Designer Machine Dazzle
Designer Machine Dazzle

Taylor Mac and Machine Dazzle, Henry Hewes Design Award Honoree, Talk A 24 Decade History of Popular Music

Kathy Eddy

 Costume Designer Machine Dazzle was just named as one of the five Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees announced by the American Theatre Wing for his work on Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann’s Warehouse during the show's Brooklyn run. Here what performance artist Taylor Mac, a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and Machine Dazzle have to say about this extraordinary production, (a romp through American history from 1776 to the present day that uses the pop hits of the ages, commentary, and off-the-wall fashions to share a unique vision of this country's story). KQED’s senior arts editor Chloe Veltman, sat down with them in the costume-strewn basement of San Francisco's Curran Theater when the artists were prepping for a run of the show in SF this past September. 

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The American Theatre Wing announces the 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees
The American Theatre Wing announces the 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees

The 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees

Michael Eddy

The American Theatre Wing announced that five theater artists will be honored by the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee during the presentation of its 2017 Awards in a luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Honors for the 2017 awards were earned by artists working on, off and off-off Broadway. Stage Directions sends its congratulations to all of the honorees and the nominees. This years' theater artists that are being recognized are ...

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The Radio City Rockettes
The Radio City Rockettes

Projection Mapping for the 2017 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Michael Eddy

This year a full system technology upgrade at Radio City Music Hall by media serving and display technology company, 7thSense Design, delivered updated video technology for the 2017 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase which has transformed the world’s largest proscenium theatre and has enabled video content to be displayed on all eight of the venue’s iconic ceiling arches. Design studio Obscura Digital is behind the new creative elements that envelop the theatre. batwin + robin productions, a New York-based multimedia design studio, has re-created and enhanced existing video projection and LED content to utilize Radio City’s new projection system. 7thSense contracted Pro Sound & Video as partner in fit-out and installation of the equipment.

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The LASALLE team (L to R) against a backdrop of RJ Dalis 860 Cyclorama lighting: Herman; Senior Technical Officer, Sayuthi Bin Jasmin; Zahidi; LD and LASALLE alumnus, Adrian Tan; Senior Technical Officer, Patrick Wong.
The LASALLE team (L to R) against a backdrop of RJ Dalis 860 Cyclorama lighting: Herman; Senior Technical Officer, Sayuthi Bin Jasmin; Zahidi; LD and LASALLE alumnus, Adrian Tan; Senior Technical Officer, Patrick Wong.

Robert Juliat Dalis for LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Michael Eddy

Founded in 1984, the award-winning LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is an example of modernity and creativity dedicated to providing its students with top class education in contemporary arts and design. It moved its main campus in 2007 where its many new facilities included the 480-seat Singapore Airlines (SIA) Theatre and several studio and rehearsal spaces. Ten years later, it was time to update some of the SIA Theatre’s original lighting inventory, and Senior Technical Officers, Patrick Wong and Sayuthi Bin Jasmin, were happy to take delivery of 10 Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama LED battens this summer to replace their 10-year old conventional cyclorama and groundrow lighting.

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WHOCO Lighting & Controls
WHOCO Lighting & Controls

WHOCO Lighting and Controls is Moving

Michael Eddy

Lighting representative, WHOCO Lighting and Controls is relocating their offices, but the company’s phone and fax numbers will stay the same. They do ask for patience as they dedicate Tuesday and Wednesday, December 19 & 20 to moving and getting settled into their new space. They will be monitoring calls and email, but please be advised that their response time will be slower than normal during the move.

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Craig Johnson joins Full Compass Systems as CEO
Craig Johnson joins Full Compass Systems as CEO

Full Compass Systems Hires Craig Johnson as CEO

Michael Eddy

Full Compass announces its recent hire of Craig Johnson, who will join the company as Chief Executive Officer. In his role as CEO, he will be responsible for setting the future strategy and direction of Full Compass Systems, as well as building and leading the senior executive team. Johnson will report to the company’s owners, Susan and Jonathan Lipp, who will continue in their roles as co-chairs of the Board of Directors.

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The St. Croix ArtBarn
The St. Croix ArtBarn

St. Croix ArtBarn Colorizes its Productions

Michael Eddy

Roughly 7,000 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin between 1993 and 1998 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the northwest corner of the state, though, one such structure was given new life as The St. Croix ArtBarn, a vibrant community theatre and concert venue. This year, almost a quarter of a century since its rebirth, the 180-seat theatre greatly expanded its production capabilities with the addition of a new lighting system featuring Chauvet Professional COLORdash fixtures supplied by Monkey Wrench Productions.

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The Biennial Sound Lab is back at USITT 2018

Michael Eddy

No matter what your career path, or level of experience is with audio, there’s something for everyone to learn about with regards to audio at the USITT 2018 Conference. The popular biennial Sound Lab will offer 2018 conference attendees hands-on design and tech experience in audio. USITT’s Sound Commission has created a dynamic program for attendees to get their hands on the latest equipment and mix live events as a part of the Lab. 

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Part II A Crash Course in American Stage Management History

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

The term “Director” was introduced in the late 1800’s, although scholars continue to debate who was the ‘first’ American modern director, I attribute it to Augustus Daly. Augustus Daly (among others), changed the production process in theater. Daly expected more out of his actors, requiring attendance at all rehearsals, beginning the rehearsal process several weeks or months in advance and for several hours at a time. Prior to this, rehearsals for specific productions were sporadic, and totaled a few hours spanning over several weeks. He fined actors for lateness, absenteeism, and forgotten lines or blocking. Overall, he regimented the rehearsal process.

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