The American Society of Theatre Consultants Announces New Members 2019

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Three theatre consultants have been accepted into membership of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC). Members reviewed the applications as part of a recent online membership meeting, and the Board later approved all three applicants unanimously. These included Patrick Barrett with the DLR Group in NYC; Joe Chapman at Arup; and David Vieira with Wrightson Johnson Haddon Williams, Inc.

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NATEAC 2020 Call for Presenters

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The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is a quadrennial event featuring sessions on diverse topics relevant to the design and construction of performance venues throughout North America. The NATEAC producers are accepting session proposals for the upcoming conference to be held in July 2020 in New York City.

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Left to right: Ryan Shelton (Group One), Tony Bevacqua (PES), Matt Larson (Group One), Michael LaVopa (PES) and John Zambrano (PES) behind DiGiCo’s SD7 Quantum console and external KLANG display at the recent AES Convention in New York City
Left to right: Ryan Shelton (Group One), Tony Bevacqua (PES), Matt Larson (Group One), Michael LaVopa (PES) and John Zambrano (PES) behind DiGiCo’s SD7 Quantum console and external KLANG display at the recent AES Convention in New York City

Group One Ltd. Names Peter E. Schmitt Co. New DiGiCo Rep Firm for Metro New York Area

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One of the pro audio industry’s longest-standing firms tapped to carry the UK brand forward as its latest US representative

Group One Limited, the Farmingdale, NY-based US distributor for DiGiCo, announces the appointment of Peter E. Schmitt Company (PES) as its newest independent manufacturers’ representative firm to service the UK mixing console brand. The announcement comes from Group One’s Matt Larson, executive vice president of professional audio, to whom the firm directly reports.

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Brad Ward, CTS-D has joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Brad Ward, CTS-D has joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Brad Ward Joins Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

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Auerbach Pollock Friedlander welcomes Brad Ward, CTS-D, to the firm. Brad is an award-winning theatrical sound designer and composer with more than 25 years of professional theatre and consulting experience. He was Associate Sound Designer for Choir Boy with Fitz Patton who received the 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design for a Play.

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Claypaky Improves its North American Service Network

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With the addition of a key staff member and a regional service center, Claypaky’s North American customers can expect enhanced project support and service. Ray Whitton recently joined Claypaky’s team as North American Business Development Manager. He brings 30 years of automated lighting expertise, as well as experience with top lighting designers and touring, stage, and television production companies.

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USITT Giving Day is Saturday Oct. 26, 2019

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A Message from USITT's Executive Director David Grindle:

USITT's first ever Giving Day is this Saturday, October 26. Please help us reach our goals by making your contribution today by going to www.usitt.org/donate or by texting text GIVE to 315-305-3604 from your mobile phone.

October is the month USITT was "born" according to the legal documents. As such we are hoping to make strides toward fulfilling our Setting the Next Stage fundraising campaign goal during this month. Giving Day on October 26 will help us meet that goal.

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The SPOT-01N Mini Monitor speaker
The SPOT-01N Mini Monitor speaker

Point Source Audio Sounding Board: SPOT-01N Mini Monitor Speaker

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Point Source Audio has introduced the PSA Model# SPOT-01N. The SPOT-01N Mini Monitor is an extremely compact, passive loudspeaker able to provide coverage where space is limited. Measuring a mere 4" and weighing only 3.6 lbs, this 16-ohm speaker has a power handling of 100W which can provide the gap coverage to amplify speech or sound in practically any venue.

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Eric Hart shows the assembly process for an Umbrella Gun
Eric Hart shows the assembly process for an Umbrella Gun

Prop Artisan Eric Hart Builds an Umbrella Gun for Virginia Woolf?

Eric Hart

The umbrella gun scene in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is one of the most visually memorable in the play. George, tired of his wife Martha’s insults in front of their guests, exits offstage. He sneaks back wielding a shotgun aimed at her head. The guests see him and scream as he pulls the trigger. Instead of the loud report of a bullet, though, a brightly-colored umbrella emerges from the barrel. Hilarious, right? In this video from Prop Artisan, Eric Hart, he goes over the assembly and operation of an umbrella gun that he built for a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. When the trigger is pulled, an umbrella pops out of the barrel. The gun can be reloaded and fired again by the actor on stage

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