Said Lounis
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iWeiss Appoints Said Lounis as its new CEO

Stage Directions

iWeiss announces that they have appointed Said Lounis as the new iWeiss CEO, effective immediately. Lounis’ appointment is a clear reflection of the company’s ambition: ready to lead and take on the future as the go-to company in drapery, stage rigging, and automation. iWeiss is poised for major expansion in the stage/theater market and are excited of Lounis’ unique experience in growing businesses in a stable and profitable manner.

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in 1: the podcast with Sound Designer Kai Harada

Cory Pattak

Here’s a new episode of in 1: the podcast, hosted by Lighting Designer Cory Pattak, as he speaks with Tony Award-winning Sound Designer, Kai Harada. Pattak and Harada talk about all of the challenges of dealing with roving musicians, musicians under the stage, all with an incredibly nuanced score for The Band’s Visit.

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The Judy Dearing Design Competition is now Accepting Applications

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The Black Theatre Network announces that they are accepting applications for The Judy Dearing Design Competition. The Black Theatre Network (BTN) established this award, which covers theatrical scenic, costume, and lighting design, in 1996 in honor of pioneering costume designer, Judy Dearing. The awards were created to encourage African American students focused on elements of theatrical design. The awards are presented every other year with the other major awards. All entries will be evaluated by a professional design panel.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Video on Customizing the EMBRACE Mic for Better Concealment

The Point Source Sounding Board Blog

One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is consistent and stable. Here's a video from Point Source on customizing your EMBRACE microphone for over ear concealment:

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New York City Ballet in Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About. Photo credit Erin Baiano
New York City Ballet in Warren Carlyle’s Something to Dance About. Photo credit Erin Baiano

LD Mark Stanley on Lighting Something to Dance About, Jerome Robbins, Broadway at the Ballet

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Lighting Designer Mark Stanley’s light plot for the New York City Ballet’s premier of Something to Dance About, Jerome Robbins, Broadway at the Ballet, contained a number of the Chroma-Q® Color Force II™ LED battens. “I could never have done all those scenes, and been specific to them, with traditional three-color ground rows,” Stanley says, “The Color Force IIs gave me flexibility and range.”

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An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.
An Al Hirschfeld caricature of Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org.

In Memoriam: Carol Channing, Theatrical Legend

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Carol Channing, a Tony Award® winner and theatrical legend, passed away on Tuesday, January 15 at age 97. To commemorate her life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute on Wednesday, January 16 at exactly 7:45pm. Here is a video from CBS Evening News on Channing's life and career: {youtube}v=T6dD7IDdXEA{/youtube}

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