Five ESTA Standards in Public Review

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ESTA has five documents posted for public review on the ESTA Technical Standards Program website. Two are new draft standards, while three are postings for reaffirmation of existing standards. People materially affected by these standards or proposed standards are invited to visit the website and to comment on them before the comment due dates noted. In order of due-date and then alpha-numeric designation, the documents are:

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Vietgone with a lighting design by Jen Fok. Photos by Paul Fox
Vietgone with a lighting design by Jen Fok. Photos by Paul Fox

LD Jen Fok Uses Color to Capture Moments in Vietgone

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Jen Fok says that she enjoys making “large gestures” that mix color and shadow. She’s quite talented at creating these intense visual statements too, as evidenced by her work as the lighting designer on Qui Nguyen’s rollicking family saga Vietgone, which is running at the Boston Center for the Arts from April 26 through May 25. This production was directed by Michelle Aguillon and is presented by Company One Theatre in partnership with Pao Arts Center.

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34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Recipients

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The 2019 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed out to recipients in 19 categories, with one special award and three honorary awards also bestowed. The Lortel Awards were distributed in a ceremony at NYU Skirball Center hosted by Drama Desk Award-nominated writer and performer of The New One, Mike Birbiglia. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.

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James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio
James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio

The Sounding Board: 5 Key Considerations When Choosing the Right Mic

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Point Source Audio’s work with numerous sound professionals over the last decade has resulted in groundbreaking microphone developments such as the EMBRACE and the CO2 Confidence Collection microphones. Throughout this process, we have identified 5 key considerations that will help ensure you are choosing the perfect tool for each and every cast member and individual production.

You’ve found your sound, now what? Picking the right microphone is not just about the purity of the sound it produces. While that is paramount and desired, in a real-world production there are other external factors that will affect the choice of mic you choose. Some of these considerations you may not have any control over, and some will present themselves to be fun challenges to overcome. 
Among those challenges can be finding microphones which can stand up to blood, sweat, tears and rain. Checkout this video to see how well Point Source Audio microphones meet those challenges:

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Backstage Video: Time Lapse of Load-in of Don Giovanni at Tulsa Opera

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Here’s a time lapse video from Tulsa Opera for their upcoming performances of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni. The opera, which runs Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 5th, has a scenic design by R. Keith Brumley, a costume design by Mary Traylor, lighting design by resident Lighting Designer is Erich Keil, and Bryan Johnson was the Properties Designer/Master/Artisan for this production. Scenery for this production was constructed by Lyric Opera of Kansas City and costumes for this production were constructed by Kansas City Costume Company. {youtube} v=0GqrenJvbfI{/youtube}

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