The Biennial Sound Lab is back at USITT 2018

Michael Eddy

No matter what your career path, or level of experience is with audio, there’s something for everyone to learn about with regards to audio at the USITT 2018 Conference. The popular biennial Sound Lab will offer 2018 conference attendees hands-on design and tech experience in audio. USITT’s Sound Commission has created a dynamic program for attendees to get their hands on the latest equipment and mix live events as a part of the Lab. 

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Upstairs with "Grease" at the Winter Garden Theatre and Downstairs with "A Christmas Carol" at the Elgin Theatre.
Upstairs with "Grease" at the Winter Garden Theatre and Downstairs with "A Christmas Carol" at the Elgin Theatre.

Sound Designer Peter McBoyle Goes Upstairs & Downstairs for Productions of Grease and A Christmas Carol

Michael Eddy

Canadian sound designer and theatre consultant Peter McBoyle, whose long list of credits include Come Fly Away on Broadway and The Wild Party in Toronto, is currently at work on two simultaneous productions of Grease and A Christmas Carol at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, a rare double-decker venue in downtown Toronto. For both productions, McBoyle is using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment, with 24 SSM micro beltpack transmitters and Venue receivers in place upstairs at the Winter Garden for Grease, while downstairs at the Elgin 12 SSM micro beltpack transmitters and Venue receivers are at work on A Christmas Carol.

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Macbeth at DCPA with a lighting design by Alex Jainchill. Photos: AdamsVisCom
Macbeth at DCPA with a lighting design by Alex Jainchill. Photos: AdamsVisCom

LD Alex Jainchill Lights Modern Macbeth at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Eddy

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) recently staged an inventive and reimagined version of Macbeth that features an all-male cast, EDM-style music, and modern design elements. Lighting the contemporary version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is Lighting Designer Alex Jainchill, who uses dynamic lighting to meet lighting challenges and create magical moments for this contemporary version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, including special black light UV effects.

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Daniel Lerner, instructor of the popular NYU course The Science of Happiness and author of U Thrive will be featured at the USITT 2018 Early Career Honors session
Daniel Lerner, instructor of the popular NYU course The Science of Happiness and author of U Thrive will be featured at the USITT 2018 Early Career Honors session

The Science of Happiness: USITT 2018 Early Career Honors

Kathy Eddy

The USITT 2018 Early Career Honors session will feature Daniel Lerner, instructor of the popular NYU course The Science of Happiness and author of U ThriveIn using positive psychology to help people lead happy lives, Lerner’s key message is that developing a healthy (and happy) psychological state has a profound impact on the pursuit of excellence.

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Hair performed at the Aalborg Theatre. Photo by Allan Toft
Hair performed at the Aalborg Theatre. Photo by Allan Toft

Aalborg Theatre Chooses Robe

Michael Eddy

The Aalborg Theatre is in the heart of Denmark’s fourth largest city. Established in 1878, it has a rich and colorful history and is known as a ‘heavyweight’ on the Danish theatre scene. This long standing critical fortitude was further advanced with the arrival of Hans Henriksen as artistic director in 2015, who had several key objectives including one to make the production program more dynamic, cutting-edge, and accessible.

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The HARMAN North America Experience Center in Los Angeles
The HARMAN North America Experience Center in Los Angeles

HARMAN Professional Solutions Opens North America Experience Center in Los Angeles

Michael Eddy

HARMAN Professional Solutions announced the grand opening of the HARMAN Experience Center in Los Angeles. The facility joins a worldwide network of HARMAN Professional Solutions Experience Centers in Singapore, China and soon in London, designed to demonstrate how HARMAN solutions uniquely address customer needs across multiple vertical markets.

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The Cosmic Truss Snowman was the center of attention in their booth
The Cosmic Truss Snowman was the center of attention in their booth

Cosmic Truss Spreads the Christmas Cheer

Michael Eddy

Christmas came early this with Cosmic Truss’ recent seasonally themed booth. Visitors to the booth were able to grab a great snapshot with the truss snowman, which was quite the attraction for the company. The Cosmic snowman was made almost entirely of standard off the shelf truss, showing once again what a design team can achieve without needing to rely on custom parts, a great advantage of the Cosmic Truss product range.

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