Winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards
Winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards

Winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards

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The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice announced the winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards®. The design honorees this year included: Dede M. Ayite, Sustained Excellence in Costume Design; Isabella Byrd, Lighting Design, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the New York Theatre Workshop; Palmer Hefferan, Sustained Excellence in Sound Design; Cookie Jordan, Sustained Excellence in Hair, Wigs, and Makeup; Clint Ramos, Set Design, Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater; and Louisa Thompson, Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design.

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A scene from Murder Ballad with a lighting design by Clifford Michael Spulock
A scene from Murder Ballad with a lighting design by Clifford Michael Spulock

LD Clifford Michael Spulock Adds Edginess to Murder Ballad

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A sense of foreboding runs through Murder Ballad like the creaking noise in a dark and unfamiliar house. The Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash rock musical tells the story of a love triangle gone bad. In a recent production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, lighting designer Clifford Michael Spulock captured the apprehension of characters caught in a world turned upside down.

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Djembe! The Show with a lighting design by Zach Blane. Photo by Liz Lauren
Djembe! The Show with a lighting design by Zach Blane. Photo by Liz Lauren

Djembe! The Show Makes U.S. Debut with a Zach Blane Lighting Design

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Djembe! The Show is an energy-filled, theatrical concert experience that mixes traditional West African beats with modern takes on contemporary music that has toured Europe and even been featured on Ted Talks and Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. It made its limited U.S. debut at the Apollo Theater in Chicago with lighting design by Zach Blane, who used an all Elation LED lighting rig to accentuate the unique production. Support was provided by Elation dealer ILC. Here is a sizzle reel from Djembe!: {youtube}v=UgAb8pKCsEU{/youtube}

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Six newly installed Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots perform in strong and subtle fashion at Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams. All photos: ©Chris Luk @Chris Luk Photography Limited
Six newly installed Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots perform in strong and subtle fashion at Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams. All photos: ©Chris Luk @Chris Luk Photography Limited

Upgrading with LED Followspots for The House of Dancing Water

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Franco Dragone's production, The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams is an enthralling visual feast which has been seen by over 5 million people since its premiere in 2010. Six Robert Juliat 600W LED Oz followspots have been installed as part of the recent upgrade of the show. The powerful, long-throw LED models were supplied with push-pull, 6-way color changers and heavy-duty adjustable yokes in anticipation of the show’s extremely busy schedule. Here's a video trailer of the show: {youtube}v=wnc6i9LGgaE{/youtube}

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The Collaborator Party Returns for its Incredible Fifth Year with Events Across America

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The Collaborator Party, headed by theatrical sound designers Lindsay Jones and John Gromada, announced that their event will return for its fifth year in New York City, after four years of the now legendary sold-out parties across the country. The Collaborator Party is the official Tony night party for the entire theatre community. Here’s the video invitation for this year: {youtube} v=810ugpYlQjI{/youtube}

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Constructing the Set for La Traviata at the Atlanta Opera
Constructing the Set for La Traviata at the Atlanta Opera

Backstage Video: Constructing the Set for La Traviata at the Atlanta Opera

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It took more than 40 stagehands over three days to load in and assemble the set for The Atlanta Opera's La Traviata. The scenic designer was Peter Davison. Go behind the scenes of this process with Director of Production Kevin Mynatt, and learn how the enormous back wall transforms into three different scenes. 
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