Institute on Disabilities Partners with Peoples Light and The National Theatre to Present Revolutionary Smart Caption Glasses

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The project brings the Institute and People's Light one step closer to a common goal of making Philadelphia the most accessible city for the arts in the U.S.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, is collaborating with People's Light theater in Chester County, PA, and the National Theatre of Great Britain, on a project that will revolutionize arts accessibility for the deaf and hearing loss communities. Smart Caption Glasses allow people who are Deaf or experience hearing loss to view captions at any performance, from any seat in the theater, using Open Access Smart Capture technology developed by the National Theatre and Professor Andrew Lambourne. Stage Directions looked at this technology in November 2018 when the National Theatre launched its program. Here’s a video from the National Theatre explaining the system:

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(L to R) Marcus Graser takes over as the new CEO of Claypaky from Pio Nahum
(L to R) Marcus Graser takes over as the new CEO of Claypaky from Pio Nahum

Claypaky Announces a New CEO

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Claypaky announces that Marcus Graser is, with immediate effect, the new CEO of the Company. Graser takes the place of Pio Nahum who, starting from October 1, 2019, will retire after spending 30 years in the lighting industry. Marcus Graser, 42, is an experienced executive coming from OSRAM – mother company and sole shareholder of Claypaky - where he spent the last 15 years in a variety of different roles. When Claypaky was acquired, he led the OSRAM side of the integration and, since that time, entertainment has been one of his business focal points.

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Jonathan Mousset Alonso in Jersey Boys at North Shore Music Theater
Jonathan Mousset Alonso in Jersey Boys at North Shore Music Theater

Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Oh, What Confidence!

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Sound Designer Daryl Bornstein Selects PSA CO2 Confidence Mics for In the Round Jersey Boys
Theater in the round always presents challenges to design and production teams for a show. The stage at the North Shore Music Theater (NSMT) in Beverly, MA is no exception. In addition to having the cast surrounded by the audience, the recent NSMT production of the Tony-Award winning Jersey Boys had the four leads rarely leaving the stage. If there was a microphone problem, there’s not a lot of easy ways to address it—aesthetically, expediently, or cost-effectively. Sound designer Daryl Bornstein did some research to find exactly the right mic to solve the challenge presented by the unique stage configuration. In the end, Bornstein selected Point Source Audio’s CO2 Confidence mics as the ideal mic for double mic’ing the four principal cast members. 

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A scene from the Open Air Theatre production of Evita. Photo by Marc Brenner
A scene from the Open Air Theatre production of Evita. Photo by Marc Brenner

LD Jon Clark on Lighting an Outdoor Production of Evita

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One of the accepted technical challenges of London’s outdoor theater season are the major productions at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which run right through the summer. Working within the existing stage infrastructure, Lighting Designer Jon Clark helped interpret director Jamie Lloyd’s stripped back production of Evita, juxtaposing GLP’s new generation LED moving lights with traditional PAR cans. Here's a trailer of this production of Evita:

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In partnership with Yale School of Drama and East Los Angeles College, Center Theatre Group will host Graduate School Training for Design/Tech/Stage Management: Through the Lens of Yale School of Drama
In partnership with Yale School of Drama and East Los Angeles College, Center Theatre Group will host Graduate School Training for Design/Tech/Stage Management: Through the Lens of Yale School of Drama

Center Theatre Group Hosts Grad School Training For Design/Tech/Stage Management Discussion and Workshops

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In partnership with Yale School of Drama and East Los Angeles College, Center Theatre Group will host Graduate School Training for Design/Tech/Stage Management: Through the Lens of Yale School of Drama, a free panel discussion followed by a reception and workshops on Friday, October 4th from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

33rd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Raises $870,167

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From theatrical treasures to selfies with stars, from exclusive auction experiences to coveted signed show posters and Playbills, there was something special for every Broadway fan at the 33rd annual edition of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction on September 22, 2019. The biggest day for Broadway fans, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, raised $870,167. Here’s a video recap of the day:

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(L to R) Robert A. Lorelli and Michael Mell
(L to R) Robert A. Lorelli and Michael Mell

Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc. Forms an Alliance with Theatre Design Inc.

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After nearly four decades of providing theater consulting services to some 300 projects throughout the world, Robert Lorelli Associates, Inc., Speonk, NY, has established an alliance with Theatre Design Inc., Cold Spring, NY. Under the terms of the agreement, Robert Lorelli Associates will transfer all its projects to Theatre Design Inc, under the leadership of Michel Mell, as of December 31, 2019. Lorelli will be available to provide his expertise to Theater Design as a Special Consultant.

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A scene from the grand opening party that ChamSys recently held
A scene from the grand opening party that ChamSys recently held

ChamSys Grand Opening Draws Crowd

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Good times mixed with valuable insights at the grand opening of the ChamSys UK Head Office on September 2, as over 150 lighting programmers and designers from throughout Europe helped the company inaugurate its new office, training facility, and product development center. In addition to mixing and mingling while enjoying food, drink and entertainment, visitors participated in informative classes, think tanks, and training sessions focused on the new MagicQ and QuickQ software from ChamSys. ChamSys is a Chauvet & Sons LLC company.

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