Christopher V. Edwards
Christopher V. Edwards

Christopher Edwards, New Artistic Director at Actors Shakespeare Project

Kathy Eddy

Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP) in Boston, recently announced Christopher V. Edwards as the company’s new Artistic Director. Edwards previously served as artistic director at Nevada Conservatory Theatre for three years, and for 14 years prior to that worked as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. 

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Harman Professional Solutions Announces AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Program
Harman Professional Solutions Announces AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Program

Harman Professional Solutions Announces AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Program

Michael Eddy

Harman Professional Solutions has announced the AKG 600MHz Wireless Trade-In Program is now live. This special promotion offers customers the opportunity to trade in any qualifying*, complete and working 600MHz wireless system—from AKG or a variety of other brands—to receive a rebate of up to $350 per channel towards a new AKG wireless microphone system.

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Blue Man Group performances are remarkable in part for their use of unconventional instrumentation, featuring an array of percussive sound-makers made from materials including PVC.  Photo credit: Lindsey Best, courtesy Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group performances are remarkable in part for their use of unconventional instrumentation, featuring an array of percussive sound-makers made from materials including PVC. Photo credit: Lindsey Best, courtesy Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Sound Designer Marcus Ross Talks Cutting the Audio Cable

Michael Eddy

Since it first graced the stage of the Astor Place Theatre in New York City 25 years ago, Blue Man Group has riveted audiences with a completely original combination of colorful visuals, compelling percussion-based music, and interactive theater. With shows around the United States in cities like Chicago and Las Vegas, as well as internationally via a show in Berlin and a World Tour slated to begin again soon, Marcus Ross, resident audio supervisor and sound designer for Blue Man Productions, is committed to ensuring a seamless audio experience for each and every audience member.

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Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, and William Daniels as John Adams reprise their Broadway roles in the film version of 1776.
Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin, and William Daniels as John Adams reprise their Broadway roles in the film version of 1776.

1776 and Hamilton Share History and A Theater

Stage Directions

For July 4th we thought it a good time to revisit the legacy of 1776. Long before there was Hamilton there was 1776, with a book by Peter Stone, music & lyrics by Sherman Edwards and directed by Peter Hunt. 1776 opened March 16, 1969 at the 46th Street Theatre, now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which in a wonderful moment of theatrical symmetry, is the current home of Hamilton. Both are examples of theater at its best, both entertaining and thought-provoking. Today perhaps it is important to note that both 1776 and Hamilton are not mere patriotic looks back but rather timely reminders to us that ours is a history of ideals that were hard fought for, debated, and crafted which resulted in a nation that holds debate and the exchange of ideas essential to its core existence. 
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L-R: Ed Kinsella, EM Acoustics; Rich Trombitas, CS&A; and Jim Shearing, EM Acoustics North America
L-R: Ed Kinsella, EM Acoustics; Rich Trombitas, CS&A; and Jim Shearing, EM Acoustics North America

EM Acoustics Strengthens North American Presence with Cardone, Soloman & Associates

Michael Eddy

The British loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics continues to strengthen its presence in North America with their first rep firm appointment, Cardone, Solomon & Associates based in New York. The company recently appointed Contact Distribution as EM Acoustics’ exclusive Canadian distributor.

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The Holstebro Musikteatret in Denmark
The Holstebro Musikteatret in Denmark

Holstebro Musikteatret in Denmark Expands its Lighting Inventory

Michael Eddy

Holstebro Musikteatret in Denmark has invested in 24 new Robe Robin LEDWash 600+ luminaires which will be used throughout its facility, making the production lighting options more dynamic and flexible and saving valuable time during changeovers and tech time. The house lighting designer, Jesper Levin, also known as Q, worked closely with Johan Kvartborg, technical sales with Robe’s Danish distributor Light Partner on choosing the Robe lights.

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Backstage Past: 1960s Stagehands Load-in at National Theater in D.C.

Michael Eddy

The National Theater in Washington D.C. recently announced it will be replacing its hemp line and sandbag fly system with a new counterweight system this summer. The National has used a hemp system since the theater opened  with a production of A Man of the World on December 7, 1835, though the system has been updated since 1835. It will be quite a change for crews who work the load-ins and outs. It got us in a nostalgic mood and we dug up this cool bit of theater history: A short film from the AFL-CIO "Americans at Work" series looking at the job of stagehands/electricians/props and flys during a load-in at the National Theater for the 1960 production of My Fair Lady, starring Diane Todd and Michael Evans.

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LD Andy Webb with the new Avolites Tiger Touch II console at the Griffin Centre
LD Andy Webb with the new Avolites Tiger Touch II console at the Griffin Centre

LD Andy Webb Specifies Lighting Control for Griffin Centre at Rendcomb College

Michael Eddy

Lighting designer Andy Webb has been part of the technical team consulting on The Griffin Centre, a new £3.3 million state-of the-art performance venue at Cotswold UK educational establishment, Rendcomb College. Webb, serving as technical consultant since 2013, has worked alongside the college for over a decade, supporting the theatrical department and teaching A-Level lighting design. The Griffin Centre contains a 350-seat auditorium, mirrored dance studio with sprung floor, dressing rooms, prop and set workshop, and costume storage. The Griffin is the first major building to be constructed at the school in 27 years.

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Mark Shanda has been selected as the next dean of the UK College of Fine Arts
Mark Shanda has been selected as the next dean of the UK College of Fine Arts

USITT President Mark Shanda New Dean for UK College of Fine Arts

Michael Eddy

Mark Shanda has been selected as the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees. Shanda is a professor and season producer at the Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. He is also president of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

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Luke Delwiche, ETC Entertainment Market Manager
Luke Delwiche, ETC Entertainment Market Manager

Luke Delwiche Named ETC Entertainment Market Manager

Michael Eddy

ETC has appointed Luke Delwiche to serve as its new entertainment market manager. Delwiche has extensive experience in the field and at ETC, having worked in the R&D, Technical Services, and Sales departments in various markets and offices around the world. In his new role as entertainment market manager, he will be based out of ETC’s headquarters in Wisconsin. 

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