David Empey, theater manager for the Madison Center for the Arts talks about the new venue
David Empey, theater manager for the Madison Center for the Arts talks about the new venue

A Look at the New Madison Center for the Arts

Michael Eddy

David Empey, Theater Manager at the Madison Center for the Arts, in Phoenix, AZ, gives us a sneak peek of what’s gone into making the new venue rider-friendly and future proof. Clearwing Systems Integration handled the audio, lighting, rigging, and video systems for this new venue.
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The EU submits a revised draft of the Ecodesign regulation
The EU submits a revised draft of the Ecodesign regulation

Ecodesign Industry Task Force Positive as EU Submits Revised Draft

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As the professional entertainment lighting industry continues to seek an exemption for specialist lighting from the European Union’s Ecodesign regulation, an industry task force has said the situation is “far more positive” and “greatly improved” following the latest round of talks with the EU.

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The Lifespan of a Fact will feature Broadway's first all-female design team
The Lifespan of a Fact will feature Broadway's first all-female design team

First All-Female Design Team Announced for The Lifespan of a Fact on Broadway

Michael Eddy

Tony nominated director Leigh Silverman has assembled Broadway’s first all-female design team for this fall’s world premiere Broadway play, The Lifespan of a FactThe production will feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Mimi Lien (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812), costume design by Tony Award winner Linda Cho (The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), lighting design by Jen Schriever (Eclipsed), sound design by Palmer Hefferan (Sugar in Our Wounds), and projection design by Lucy Mackinnon (Six Degrees of Separation).

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Henry IV at the The Shakespeare Center of L.A. was built by Veterans
Henry IV at the The Shakespeare Center of L.A. was built by Veterans

Henry IV by The Shakespeare Center of L.A. was Built by Veterans

Michael Eddy

The L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health has partnered with The Shakespeare Center of L.A. in presenting Shakespeare's Henry IV, which is being performed at the Japanese Gardens on the West Los Angeles V.A. campus. In this video, you will see that the stage, and much of the show, was built with the help of many U.S. military veterans. Henry IV, which opened on June 8th, is running through July 1st. {youtube}v=02dmgMoiv98{/youtube}

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Mélat will perform a free show at The Kennedy Center in recognition of World Refugee Day
Mélat will perform a free show at The Kennedy Center in recognition of World Refugee Day

The Kennedy Center and UNHCR Present a Free Performance on June 20 by Mélat in Recognition of World Refugee Day

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Every year on June 20, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency holds special events for World Refugee Day to recognize the lives of refugees and all those dedicated to helping them. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 6-7pm EDT, on the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, Austin, Texas-based singer and songwriter Mélat will perform a free performance in recognition of World Refugee Day. This year’s World Refugee Day #WithRefugees campaign aims to bring the public closer to the refugee story, showing them as ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances.

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Painting the sky drop for Waitress from a design by Scott Pask
Painting the sky drop for Waitress from a design by Scott Pask

Painting the Sky Drop for Waitress

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Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Here’s a video of the scenic artists at Scenic Art Studios creating this wonderful drop for Scenic Designer Scott Pask. It was painted by Charge Artist, Richard W. Prouse and Lead Artist, Irina Portnyagina os Scenic Art Studio.{youtube}v=mCwnl2wD41U{/youtube}

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