The Wally Russell Foundation Makes its Fourth $10,000.00 Contribution to USITT

Stage Directions

The Wally Russell Foundation, a not-for-profit charity founded in 1992 in memory of the achievements of Wally Russell to the Theatrical Lighting Industry, announced that it was contributing for the fourth year in a row, $10.000.00 to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). To date, the Wally Foundation has contributed $40,000.00 to USITT.

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USITT inaugural Digital Media Symposium launches in September. LUMA Festival photo by Van Zandbergen Photography
USITT inaugural Digital Media Symposium launches in September. LUMA Festival photo by Van Zandbergen Photography

USITT Inaugural Digital Media Symposium Launches in September

Stage Directions

USITT announces the inaugural USITT Digital Media Symposium, which will take place September 4-6 in Binghamton, NY, in association with the LUMA Projection Arts Festival, America's premier projection arts festival. The Digital Media Symposium will offer two exciting days of digital media creation, education, and artistry to attendees. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so USITT urges you not to delay. They expect registration to open on or about June 1. Here's a video rewind of highlights of the last four years of the LUMA Festival: {youtube}v=KsUQjjXMXsE{/youtube}

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Actors in Our Town at Lindenwood University create live Foley effects to great results. Photo: Rachael Hollis
Actors in Our Town at Lindenwood University create live Foley effects to great results. Photo: Rachael Hollis

Sounding Board: The Perfect Sound Mix at Lindenwood University

Point Source Audio

Sound designer Anthony Elliott adds Foley Effects for his sound design for Our Town

At Point Source Audio, innovation is at our core, as is supporting the next generation of audio professionals, so from time to time we want to take note of the exciting work being done by young designers. For a recent production of Our Town at Lindenwood University, sound designer Anthony Elliott mixed recorded sound effects with live Foley effects to great results. The theater program at Lindenwood has an inventory of PSA CO-8WL lavalier mics, which Elliott notes solved a particular production challenge as the actors broke the fourth wall and moved into the house. Read on to learn more about Elliott’s design for Our Town in his own words:

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The interior of the Theatre Royal Wakefield with its new HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics
The interior of the Theatre Royal Wakefield with its new HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics

Audio Upgrades for the Theatre Royal Wakefield

Stage Directions

Built in 1894, Theatre Royal Wakefield is a grade II* listed, highly ornate, traditional proscenium arch theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s cathedral city of Wakefield. The design and vision of the famous British architect, Frank Matcham and one of the smallest remaining Matcham auditoriums today, Theatre Royal Wakefield is a shining example of his ability to create a beautiful theatrical environment within a very tight space. The time had come to replace the theatre’s old and failing PA with a new, modern system that would provide high quality, even coverage across all the seats in the auditorium. Theatre Royal Wakefield’s technical manager, Di Clough, turned to Huddersfield-based systems integrator, Sound and Light Concepts Ltd, who supplied and installed a full HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics.

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Malcolm Ewen
Malcolm Ewen

In Memoriam: Malcolm Ewen, Stage Manager, Director

Michael Eddy

After a battle with cancer and a recent fall, Malcolm Ewen passed away on May 20, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Ewen was a longtime stage manager with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, which had made him a member of the ensemble in February of this year. He was also a founding director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont where he returned every summer for over 30 years. Many of his friends and colleagues have been sharing remembrances on social media of Ewen. We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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