Eric Loader accepting the PLASA Innovation Award for the Elation Artiste Dali
Eric Loader accepting the PLASA Innovation Award for the Elation Artiste Dali

Elation Artiste Dali and Proteus Hybrid Win Innovation Awards

Michael Eddy

Capping an exceptional PLASA show, Elation Professional’s new full-featured Artiste Dali™ LED moving head and IP-rated Proteus Hybrid™ discharge-lamp moving head were both recognized with a PLASA Award for Innovation. The Artiste Dali and Proteus Hybrid were acknowledged as ground-breaking innovation at a ceremony held Monday evening, September 18th at the Olympia Exhibition Center in London.

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Drone Costume Design
Drone Costume Design

Drone Costume Design

Kathy Eddy

A new costume design role? 
Léa Pereyre of Verity Studios is a Drone Costume Designer, whose work on Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR on Broadway dazzled audiences with dancing, floating, flying lampshades, spoke at the WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium, on the joy and challenges of dressing the drones of tomorrow.

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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF)
Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF)

Vivienne Benesch Awarded the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award

Michael Eddy

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) announces that Vivienne Benesch, of PlayMakers Repertory Theater (Chapel Hill, NC), is the recipient of the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award. The award recognizes directors and choreographers who are in the center of their creative lives, demonstrate great accomplishment to-date and promise for the future, and who have made prominent achievements in the field with singular creativity and artistry, and deep investment in a particular community or region. The award is given annually within rotating regions of the U.S. It carries an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to the individual recipient.

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Jim Meyer
Jim Meyer

In Memoriam: Jim Meyer, Rosco

Michael Eddy

We were saddend earlier this week to learn of the death of Jim Meyer, who most recently was the Director of International Business Development for Rosco.  Rosco released the following statement.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our good friend and Rosco colleague, Jim Meyer, has passed away. Originally from Eastchester, NY, Jim lived in the Los Angeles area for many years.

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Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Viva Broadway celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Leguizamo & Miranda Help Kick Off Viva! Broadway for Hispanic Heritage Month

Howard Sherman

The Broadway League kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Viva Broadway free outdoor celebration on Friday, September 15 in Duffy Square. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo (Latin History for Morons) co-hosted the festivities. For the fourth consecutive year, The Broadway League worked in partnership with AARP to champion Viva Broadway. This year’s event was sponsored by Spectrum, with support provided by the Times Square Alliance. 

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Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs
Of the new building MIT President L. Rafael Reif says, "Like the main group buildings at the heart of campus, W97 embodies and encourages MIT’s signature openness, flexibility, and boldness." Photo: Jonathan Sachs

MIT Unveils its New Theater Space W97

Michael Eddy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently unveiled its recently completed MIT theater and performing arts building (W97), which enters into full operation this fall. The W97 space benefited greatly from a close creative relationship between designLAB, the architects, the MIT Facilities team, and the MIT Theater Arts faculty, notably Norton Award-winning Director of Design Sara Brown, and Obie-winning director Jay Scheib, a professor of theater. 

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Peter West
Peter West

In Memoriam: Peter West, Lighting Designer

Michael Eddy

Lighting Designer Peter West passed away from cancer at his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY on August 18, 2017 at the age of 55. West was born in Heswall, England and grew up in Blacksburg, VA. He attended Community School in Roanoke, VA and graduated from Blacksburg High School. He graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Speech and completed graduate training at the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard.

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