A view of the auditorium lighting for the Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall at Towson University
A view of the auditorium lighting for the Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall at Towson University

House Lighting Upgrade for the Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall

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As one of the nation’s top public universities, Towson University in Maryland has created an inclusive learning environment situated near the area’s prominent educational, community, and cultural resources. From theater to dance and music, the University’s performing arts programs produce over 200 student and professional performances each year. Needing performance venues which can keep up with the busy production schedule, they called up Pennsylvania-based Illuminated Integration to renovate the 500-seat Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall with a new lighting system including Chalice 70W recessed downlights from Altman Lighting.

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Backstage Video: High End Systems at Edinburgh International Festival

Michael Eddy

High End Systems lighting gear illuminated Leith Theatre for the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. The fully LED rig comprised a selection of Sola Series fixtures, but the real highlight was TurboRay which made its international debut at the event. In this video from High End Systems, lighting designer Grant Anderson speaks about creating some striking looks for the diverse schedule of events:
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Betty Corwin, along with Paula Vogel and Linda Winer, was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the American theatre by the League of Professional Theatre Women. Photo by Kacey Anisa Stamats
Betty Corwin, along with Paula Vogel and Linda Winer, was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the American theatre by the League of Professional Theatre Women. Photo by Kacey Anisa Stamats

In Memoriam: Betty L. Corwin, Theater Historian

Michael Eddy

Betty Corwin, 98, created the New York Public Library's groundbreaking Theatre on Film and Tape Archive

So much of Broadway would have been lost to history without the initiative and drive of a Betty Corwin, who died on September 10 at home in Westport, CT at the age of 98. The founder and former director of the New York Public Library's groundbreaking Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT), Corwin created one of the most important and vital resources in the theater community.

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Creating a 3D Printed Seal for Soft Power at The Public Theater

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Here are some process photos for the 3D printed Presidential Seal for a musical called Soft Power created at The Public Theater's prop shop overseen by Prop Master Jay Duckworth. There are 16 pieces and almost each one is 10.5'' on the horizontal side. The volume is made up of X, Y & Z Left/Right, Front/Back and Up/Down. In the end 3'' will be made up for on the mounting board. The two scenic artists working on the presidential seal, once it was completed printing, were Scenic Artist Jacquelyn Gutierrez and the show's lead Scenic Artist, Russ Stadler. It was printed on a Raise 3D Pro2 Plus printer.

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A group shot of the winners of the PLASA 2019 Innovation Awards
A group shot of the winners of the PLASA 2019 Innovation Awards

PLASA 2019 Innovation Award Winners

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The PLASA Awards for Innovation took place at the PLASA Show 2019. The Awards recognize and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them and are widely respected as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts with a variety of specialist backgrounds.
This year saw 36 entries for the Awards, with the judges selecting seven winners and one Gold Award winner.

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Stage Manger, Arthur "Artie" Gaffin was well known for bringing the snacks
Stage Manger, Arthur "Artie" Gaffin was well known for bringing the snacks

In Memoriam: Arthur Gaffin, Stage Manager

Michael Eddy

Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights on Wednesday, September 18 in Memory of Veteran Stage Manager Arthur Gaffin 

The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved Production Stage Manager, Arthur “Artie” Gaffin, who passed away on September 13, 2019. To commemorate his life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the American Airlines, Marquis, New Amsterdam, St. James, and Broadhurst Theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, September 18 at exactly 7:45pm. Each of the theatres dimming lights in his memory was significant to Gaffin’s career.

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Registration Extended to September 20 for the The 2019 National Conference on Outdoor Theatre

Kathy Eddy

The 2019 National Conference on Outdoor Theatre is being held at The Santa Fe Opera Oct. 1-3, 2019! Be sure to Register by September 20 for this unique event!
All meals and tours included! All are welcome! You need not be an SETC member to attend!
This exploratory and inspirational conference will feature dynamic programming:

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