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Jackie Taylor, founder of the Black Ensemble Theater, was honored by Chicago.
Jackie Taylor, founder of the Black Ensemble Theater, was honored by Chicago.

Chicago honored Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO of the Black Ensemble Theater, with a Fifth Star Award. The Fifth Star Award honors institutions and individuals who have made significant contributions to Chicago arts and culture. 

Read more: Black Ensemble Theater Founder Honored

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Sean Patrick Flahaven is the founding CEO of The Musical Company.
Sean Patrick Flahaven is the founding CEO of The Musical Company.

The Really Useful Group and Concord Bicycle Music joined together to form The Musical Company. The Musical Company, headed up by Sean Flahaven, will manage the rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical theatre catalogue and the rights to the songs from such artists as George Harrison, Paul Simon, R.E.M. and more. 

Read more: The Musical Company Sets Up Shop

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A DiGiCo SD7 guides sound for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour.
A DiGiCo SD7 guides sound for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour.

Sound Designer John Shiver and Associate Sound Designer David Patridge worked with Masque Sound to provide the audio package for Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway. The system is designed around a DiGiCo SD7 with theatre software and Waves audio plug-ins. Another interesting component to the custom audio package was the use of Lectrosonics SSM Micro Belt Pack Digital Hybrid Wireless audio for compandor-free digital quality.

Read more: Masque Sound Does Gymnastics for Audio on “Paramour”

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Yamaha will update its Dante products to support the AES audio-over-IP interoperability standard.
Yamaha will update its Dante products to support the AES audio-over-IP interoperability standard.

Yamaha’s Dante products will soon support AES67, the audio-over-IP standard. Yamaha plans to successively update Dante-equipped products with device and Dante firmware updates that will add AES67 support, beginning with the CL/QL Series Digital Mixing Consoles and R Series I/O racks later this year.

Read more: Yamaha Dante Products to Support AES67

Theatre Buzz
Jordan Harrison and Zayd Dohrn will each receive $20,000.
Jordan Harrison and Zayd Dohrn will each receive $20,000.

The Horton Foote Prize committee gave Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison the 2016 Prize for Outstanding New American Play.  The 2016 Prize for Promising New American Play went to The Profane by Zayd Dohrn. Jordan Harrison and Zayd Dohrn will each receive $20,000. 

Read more: 2016 Horton Foote Prize Winners Named

Industry News
The CueSystem family from ETC and GDS
The CueSystem family from ETC and GDS

As part of their partnership with GDS, ETC is now shipping CueSystem, a dedicated cue light network. The CueSystem is designed to be scalable for any show or venue, and provide hands-on cue light control and advanced, pre-programmed playback options. The simplest CueSystem network consists of a control Desk and a series of outstations. Desks come in three sizes, with buttons that directly control the “standby” and “go” lights on four, eight or twelve cue light channels. CueSystem Desks are available in desktop or rack-mount configurations to make the most of a crowded stage manager’s station, and multiple Desks can be added to the network as production needs increase. The CueSystem software lets you create pre-programmed cue stacks. 

Read more: Video Tour: ETC CueSystem

Changing Roles
Marc Lopez and Sorrell Hanson
Marc Lopez and Sorrell Hanson

Yamaha promoted Marc Lopez to the position of director of marketing for Yamaha Commercial Audio. Lopez will be responsible for all the marketing aspects of Yamaha’s CA products. Yamaha also hired Sorrell Hanson as their new marketing communications manager for their Pro Audio division. 

Read more: Changes and Additions in Yamaha’s Marketing Team

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child uses lighting fixtures supplied by White Light
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child uses lighting fixtures supplied by White Light

Neil Austin, the lighting designer on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was blessed with White Light as the provider of lighting gear for the hit show. Austin’s design aimed to “push the boundaries as to what we thought was possible.” To accomplish that he relied on GLP products and White Light’s studio to test out exactly what fixtures he needed. 

Read more: White Light Blesses Cursed Child

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Robe’s Latin American Regional Sales Manager Guillermo Traverso (second from right), and the team at the Costa Rica National Theatre
Robe’s Latin American Regional Sales Manager Guillermo Traverso (second from right), and the team at the Costa Rica National Theatre

Claudio Schifanni, TD of the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, chose the Robe DLS Profile, an LED fixture, thanks to its color range and versatility. “The quality is there, plus all the main features of a conventional source are present in the LED fixture,” said Schifanni. 

Read more: Costa Rica National Theatre Chooses Robe

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ESTA’s Behind the Scenes Fundraiser at LDI takes place Oct. 20.
ESTA’s Behind the Scenes Fundraiser at LDI takes place Oct. 20.

ESTA’s Behind the Scenes fundraiser still takes place the night before the LDI trade show floor opens, but it has moved locations. It will now take place at Embassy Suites Las Vegas, just down Paradise from the Convention Center. 

Read more: ESTA Announces New Venue for Behind the Scenes Happy Hour

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