Professor Franz Kraus and Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser (L to R), board members with the ARRI Group
Professor Franz Kraus and Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser (L to R), board members with the ARRI Group

New Executive Board Member for Technology at the ARRI Group

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The Supervisory Board of the ARRI Group with headquarters in Munich, Germany, appointed Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser, effective September 1, 2018, as the new Executive Board member responsible for technology. He is the successor to Professor Franz Kraus, former Executive Board member for technology of the ARRI Group, who, after more than 30 years of highly successful work for the ARRI Group, joins the Supervisory Board and will continue to be closely associated with the company.

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Sound Productions wants to help you get training on Audio, Lighting, and Video
Sound Productions wants to help you get training on Audio, Lighting, and Video

Sound Productions Spreads the Knowledge

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Sound Productions, an ALV retailer located in Texas, is known industry wide for its workshops and for its support of the industry. SoundPro customers across the U.S. can enter its Trip and Training Contest, where a winner will be chosen at random to fly to the Dallas area and attend a workshop for free.

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Jody Kovalick has been named Principal in Minneapolis for Schuler Shook
Jody Kovalick has been named Principal in Minneapolis for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook Announces Jody Kovalick as Principal in Minneapolis

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Schuler Shook announces the promotion of theatre consultant, Jody Kovalick, ASTC, to Principal. Kovalick joined Schuler Shook’s Theatre Planning team in 2001. Dedicated and passionate about theatre production, Jody has a BFA from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama.  He is also an active member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants.

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Lighting designer, Zoe Spurr brought a rich assortment of colors for Beginners
Lighting designer, Zoe Spurr brought a rich assortment of colors for Beginners

Designer Zoe Spurr Brings Magic to Life for Beginners

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Oversized flowers bloom, waiflike stalactites fly, and the leaded-weight of “adult” concerns lifts like the morning mist in the final third of Beginners.  A play-within-a-play featuring 4-10-year-olds, this memorable passage opens a window into the boundless and colorful imaginative powers of childhood. Adding impact to this wondrous play, and making its fantastical characters come to life even more vividly during a production at London’s Unicorn Theatre, is the rich assortment of colors created by Zoe Spurr. Here's a 360-degree video tour of The Unicorn Theatre: {youtube}v=u3qdQHXc0TQ{/youtube}

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Opera America urges you to contact your Senators to support the NEA funding of $155 million
Opera America urges you to contact your Senators to support the NEA funding of $155 million

Urge the Senate to Fund the NEA at $155 Million for FY2019

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Opera America has put out an Arts Advocacy Alert. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted against the Grothman amendment, which would have drastically cut the NEA budget, and voted for an Interior bill that provides an additional $2 million to the agency, which would bring the NEA budget to $155 million for FY2019.

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Hana S. Sharif is the new Artistic Director for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Hana S. Sharif is the new Artistic Director for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Names Hana S. Sharif as its New Artistic Director

Michael Eddy

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis announces Hana S. Sharif as its new artistic director. Currently the associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage, Sharif will take over as The Rep’s next artistic leader following Steven Woolf’s retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Sharif will hold the title of Augustin Family Artistic Director. Here's a video of Sharif answering the question, Why Theatre? from Oregon Shakespeare Festival: {youtube}v=_PZ_HeW2p_k{/youtube}

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Adelman on Venues - The Evolution of Crowd Management
Adelman on Venues - The Evolution of Crowd Management

Adelman on Venues: Crowd Management Theory

Michael Eddy

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Stage Directions feels it’s important for any theater production that safety is the primary consideration. Perhaps no one speaks as well to the myriad of considerations to hosting a safe entertainment event than Steven Adelman, principal of the Adelman Law Group, PLLC. Rather timely as we are well into the summer theater season with outdoor festivals, amphitheater productions, and theatre tourists that Adelman today posted a video on The Evolution of Crowd Management. I highly recommend you take the time to watch it. It applies whether outdoor or indoor theater, as understanding audience dynamics is essential to a safe event.

To learn more about Steven’s extremely important work and to get further information from the Adelman Law Group: http://www.adelmanlawgroup.com/

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Dan Culhane, of J.R. Clancy and Wenger, is the new USITT President
Dan Culhane, of J.R. Clancy and Wenger, is the new USITT President

Dan Culhane Named USITT President

Michael Eddy

Wenger and J.R. Clancy’s Dan Culhane has been appointed to the role of President of USITT, effective immediately. USITT promotes dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners, educators, and students of theatre design and technology. Culhane replaces outgoing president Mark Shanda, a long-time colleague and friend.

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The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels
The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels

Painting the Palace Portal for Head Over Heels

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Here’s a video from Scenic Art Studios, located in Newburgh, NY painting the Palace Portal drop for the Broadway show, Head Over Heels. The drop, designed by Scenic Designer, Julian Crouch was painted by Lead Artist Irina Portnyagina, Natali Pinchuk, Jocelyn Henry, Tisha Paige, and Ivan Pazlamatchev.
 
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