Kevin Loretto with a Czech beer in hand
Kevin Loretto with a Czech beer in hand

In Memoriam: Kevin Loretto

Michael Eddy

Kevin Loretto, popular New York based lighting and technical sales specialist, died on January 23rd in New York, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Celebrating his life, bubbly personality, resilience, dignity and amazing contributions to the world of entertainment and performance lighting, his friends and colleagues at Robe Lighting are all proud and privileged to have had the chance to work alongside Kevin for the last five years.

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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections.

TCG Announces New Recipients of Global Connections Program

Michael Eddy

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange through two programs: ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues; and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations.

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The Chauvet Germany team
The Chauvet Germany team

Chauvet Expands into Germany

Michael Eddy

Chauvet has established Chauvet Germany GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary to serve the German market. Based in Bremen, the new subsidiary will distribute and service Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ, and Iluminarc products. The opening of the new facility represents the company’s first direct presence in the German market. Thomas Fischer, formerly Owner and Managing Director of Fischer GmbH, has been named Managing Director of Chauvet’s German operation, which will focus on lighting. He is joined by Henning Oeker, a well-known lighting industry expert, who will serve as Regional Sales Manager.

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Marc Brickman on top of the Empire State Building
Marc Brickman on top of the Empire State Building

Marc Brickman Lights the Empire State Building for Phantom 30th

Kathy Eddy

King Kong may be heading to Broadway but The Phantom of the Opera reached the top of the the Empire State Building for a spectacular Music-To-Light Show during their Gala 30th Anniversary party. A custom-designed light show by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman illuminated the tower lights of the iconic building synchronized to a special arrangement of music from The Phantom of the Opera. The show was fully visible to all New Yorkers looking up at the “World’s Most Famous Building,” as well as a global audience on Twitter. Prior to the 11pm start of the Music-to-Light Show, the iconic Empire State Building was lit in blue and white in honor of the 30th Anniversary.

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Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE
Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE

From the Q2Q Comics Archive: #432 DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE

Steve Younkins

Stage Directions normally brings you an classic Q2Q Comic from the past, but this week's comic is current, from this Monday as we felt that Liz Hastings and Steve Younkins have addressed an important issue, gender equality backstage. We proudly amplify these important sentiments with Q2Q Comic #432: DEAR WOMEN OF TECH THEATRE from January 22, 2018. Text ©2018 by Liz Hastings used with permission, and drawn by Steve Younkins. 

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Planning to Go to USITT, Catch The Early Bird Pricing and GET YOUR HOTEL ROOM!

Kathy Eddy

What are you waiting for? The savings won’t last forever! Save up to $105 by registering for USITT 2018 Conference and Stage EXpo  by Feb. 1. After this date, the early bird pricing flies away and prices elevate for ALL members. With more than 260 sessions across 12 tracks, 300-plus exhibitors, and tons of new hands-on trainings & demos, why wouldn’t you join your colleagues for four jam-packed days of inspiration, networking, and training? Plus they have added a new hotel option...

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The Phantom Of The Opera Celebrates Its 30th Year On Broadway

Kathy Eddy

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA CELEBRATES ITS 30TH YEAR ON BROADWAY

The Phantom Of The Opera enters its fourth decade having played 12,500 performances to 18 million people since it opened on January 26, 1988 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), and having grossed a staggering more than $1.1 billion.  Phantom has been Broadway’s longest-running show for more than a decade and its astounding longevity in New York and around the world is unprecedented.

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