The cover of The Designs of William Ivey Long
The cover of The Designs of William Ivey Long

Book Signing and Discussion: The Designs of William Ivey Long at The Drama Book Shop

Michael Eddy

Join USITT, costume designer William Ivey Long, and author Bobbi Owen Thursday, April 19, at The Drama Book Shop in New York City, for a signing and discussion of The Designs of William Ivey Long by Bobbi Owen, the 12th and final book in USITT’s series documenting the work of America’s best theatrical designers. This will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Robert Juliat Dalis 860 add color to Toowoomba’s Empire Theatres. Photo by Ben Hunt.
Robert Juliat Dalis 860 add color to Toowoomba’s Empire Theatres. Photo by Ben Hunt.

Queensland's Empire Theatres Upgrades its Cyc Lighting

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Ben Hunt, the Head of Lighting at the Empire Theatres, Toowoomba, in Queensland's, Australia knew that he needed to find a more economical way to light his large 46-feet x 30-feet cyclorama. His stock of tungsten conventional cyc lights drew a lot of power as well as needed a range of consumables like lamps and color filters to maintain a well-lit cyc. 

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Howard Jones has taught in the UNCSA School of Design & Production for 28 years.
Howard Jones has taught in the UNCSA School of Design & Production for 28 years.

Howard Jones Wins Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence

Michael Eddy

Howard Jones, Director of Scenic Art and Scene Painting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has been named as one of the 17 (one faculty member from each of the UNC campuses) recipients of the 2018 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. 

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TMB and Company NA will be showing new tech and offering hospitality at Prolight + Sound
TMB and Company NA will be showing new tech and offering hospitality at Prolight + Sound

TMB and Company NA offer Technology and Hospitality at Prolight + Sound 2018

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TMB and Company NA will once again partner this year at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt, bringing a blend of fellowship with innovative, high-performance technology. See the latest gear and enjoy the best hospitality throughout the show, plus enjoy the after-hours party at our combined stand, Hall 4.0, E30 and E36, Tuesday, April 10.

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Gordon Lane. Photo by Chris Drukker
Gordon Lane. Photo by Chris Drukker

TCG Appoints Gordon Lane as New Chief Technology Officer

Michael Eddy

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces the appointment of Gordon Lane as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Lane joins TCG after spending the last 13 years at Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the economic development of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, strategic investments, and small business assistance. Serving as their Information Technology Officer, Lane’s leadership supported the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone’s greatest period of success in the revitalization of the Upper Manhattan community.

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The Lucille Lortel Awards celebrates theatre makers working Off-Broadway
The Lucille Lortel Awards celebrates theatre makers working Off-Broadway

33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Nominations Announced

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The Off-Broadway League has announced nominations for the 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards, which honor the work of theatre makers Off-Broadway will be presented on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at NYU Skirball Center. This year's event will be hosted by actors Laura Benanti and Jason Jones. It will once again serve as a benefit for The Actors Fund.

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VER agrees to merge with PRG, announces Chapter 11 filing
VER agrees to merge with PRG, announces Chapter 11 filing

VER Agrees to Merge with PRG, Announces Chapter 11 Filing

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VER announced that, as part of a comprehensive transaction supported by its second lien lenders, including funds managed by GSO Capital Partners, it has entered into an agreement to merge with an entity controlled by Production Resource Group LLC ("PRG"). To facilitate the implementation of this pre-negotiated transaction, VER filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on April 5, 2018. These filings only affect the Company's North American operations.

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Two Days Time Lapse Shows What Being a Stagehand in Repertory Opera Really Means

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A great time-lapse look at what it really means to be a stagehand at a world-class opera house that works in repertory. The NY Times Magazine takes a wonderful behind the curtain peek at two days setting and unsetting the stage at the Metropolitan Opera. In order of appearance: set up for La Rondine, set assembly for L'Elisir d'Amore, stage rehearsal of Rigoletto and set up for Le Comte Ory.
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