The company of Woyzek. Photo Credit: Graeme Braidwood
The company of Woyzek. Photo Credit: Graeme Braidwood

LD Lee Curran and Sets/Costume Designer Neil Murray design Woyzeck

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From its very creation, Woyzeck has defied easy categorization. The German dramatist Georg Büchner died before he finished this woeful tale of a soldier returning home from war to an uncertain life, leaving the play, like a work of timeless jazz, open to endless interpretations by future writers who would “complete” his story in their own fashion. Over 180 years after its creator’s passing, Woyzeck resonates as powerfully as ever. This is very evident in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s recent production of the drama, which features some piercingly intense imagery that’s made all the more evocative by Lee Curran’s lighting design. Here’s a video of Designer Neil Murray, speaking about his scenic and costume designs for this production of Woyzeck: {youtube}v=gxRCZgXdti8{/youtube}

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ETCP Announces Changes to Portable Power Distribution Technician Eligibility Requirements

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After an extensive survey of stakeholders, employers, and subject matter experts, it was determined that candidates could acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to qualify to sit for the Portable Power Distribution Technician examination with a less stringent work requirement. Effective immediately, the ETCP Certification Council has lowered the eligibility requirements for candidates applying to take the PPDT examination to 20 points from the original 25 points.

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Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.
Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.

Shure Receives 2018 Global Excellence Award

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The Global Presence Alliance (GPA), the “Star Alliance” of the Integrated Audio-Visual Experience Industry, has again recognized Shure as a 2018 Global Excellence Award winner. As a reflection of the leading audio, visual, and UC manufacturers and vendors, the annual Global Excellence Awards honor vendors that exhibit the highest level of commitment to delivering superior experiences to GPA members and global customers. Shure was previously honored with this prestigious achievement in 2017 and 2016, shortly after the Company joined the GPA’s Accredited Vendor Program.

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The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva
The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva

Justin Townsend Lights Acclaimed Jagged Little Pill

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The world premiere of Jagged Little Pill, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette, ran for 79 sold-out performances – May 5th to July 15th – at American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA. This was the longest run of any production at the theater. The show, which incorporates music from Morissette’s 1995 Grammy Award-winning album such as “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know,” is an original story that deals with some of today’s most significant issues like opiate addiction, gun control and gender identity.

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Students lighting designers work on their presentation for the CHAUVET Student Lighting Showcase at the The Montalbán
Students lighting designers work on their presentation for the CHAUVET Student Lighting Showcase at the The Montalbán

CHAUVET Professional 5th Annual Student Lighting Showcase

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The Montalbán Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, which is owned by the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation as part of its mission to promote theatre education and the work of Latino artists, recently hosted the the CHAUVET Professional Student Lighting Showcase. Now in its fifth year, the annual interactive educational event, which was sponsored by 4Wall Entertainment, gives lighting students from Los Angeles-area college theatre programs an opportunity to collaborate on design projects and have their work evaluated by noted lighting designers. This year’s group of designers included Jeff Ravitz, Matt Ford, James Schipper, Rachel Miller, Mark Devlin, and Aron Altmark.

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The auditorium at Petal High School adds a line array for improved audio
The auditorium at Petal High School adds a line array for improved audio

Petal High School Adds Line Array for its Auditorium

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Petal High School, in Petal, MS enjoys a unique position in the state of Mississippi. Long-range planning has kept Petal an acknowledged leader in education; the district recently receiving a #1 ranking by the Mississippi Department of Education. Those strategic plans include the continuous addition and upgrading of facilities to increase and improve the academic opportunities.

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A performance on the River Stage at the National Theatre. Photo ©NT
A performance on the River Stage at the National Theatre. Photo ©NT

LD Huw Llewellyn Lights the River Stage at The National Theatre

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The National Theatre's River Stage Festival is in full swing, bringing a dazzling array of acts to London’s Southbank with on-the-fly lighting by Chief LD Huw Llewellyn. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs on weekends during July and August, bringing free performances of queer, classical, cabaret, dance and much more, to a temporary stage in front of the National Theatre’s iconic building.

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Ralph Stockley with the sign at the new Texas Prolyte office
Ralph Stockley with the sign at the new Texas Prolyte office

Prolyte Launches North America Office in Texas

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In response to increased worldwide demand for its staging products and solutions, Prolyte Group announces its expansion across North America with the opening of its office in Pearland, TX. The Netherlands-based company is a manufacturer of hardware and structural solutions for the entertainment industry with a product line that includes the aluminum truss structures, roofing, staging, crowd barriers, and hoist systems.

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Tony Hagopian, Executive Director and Christy Hamilton, Managing Director of URTA
Tony Hagopian, Executive Director and Christy Hamilton, Managing Director of URTA

URTA Announces New Leadership with Tony Hagopian and Christy Hamilton

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The University Resident Theatre Association's board of directors announces the appointment of Tony Hagopian to the position of executive director. Joining Hagopian on the new leadership team will be Christy Hamilton as managing director. The team will work to drive the organization's continued growth.

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