Changing Roles
Dawn Chiang
Dawn Chiang

Lighting designer and theatre consultant Dawn Chiang joined the board of the Behind the Scenes Foundation to continue their work to help injured or ill technology professionals in the entertainment industry. Chiang's designs have appeared on Broadway and across the country and she is also a senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants.

Read more: Dawn Chiang Named to Behind the Scenes Board

Industry News
CAD Audio has new distributors in Asia, Europe, South America, South Africa and more.
CAD Audio has new distributors in Asia, Europe, South America, South Africa and more.

CAD Audio has linked up with a host of new international distributors, expanding their reach in Japan, Brazil, Germany, Chile, Australia, France and more.

Read more: CAD Audio Expands International Availability

Industry News
Equity’s new website aims to explain the new contracts and showcase what opportunities are still available for actors.
Equity’s new website aims to explain the new contracts and showcase what opportunities are still available for actors.

Actors’ Equity created a website to provide official information about the new contracts and membership rules available for use in LA County theatres with 99 seats or fewer. This website is designed to help Equity members and other interested parties better understand what the contracts and internal union membership rules mean, and learn more about the wide range of opportunities available for Equity members to participate in 99-seat theatre.

Read more: Actors’ Equity Launches 99-Seat-Plan Website

Tools of the Trade
The H1 Hazer, H5 Hazer and A1 DMX Fan, all part of Mega-Lite’s new line of atmospheric effects from their new division, Mega FX.
The H1 Hazer, H5 Hazer and A1 DMX Fan, all part of Mega-Lite’s new line of atmospheric effects from their new division, Mega FX.

Mega-Lite unveiled a division offering atmospheric effects: Mega FX. The new line includes two hazers (the H1 and H5) and the A1 DMX Fan. The H1 and H5 Hazers from Mega FX are designed to create haze with long hang times and even particle dispersion. At full intensity, the H5 Hazer can quickly fill up a space with haze at 10,000 cubic feet per minute. It is controllable via DMX and a wireless controller. The H1 is a compact yet powerful hazer, capable of producing 9,000 cubic feet per minute—with a warm-up time of only one minute. The A1 DMX Fan is a professional, DMX controlled fan to enhance performances and environments.

Read more: Mega-Lite Launches Mega FX Line of Atmospheric Effects

Tools of the Trade
The Chauvet Professional Ovation B-2805FC and Ovation B-565FC batten fixtures
The Chauvet Professional Ovation B-2805FC and Ovation B-565FC batten fixtures

Chauvet Professional has released the first batten fixture in their Ovation line. The Ovation Ovation B-2805FC and Ovation B-565FC battens feature an RGBA-Lime LED system that creates bolder, more vivid colors and brighter whites.  A 69”x 8.26” x 8.13” (1,753 x 210 x 207 mm) linear fixture, the Ovation B-2805FC is powered by 280 8-watt LEDs. Its smaller counterpart, the Ovation B-565FC, measures 13.9” x 7.48” x 8.14” (355 x 190 x 207 mm), and is powered by 56 8-watt LEDs. Both of the Ovation battens come with a holographic filter to seamlessly blends colors at the fixture’s aperture. The filter locks into place, so it can be used in any orientation without losing its position. The batten can be controlled via RDM, Art-Net and sACN, in addition to standard DMX.  Up to 10 sections can be controlled individually for maximum flexibility. An easily accessible Virtual Color Wheel matched to popular Rosco gels and color temperature presets also make programming easier.

Read more: Chavuet Releases Ovation Batten Fixtures

Editor's Note
SD Editor Jacob Coakley
SD Editor Jacob Coakley

The Vegas heat has made a scramble of my brain

Folks, it finally happened. I’ve snapped in the heat. I looked at the weather today and thought to myself “Oh, it’s only 107 degrees—that’s not so bad.” 

It is bad. 107 is objectively too hot. Even if it is cooler than the past few days. And even though air conditioning is great, the dog days of summer are piling up on me, making concentration hard and research even harder. All I want is to dip my feet in the pool and cool off—and to hell with the actors in Metamorphoses yelling at me to get off the stage. 

Read more: Dog Days of Summer

Changing Roles
Tom Stanziano, 4Wall’s new business development manager
Tom Stanziano, 4Wall’s new business development manager

Tom Stanziano will operate as 4Wall Entertainment Lighting’s business development manager—a new position. He will be based in 4Wall’s Nashville office and suppor the southeast region.

Read more: 4Wall Hires Tom Stanziano

Theatre Buzz
Applications for the Playwrights’ Arena program are due Friday, Sept. 23.
Applications for the Playwrights’ Arena program are due Friday, Sept. 23.

In its third year, Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena program is throwing open its doors to playwrights as well as actors, designers, directors—anyone who writes their own work. Five theatre makers will be chosen to convene monthly with Arena staff while they create their new work.

Read more: Arena Stage Accepting Applications for 2017 Playwrights’ Arena Program

Industry News
Broadway Media Distribution now offers ImageCue through Adoline/AV
Broadway Media Distribution now offers ImageCue through Adoline/AV

In a bid to give even small theatres a powerful video server solution, Broadway Media Distribution and and Adoline/AV have teamed up to distribute the ImageCue media server. ImageCue controls video playback via DMX, streamlining the playback process by eliminating the need for a separate computer to run video. In addition to being easy to use and run, the ImageCue contains advanced features such as full RGB mixing of the background and color mixing that can tint scenic projections in the foreground.

Read more: BMD and Adoline/AV Team Up for ImageCue

Theatre Buzz
The deadline to apply to the Lark 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is Oct. 31.
The deadline to apply to the Lark 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is Oct. 31.

Submissions are open for the 2016-2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship at the Lark. Playwrights of color under the age of 30 can apply before Oct. 31 to receive a residency and guidance from the Lark as well as $15,000 cash and a $3,000 health insurance allowance.

Read more: Lark Play Development Center Accepting Apps for Van Lier Fellowship

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