Nataki Garrett has been appointed Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Bill Geenen
Nataki Garrett has been appointed Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Bill Geenen

Nataki Garrett Appointed Artistic Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) announces today that Nataki Garrett will become its sixth artistic director in August 2019, succeeding Bill Rauch. The announcement by OSF Emeritus Board Chair and Search Committee Chair Gail Lopes ends a nearly yearlong search.

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The view from the stage of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts
The view from the stage of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts

Duke Ellington School for the Arts Elevates Performances with Audio Upgrade

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Following a major renovation that involved gutting the main building and constructing an entirely new auditorium inside the old structure, Washington D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts reopened with a stunning performance space that offers the flexibility of Meyer Sound’s Constellation® acoustic system. Dubbed “The Egg” because of its novel curved shape, the new venue hosts the school’s own acclaimed music, dance and theater ensembles as well as performances by renowned guests including the National Symphony and U.S. Navy Band. Whenever direct amplification is required, the new auditorium also provides a house reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound line array loudspeakers.

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Learn more about the new CO2 Confidence Collection microphones from Point Source Audio
Learn more about the new CO2 Confidence Collection microphones from Point Source Audio

USITT 2019: Point Source Audio Holding a Tech Talk on the Expo Floor

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Be sure to check out the Point Source Audio Tech Talk on the new CO2 Confidence Collection Microphones, as a part of the USITT Micro-Sessions. James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio will be speaking on Friday, March 22nd from 12:30pm – 1:00pm on the Sound Stage on the Expo floor. 

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The Beautiful Lies of Sound Design with Tasos Fratzolas

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From gunshots in a canyon to underwater submarine engines, this audio-rich talk explores the role of sound design in modern storytelling. Soundsnap.com founder Tasos Frantzolas looks at a variety of multimedia examples to show the ways that sound designers ‘lie’ in creating the sonic palette of film, television and interactive media. Tasos Frantzolas grew up in Athens and began producing music at the age of 13. After attending SAE London for Audio Engineering, he enjoyed a brief stint in the UK’s music and post-production industries. In 2006, he returned to Greece to found Soundsnap.com, a sound effects and loop library that has since grown to encompass over one million users and become the most popular sound effects destination worldwide. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 

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Lighting designer, Jeff Croiter
Lighting designer, Jeff Croiter

Jeff Croiter To Conduct USITT 2019 Session Sponsored By CHAUVET

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Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer, Jeff Croiter will offer a step-by-step tour of the creative process behind theatrical lighting design, when he conducts Start to Finish – The Designer’s Journey, an educational session sponsored by CHAUVET Professional at USITT. Scheduled to run on Thursday March 21 from 2:45 to 4 PM, the session will be held at Room M107 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

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The Scarlett Pimpernel with a lighting design from Jason Kantrowitz. Synthia F. Steiman sfs-photography.com
The Scarlett Pimpernel with a lighting design from Jason Kantrowitz. Synthia F. Steiman sfs-photography.com

LD Jason Kantrowitz Lights The Scarlet Pimpernel for MCP

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On February 18, Manhattan Concert Productions presented a gala concert production of Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton's musical comedy The Scarlet Pimpernel at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall directed by Gabriel Barre. The performance featured over 200 choral singers from high schools across the nation for a lifetime opportunity to perform together with celebrated Broadway stars and musicians. Renowned Lighting Designer Jason Kantrowitz from Luminous Ventures Ltd selected 4Wall Entertainment as the lighting supplier for this one-night-only event.

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Working in the Theatre Odd Jobs 2

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In this episode of Working in the Theatre, the American Theatre Wing revisits careers in the theatre that not only lack a spotlight, but whose specifics are unknown to those working behind the scenes. Nonetheless, they are crucial to the production of a stage show and make things move smoothly.
Custom Shoemaker Gino Bifulco produces shoes for some of the most well-known shows past and present.
Bruce and Sarah Barish, owners of Ernest Winzer Cleaners have cleaned, organized, and maintained costumes, props, and more for the Broadway stage. The family owned business has supported making cast comfortable and restoring the work of the great designers for over 110 years. 

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