The Judy Dearing Design Competition is now Accepting Applications

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The Black Theatre Network announces that they are accepting applications for The Judy Dearing Design Competition. The Black Theatre Network (BTN) established this award, which covers theatrical scenic, costume, and lighting design, in 1996 in honor of pioneering costume designer, Judy Dearing. The awards were created to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards. All entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Video on Customizing the EMBRACE Mic for Better Concealment

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One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is consistent and stable. Here's a video from Point Source on customizing your EMBRACE microphone for over ear concealment:

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New York City Ballet in Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About. Photo credit Erin Baiano
New York City Ballet in Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About. Photo credit Erin Baiano

LD Mark Stanley on Lighting Something to Dance About, Jerome Robbins, Broadway at the Ballet

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Lighting Designer Mark Stanley’s light plot for the New York City Ballet’s premier of Something to Dance About, Jerome Robbins, Broadway at the Ballet, contained a number of the Chroma-Q® Color Force II™ LED battens. “I could never have done all those scenes, and been specific to them, with traditional three-color ground rows,” Stanley says, “The Color Force IIs gave me flexibility and range.”

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An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.
An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.

In Memoriam: Carol Channing, Theatrical Legend

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Carol Channing, a Tony Award® winner and theatrical legend, passed away on Tuesday, January 15 at age 97. To commemorate her life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, January 16 at exactly 7:45pm. Here is a video from CBS Evening News on Channing's life and career: {youtube}v=T6dD7IDdXEA{/youtube}

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The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman
The marquee at the Ziegfeld welcomes attendees to BroadwayCon in NYC. Photo by Howard Sherman

Fourth Annual BroadwayCon Gathered Fans for Show-Stopping Weekend

Howard Sherman

The Fourth annual BroadwayCon returned to the New York Hilton over the past weekend, following two years at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Over three days, BroadwayCon offered an array of panels, workshops, and events, ranging from a reunion of the cast of the Broadway production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to cosplay and lip-syncing contests to panels on racial and gender identity on stage.

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The panto of Beauty and The Beast lit by Lighting Designer Andy Webb
The panto of Beauty and The Beast lit by Lighting Designer Andy Webb

Panto Lighting for Beauty and The Beast by LD Andy Webb

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It’s panto time again in the UK… with the slapstick, craziness and innuendos flying as fast as a foam pie in the face. At the Blackpool Grand this year, putting both beauty and some beast attitude into the show, lighting designer Andy Webb specified 81 Robe fixtures – 98 per cent of them LED sources – for a brand-new version of the classic tale produced by UK Productions for the 2018-19 season.

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The remains of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre after the fire of January 13
The remains of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre after the fire of January 13

A Message on The Stratford Festival Theater from the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford

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After the fire that burned down the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT, Sunday morning, January 13, Sara Holdren, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford released the following statement about the fire and their future.

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, January 13, the historic Stratford Festival Theater caught fire and was ultimately destroyed by the blaze. We at SA@S are deeply saddened by the loss of this wonderful historic space — and we want to make clear that our program is alive and well.

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