Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone
Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone

Tony Taccone to Step Down as Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep

Michael Eddy

BERKELEY, CA—Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that long-time Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will depart the company at the end of its 50th anniversary season, 2018-19. When Taccone leaves, he will have been on staff at the company for 33 years, 22 of which he will have served as artistic director.

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Simon Franklyn, the new Director of West Coast Operations for Mountain Productions
Simon Franklyn, the new Director of West Coast Operations for Mountain Productions

Mountain Productions Appoints Simon Franklyn as Director of West Coast Operations

Michael Eddy

WILKES-BARRE, PA—Mountain Productions has appointed Simon Franklyn as their Director of West Coast Operations. Franklyn has previously served as a Tour Production Rigger for Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, and The Who. He also worked as a consultant and project manager on events around the globe, including installations at Lotte World in Seoul, the 1996 Olympic Games, an 80,000 square-foot scaffolding system for Universal Studios’ Jurassic Park, and work on the main stages at Desert Trip, Panorama, and Coachella, among many other high-profile jobs.

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LD Michael Pagan's design for Rent. Photo by Claudia Valcich
LD Michael Pagan's design for Rent. Photo by Claudia Valcich

LD Michael Pagan Takes GLP Back to His Alma Mater

Michael Eddy

SUN VALLEY, CA—Lighting Designer Michael Pagan, a former student at Dr. Phillips High School Theatre Magnet in Orlando, FL was recently invited by the school’s Theatre director, Jason Whitehead to come back and light the school’s production of Rent. Pagan accepted and for his design chose to use 12 of the GLP impression X4s.

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The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts
The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts

The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts to Open in NYC in March

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps performers and those behind the scenes working in the performing arts, along with Mount Sinai Doctors announced the opening of a new health center for the performing arts and entertainment community in New York City. The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in March 2017 at The Actors Fund’s headquarters. This new facility, which is conveniently located at 729 Seventh Avenue between 48th and 49th Street in Times Square, will serve as the medical care provider that is solely focused on the particular health care needs of the entertainment and performing arts community.

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LD Luc Peumans used 14 Chauvet Strike 1 LED luminaires for the Netherlands tour of Hair
LD Luc Peumans used 14 Chauvet Strike 1 LED luminaires for the Netherlands tour of Hair

LD Luc Peumans' Let's the Sunshine In with Chauvet

Michael Eddy

SUNRISE, FL—Lighting Designer Luc Peumans, and his team from the Belgian design practice Painting with Light provided the lighting design for the Netherlands tour of the musical Hair. For the show’s climax where light prevails over darkness, Peumans deployed 14 Chauvet Strike 1 multi-format luminaires.

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High End Systems Hog 4 Lighting Console
High End Systems Hog 4 Lighting Console

Elation Now Offers Entire High End Systems Hog 4 Range of Consoles to their U.S. Resellers

Michael Eddy

LOS ANGELES, CA—Elation Professional is now offering, and stocking, the entire High End Systems Hog range of lighting control products to its U.S. dealer base. Elation has distributed the High End HedgeHog 4™ and Nano Hog 4™ lighting consoles since November of 2013 in the U.S., South America, and parts of Europe. 

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Kinesys Open House and Training
Kinesys Open House and Training

Kinesys USA to Hold Open House and Training Workshop

Michael Eddy

ATLANTA, GA—Motion control systems manufacturer Kinesys USA will be holding a combined open house and training workshop at its dedicated training facility in Atlanta from February 21 to 24, 2017. There will be classroom and practical machinery operation sessions and a chance to get to know the Kinesys automation products such as the Elevation1+ variable-speed chain hoist control, K2 motion control software, the DigiHoist motor control platform and the Libra load cell system. 

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(left to right): Jeff Beck, VP Sales CAD Audio; Mark Meding, Principal On the Road Marketing; Brig Carr, President CAD Audio.
(left to right): Jeff Beck, VP Sales CAD Audio; Mark Meding, Principal On the Road Marketing; Brig Carr, President CAD Audio.

CAD Audio Names On the Road Marketing As Rep For New York and New England

Michael Eddy

SOLON, OH––CAD Audio has appointed On the Road Marketing as sales representative for New York City, Upstate New York, and New England. Under the guidance of owner Mark Meding, On the Road Marketing has been representing leading brands in professional audio, commercial AV, video and lighting for over 30 years.

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National New Play Network
National New Play Network

NNPN COMMISSION WILL RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE AT SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY

Kathy Eddy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - National New Play Network (NNPN), the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announced the World Premiere of its 2012-13 Annual Commission, Harbur Gate by Kathleen Cahill, at Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), a NNPN Core Member. The Commission, which was awarded to Ms. Cahill in collaboration with Salt Lake Acting Company, will receive its first professional production from February 8-March 12.

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