LD Mark Stanley accepts the Rosco donation check from Chad Tiller of Rosco
LD Mark Stanley accepts the Rosco donation check from Chad Tiller of Rosco

Rosco Laboratories Presents Annual Donation to The Hemsley Lighting Programs

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On Sunday night, March31st, Rosco Laboratories presented its 14th annual check to The Hemsley Lighting Programs, Inc. in New York City at the The Hemsley Lighting Programs’ 15th Annual Lighting Portfolio Review. Presented by Rosco’s Director of Sales for North America, Chad Tiller, the check represents proceeds from Roscolux #361 Hemsley Blue and brings Rosco’s total donation to over $40,000.

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Chicago performed at Dover-Sherborn Regional HS Theater and lit with lights from CHAUVET
Chicago performed at Dover-Sherborn Regional HS Theater and lit with lights from CHAUVET

DesignLight Raises the Bar at Dover-Sherborn Regional HS Theater

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When a lighting and scenic designer moves into a small town, local theater groups are bound to notice. That’s what happened about 20 years ago, when Len Schnabel, the owner of DesignLight, and his family settled in Dover, MA. It wasn’t long before Schnabel was asked to lend a hand to local school and community groups on their theater projects. Happy to oblige them, he hasn’t stopped helping since.

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Sean Palmer joins dBTechnologies as U.S. Product Specialist
Sean Palmer joins dBTechnologies as U.S. Product Specialist

dBTechnologies Welcomes Sean Palmer as U.S.A. Product Specialist

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Palmer brings 20 years of touring and system design experience to dBTechnologies.

dBTechnologies announces the appointment of Sean Palmer as Product Specialist for its U.S.A. western region. Palmer, who has worked with bands like Big Wreck, Our Lady Peace, The Used, and Cage the Elephant, will use his 20 years of touring and system design experience to support dBTechnologies’ dealers and reps with training, demos, project design, and post-sale support.

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The Shanghai Oriental Art Center upgraded its audio systems
The Shanghai Oriental Art Center upgraded its audio systems

Shanghai Art Center Gets Audio Boost

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The Shanghai Oriental Art Center (SHOAC) is one of China’s leading cultural institutions, housed in a massive contemporary building shaped like a butterfly orchid with five petal-shaped wings. Each wing contains a different art or performance space, including a 1,900-seat Concert Hall with a built-in pipe organ, 1,000-seat Italian-style Opera Hall, 300-seat semicircular Performance Hall and an open, 250 square-meter Exhibition Hall, as well as a dedicated wing housing an antique music box collection.

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Jeremy Billig, P.E., to lead expanding firm with Malcolm McLaren, P.E., founder and CEO
Jeremy Billig, P.E., to lead expanding firm with Malcolm McLaren, P.E., founder and CEO

McLaren Engineering Group Announces New President

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McLaren Engineering Group announced that Jeremy Billig, P.E., has been named president. Billig, most recently the firm’s vice president and New York City regional director, will lead McLaren along with Malcolm McLaren, P.E., CEO and founder. Billig’s appointment follows a board-driven growth plan that includes the firm’s recent expansions in New Jersey and Philadelphia, and the addition of several senior leaders.

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The Arts and Sciences Auditorium at the University of Wyoming is home to a new L-Acoustics Kara system and DiGiCo S31 desk installed by Brown Note Productions
The Arts and Sciences Auditorium at the University of Wyoming is home to a new L-Acoustics Kara system and DiGiCo S31 desk installed by Brown Note Productions

The Auditorium at the University of Wyoming Modernizes its Audio System

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Art Deco rides the range in Laramie, WY in the form of the muscular Arts and Sciences Auditorium on the campus of University of Wyoming (UW), or “U-Dub,” as insiders call it. Originally known as the Liberal Arts Building, the 1,800-seat venue was constructed as a federal Public Works Administration project during the Great Depression, between February 1935 and June 1936. Time marched on, but more slowly than elsewhere for the A&S Auditorium, whose aging PA system often had to be augmented with rental gear but still fell short of the requirements of the kinds of theatrical and music touring productions the school sought to entice. This past January, that all changed with the installation of a brand new L-Acoustics Kara sound system.

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The ETC-sponsored students with Fred Foster at LDI 2018
The ETC-sponsored students with Fred Foster at LDI 2018

Applications now open for Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program

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With a commitment to building up the next generation of lighting professionals, ETC has sponsored students at LDI for nearly 20 years. Fred Foster, who founded ETC with a group of university students in 1975, played a key role in establishing education as a pillar of ETC’s corporate philosophy. To honor his legacy, ETC has renamed the program after Foster and all of his contributions to the industry’s young talent. Now, ETC announces the application opening of the 2019 Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program.

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The view from the house of the renovated Newtown High School auditorium in Newtown, CT
The view from the house of the renovated Newtown High School auditorium in Newtown, CT

Looking Back: Newtown High Stretches Out in Renovated Auditorium

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Newtown High School’s performing arts community was undismayed by the challenge of producing three plays in temporary venues during the year-long renovation of their 13,700 square-foot auditorium. Since the completion of the $3.75 million renovation, Newtown, CT's High School was produced plays and musicals such as The Crucible, Les Misérables, and most recently Mary Poppins. Nextstage Design, the theater consultants for the auditorium, recently checked in to see how this ambitious group of students and teachers has been experiencing the space.

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USITT Funds Second Round of Innovation Grants

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USITT Encourages Development of New Technology for the Performing Arts. Grants Awarded to Researcher/Practitioners in South Carolina, Oregon, and Florida

The USITT Board of Directors awarded three Innovation Grants totaling nearly $80,000 at its March 19 meeting. This is the second round of funding in this program, designed to foster new technologies for use in the theatre and performing arts.

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