The new Behind the Scenes Counseling Fund will provide mental health and addiction counseling.
The new Behind the Scenes Counseling Fund will provide mental health and addiction counseling.

Behind the Scenes Adds New Fund to Fight Depression and Addiction

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Behind the Scenes has begun fundraising for a new granting program: the BTS Counseling Fund. The BTS Counseling Fund is designed to provide early access to mental health and addiction counseling for entertainment technology professionals by assisting with the associated financial burdens. Karen Sherman took the idea to the BTS board, who agreed to create it. After an initial period of fundraising, Behind the Scenes will begin accepting applications for grants from the fund. 

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Left to right: ULA’s Blair Terrace, with Auckland Live’s Malcolm Ibel  in the centre, and ULA’s Cuono Biviano on the right

Auckland Live Boosts Robe Stock

Jacob Coakley

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - Auckland Live is a busy umbrella organization running all the live performance venues in New Zealand’s largest performing arts and convention center complex right in the heart of the city. Their existing stock of Robe moving lights is now boosted with the addition of 44 new LED moving lights - 12 DL4S Profiles and 32 LEDWash 800s. 

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USITT will commit $500,000 to their programs

USITT Invests $500K in Future of Theatre

Jacob Coakley

SYRACUSE, NY – The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Board of Directors has committed $500,000 to increase the impact of some of the organization’s most important programs: Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity, and Innovation Research Grants. “This significant investment increases our opportunity to advance three very different areas of the theatre industry, while reaffirming our commitment to our members and the future of entertainment design and technology,” said Mark Shanda, President of USITT.

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Alex Case, new president of the AES

Alex Case Named New President of AES

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — Alex Case assumed the presidency of the Audio Engineering Society. “Alex Case has a diverse background in business, science, engineering and academia,” shared John Krivit, immediate Past President of the Society. “Alex is a great communicator. His skill set will serve the AES well over the next year, as it has already done with his committee and Board of Governors roles.”

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A Meyer Sound Leo Family line array anchors the sound system for the newest Broadway hit, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Meyer Sound Leo Family First Choice for New Productions on Broadway and on Tour

Jacob Coakley

BERKELEY, CA and NEW YORK—Meyer Sound LEO Family line arrays have been tapped to anchor the sound for some of the most talked-about new shows both on Broadway and heading out on national tours. New shows in New York include Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, the Cats revival and the annual holiday spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall. In addition, the tours of Fun Home and Finding Neverland are both carrying Leopard line array systems.

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USITT 2017 Distinguished Achievement Winners will be honored at the USITT show in St. Louis.

USITT Names 2017 Distinguished Achievement Winners

Jacob Coakley

SYRACUSE, NY—Every year USITT recognizes a select few members whose careers have advanced the performing arts and live entertainment industry. This year, USITT will recognize professional rigger Rocky Paulson, lighting designer Fred Foster, costume designer Liz Covey, sound designer Rick Thomas, scenic designer Santo Loquasto, production stage manager Joseph Drummond, and educator John Conklin with the USITT Distinguished Achievement Awards. The winners will be honored with events leading up to and at USITT’s 2017 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis March 8-11.

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The American Theatre Wing will offer college scholarships up to $10,000

American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Announces University Scholarships

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—The American Theatre Wing, through its Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, has launched its first annual application period for 4-Year Partial University Scholarships. The Scholarships can be used at an accredited private or public university or college in the United States. Each of the scholars will be provided with scholarships of up to $10,000 towards their course fees, renewable for four years so long as a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.The deadline to apply is January 20, 2017, with final notifications made by April 2017. 

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