In Memoriam: Jan Musson

Jacob Coakley

Jan Musson, founder of Musson Theatrical, died on Monday, Dec. 21 in her home in Goshen, KY. She was 79. Musson founded Musson Theatrical in her home in 1971 and later sold the business in 1995. A graduate of Stanford University, with a masters from San Jose State University, Musson worked as a lighting designer for theatres in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years. After she moved to Louisville in 1988, she started a branch of Musson Theatrical there, served as lighting designer for Walden Theatre in Louisville, and was a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT). Information about where to share remembrances and make donations in her honor after the jump.

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Acentech’s Studio A Advises on Acoustics for Arts Centers

Jacob Coakley

Acentech Studio A lent their audio expertise to a series of projects in 2015, including the newly renovated Miller Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. Originally an elementary school, the building houses several flexible dance studios, offices and a 186-seat theatre. Studio A provided acoustics and mechanical system noise control consulting and extensive acoustical modeling for the project.

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Vectorworks Sponsors Stage Lighting Super Saturday

Jacob Coakley

Vectorworks will sponsor the 11th annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday taking place Jan. 9 at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, located at 721 Broadway in New York City. One session of particular interest will be Computer Aided Design & Paperwork, which will introduce participants to how CAD is used to draft light plots. Programs covered during the presentation will include Vectorworks Spotlight software and LightWright.

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DPA d:screet Necklace Mic Used Off-Broadway

Jacob Coakley

Color me impressed. I did not expect to see the DPA d:screet Necklace Microphone on stage—it seemed like a great tool for reality TV, but not for the stage. Well, John Grasso of ACIR professional proved me wrong, using the microphones on an Off-Broadway production of Ruthless at St. Luke’s Theatre. Grasso chose the mics for their sound quality and to accommodate quick costume changes. “The cast has a good amount of costume changes, with little to no time between scenes, so with the d:screet Necklace, the actors can easily switch wardrobe without having to worry about positioning a microphone.”

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Robe Brings Color to Snow White

Jacob Coakley

LD Andy Webb used more than 50 Robe fixtures, including the DL series of luminaires, on an “English Panto” production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The show relies heavily on backdrops, which placed a greater emphasis on lights—while simultaneously making it harder to have good lighting positions. Two Robe DL4S’s texture the backdrops with gobos and throw color onto the stage, while Webb used Robe LEDWash 600s, LEDBeam 100s and three PARFect 100s on side booms.

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Ambassador Theatre Group to Re-Open Broadway’s Hudson Theatre

Jacob Coakley

Ambassador Theatre Group has partnered with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels to renovate, restore and open the Hudson Theatre. Situated just off Times Square in New York on 44th Street, between Millennium Broadway Hotel and The Premier Hotel, The Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903. The venue will receive significant front-of-house improvements as well as substantial backstage and technical upgrades, including new and expanded dressing rooms and new fly systems. The anticipated re-launch of the theater is slated for the 2016/2017 Broadway season.

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