov scenic design for Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera called for the principals to walk through a field of poppies—not a painted backdrop, but a practical meadow dense with nodding flowers. The blooms were slated to cover every inch of the Met’s immense stage floor, grazing the singers’ knees as they crossed through them. “Twelve thousand five hundred poppies,” says Grace Brandt, scenic artist at the Met during the opera’s construction. “Each one was on a spring wire, so the performers could walk through them and not damage them.”  A lesser company might purchase plastic flowers for such a scene, but that wouldn’t do at the Met, where grand opera productions stay in the repertoire for decades. “The word was that if you bought plastic poppies, they would fall apart and break,” Brandt says. “Sets at the Met are built to store and be used again, so we needed poppies that would withstand that.”
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Balancing Audio and Life

Vincent Olivieri

Sound designer Elisheba Ittoop talks about her path in the audio field

Sound designer and composer Elisheba Ittoop is always working to maintain a good balance between various aspects in her life. She balances her theatre design career with other sound design work. She balances her work life and her family life. She balances maintaining professional footholds in multiple American cities. Every designer must find their own balance, and Ittoop works every day to constantly adjust hers, taking advantage of her background and skillsets to craft a life that has the right balance for her and responding to changes in her life to adjust her professional activity.
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Ann Sachs with Roger Morgan
Ann Sachs with Roger Morgan

Life Song

Michael Eddy

"A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

Actor, businesswoman, and writer Ann Sachs talks about her song

Ann Sachs started her theatrical career as an actress, and she was successful at that role in her life—she worked on Broadway, most notably co-starring with Frank Langella in Dracula. Along her journey as an actress, she fostered a love for new works, she performed in a wide range of regional theatres, and she met her future—in the person of lighting designer Roger Morgan.
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