A Look at the Tony Award Nominated Designs for a Musical (Week 5)

Stage Directions

Over the next 5 weeks, counting down to the TONY Awards, we will be highlighting the productions that recieved nominations for the 2018 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design and Sound Design of a musical. We congratulate all of the nominees. The 2018 Tony Awards will take place on June 10th.
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A Look at the Tony Award Nominated Designs for a Play (Week 5)

Stage Directions

Stage Directions is pleased to highlight productions that recieved nominations for the 2018 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®,  presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for Set Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design and Sound Design of a Play. We congratulate all of the nominees. The 2018 Tony Awards will take place on June 10th.

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Meet one of the Co-Hosts for the 2018 Collaborator Party - Nikiya Mathis
Meet one of the Co-Hosts for the 2018 Collaborator Party - Nikiya Mathis

The Collaborator Party 2018 - Meet The Co-hosts

Michael Eddy

The Collaborator Party is the official Tony night party for the entire theatre community and this year, The Collaborator Party has a number of Co-Hosts joining the original hosts Lindsay Jones and John Gromada. Here are videos with each of the guest co-hosts introducing themselves and speaking about the importance of being involved in The Collaborators Party.

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Brian Friborg has been tapped to lead the Entertainment Group for Signify, the new company name of Philips Lighting
Brian Friborg has been tapped to lead the Entertainment Group for Signify, the new company name of Philips Lighting

Signify Appoints Brian Friborg to Lead Entertainment Group

Stage Directions

Signify, which is the new company name of Philips Lighting, announces the appointment of entertainment lighting executive Brian Friborg as head of its Entertainment Lighting Group. The appointment of Friborg, an experienced leader with a deep understanding of the unique requirements of the entertainment lighting business, is a clear signal of the company's commitment to this specialist sector.

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Students from UNCSA went to Las Vegas to work on Cirque du Soleil water benefit show
Students from UNCSA went to Las Vegas to work on Cirque du Soleil water benefit show

UNCSA Students Selected for Cirque du Soleil Fellowships

Michael Eddy

Students from UNCSA's School of Design & Production were selected to travel to Las Vegas in early 2018 to work on Cirque du Soleil's annual fundraiser, One Night for One Drop. An annual philanthropic event in which Cirque du Soleil cast and crew donate their talent and time to create a unique and breathtaking theatrical spectacle for one night only in support of One Drop, an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water to people across the globe. 

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Rigoletto at LA Opera, lit by LD Robert Wierzel. LA Opera. Photo© LA Opera technical department
Rigoletto at LA Opera, lit by LD Robert Wierzel. LA Opera. Photo© LA Opera technical department

LA Opera Embraces LED Lighting for Rigoletto Designed by Robert Wierzel

Stage Directions

The Los Angeles Opera has invested in Signify's LED-based Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile fixtures as part of its stage lighting rig. LA Opera's current production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with lighting design by Robert Wierzel, is the first production in its history lit with a predominantly LED lighting rig. [Editor’s Note: Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018.] The LA Opera staging of Rigolleto was directed by Mark Lamos and features striking scenic perspectives by scenic designer, Michael Yeargan and elaborate period costumes from costume designer, Constance Hoffman along with Wierzel's vivid lighting. Here's a video from LA Opera showing off the creative team's work.

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It's the Last Call for The Collaborator Party
It's the Last Call for The Collaborator Party

Last Call for the Collaborator Party 2018 and Meet Co-Host Jay Duckworth

Michael Eddy

The Collaborator Party, headed by theatrical sound designers Lindsay Jones and John Gromada, is returning for its fourth year in New York City, this Sunday night, June 10. Here's the last call for The Collaborator Party, which is the official Tony night party for the entire theatre community. Admission to the event in all cities is free, but all attendees must sign up in advance!

Here’s a new video of the last call for this year’s event:
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Here’s a video introduction to Collaborator Party Co-Host: Jay Duckworth:
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The Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM recently upgraded it's lighting with a new LED lighting system
The Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM recently upgraded it's lighting with a new LED lighting system

Rio Grande Theatre Upgrades its Lighting Working with Hubbard’s Music

Stage Directions

The Rio Grande Theatre, in Las Cruces, NM, opened on July 29, 1926, as a silent movie hall. The two-story building was retrofitted three years later with sound equipment, making it among the earliest theatres in its state to show “talkies.” It was also the first business in Las Cruces to be air conditioned. History repeated itself earlier this year, when the iconic venue, which now hosts a diverse mix of theatrical productions, concerts, and special film showings, took a technological step forward by replacing its old stage lighting with a new LED lighting system.

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