The Wally Russell Foundation
The Wally Russell Foundation

Wally Russell Foundation Makes 25th Annual Contribution to Los Angeles Opera

Michael Eddy

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Wally Russell Foundation just made its 25th annual $7,500.00 contribution to the Los Angeles Opera Wally Russell Lighting Intern program. The Foundation has now provided annual funding to the Los Angeles Opera totaling over $187,500.00 since the foundation was formed following the untimely death of Wally Russell in 1992.

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Ming Cho Lee
Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee Will Step Down from Teaching at Yale School of Drama in 2017

Michael Eddy

NEW HAVEN, CT—Ming Cho Lee, the Donald M. Oenslager Professor Adjunct of Design, will step down from teaching at the Yale School of Drama at the end of the fall 2017 semester. At that time, he will have taught for 48 1/2 years, full-time at the School of Drama, 43 of which he also served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Design Department.

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Scenic Artist and Instructor Theresa Dringenberg teaches sign painting at Cobalt Studios
Scenic Artist and Instructor Theresa Dringenberg teaches sign painting at Cobalt Studios

Cobalt Studios Offers Sign Painting Seminar

Michael Eddy

WHITE LAKE, NY—Cobalt Studios scenic painting school is offering a five-day seminar on Sign Painting: The Art of Lettering for Film and Theatre in March. You can get the opportunity to study with instructor Theresa Dringenberg, who draws from her classical lettering training and over 30+ years' experience lettering for the Film and Museum industries. The seminars take place from March 13 – 17, 2017 at Cobalt Studios in White Lake, NY.

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Artistic Director Blake Robison in front of the Vontz Theatre Center. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography
Artistic Director Blake Robison in front of the Vontz Theatre Center. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography

Cincinnati Playhouse Announces New Building Campaign, Will Stay in Eden Park

Michael Eddy

CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Artistic Director Blake Robison has announced the Playhouse will remain in Eden Park and will move forward with a major capital campaign to replace the current mainstage with a new state-of-the-art facility commensurate with the Playhouse’s artistry and national reputation. No major improvements have been made to the Marx Theatre, since its construction in 1968, nearly 50 years ago. It is the oldest un-renovated mainstage facility of any regional theatre in the country. 

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Outer Critics Circle
Outer Critics Circle

The Outer Critics Circle Announces Two New Awards including Outstanding Sound Design

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway announces that it’s adding two new award categories—Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Orchestrations for its 2017 awards. The Sound Design category is especially interesting for the New York sound community since the Tony Awards discontinued them in 2015.

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USITT’s President-Elect, Dan Culhane
USITT’s President-Elect, Dan Culhane

USITT 2017 Board of Directors Election Results

Michael Eddy

SYRACUSE, NY—USITT have announced the results of the 2017 USITT Board of Directors election, with a new president, secretary, vice presidents of commissions and six directors being chosen. The board oversees leadership of USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the national non-profit for performing arts design and technology professionals. 

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For the opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, sound engineer Lucy Peckham chose DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Necklace Microphone. Photo Credit – Eric Garrison
For the opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, sound engineer Lucy Peckham chose DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Necklace Microphone. Photo Credit – Eric Garrison

Groundbreaking Opera in Nepal Trusts DPA Microphones

Michael Eddy

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—When Lucy Peckham, co-partner of Anchorage-based Both Ears Live Sound, was contacted by Greg Mitchell, a design professor at UC Santa Barbara, she knew she would be a part of something special. Mitchell was looking for a sound engineer to go to Nepal to work on the first opera ever performed in that country. The opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, by American Composer Douglas J. Cuomo, is based on a story from the Hindu holy text, the Bhagavad Gita. It was to be staged outdoors in the world heritage site Patan Durbar Square near the end of the rainy season.

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Broadway's Hudson Theatre
Broadway's Hudson Theatre

NYC's Hudson Theatre Opens as Broadway's Newest and Oldest

Kathy Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—When Sunday in the Park with George began previews on Feb. 11, 2017 it marked the re-opening of New York City's historic Hudson Theatre making it the 41st Broadway house. Situated just off Times Square in New York on 44th Street, built by Henry B. Harris, a famous Broadway producer of the period, the Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903 with a production of Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore. The Hudson Theatre now holds the unique distinction of being both the newest Broadway house and the oldest.

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Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Antaeus to Unveil Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale

Michael Eddy

GLENDALE, CA—Antaeus Theatre Company will pull back the curtain on the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with Open Stages weekend of free community events. Antaeus will name its new venue at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in honor of the Gindlers’ $1 million capital campaign contribution and long-standing patronage. Following months of construction, doors will open on March 2 with Open Stages, four days of free events set to introduce Antaeus to the Glendale community. The inaugural production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, will begin previews on March 16 and open on March 23.

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