USITT Gateway Project Seeks Mentees to Increase Diversity in Technical Theatre

Jacob Coakley

In an effort to increase diversity and inclusion in theatrical design fields, USITT’s Gateway Project is seeking applicants for mentorship opportunities at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati. Students and young professionals are encouraged to apply for the program, which will give them free registration to the USITT conference as well as mentorship with current USITT members who share their backgrounds.

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Technical Theatre Award Winners Announced

Jacob Coakley

The UK’s Technical Theatre Awards took place Tuesday, Oct. 7, and honored the achievements of the backstage crew with awards in 18 categories across all disciplines of stagecraft, including lighting, sound, stage management and more. The "Douglas Turnbull" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management went to Sharon Hobden. Kate Griffiths won the "Pigs Might Fly South" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs. Complete list of categories, nominees and winners after the jump.

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ETC LED Luminaires Light Red at Blank Space Theatre

Jacob Coakley

When James Tan designed the lighting for Red in the Esplanade Theatre Studio at Black Space Theatre in Singapore, he chose ETC LED Luminaires because they would be “intense enough and could also change color easily, as the play spanned two years with different seasons and day and night.” Tan used ETC Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires to create natural looking light as well as two 21-inch ETC Selador Classic Vivid-R LED luminaires to provide brightness and saturated color to enhance the canvas when the two actors painted it together. The show was also programmed on an ETC Ion console.

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Knight of Illumination Awards Gala Honors UK Entertainment Lighting Industry

Jacob Coakley

The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards gala was held on Sunday, Oct. 5, to honor outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting and video design. Andy Purves won the Knight of Illumination Award for Play for his work on The Believers at Theatre Royal Plymouth (and touring) with Adam Silverman winning the KOI award for Urinetown at the St. James Theatre. Ethan Wang won the KOI for projection in the theatre for his contributions to Rice from the Cloud Gate Theatre Dance Theatre of Taiwan. The Enrico Caironi Award For Lifetime Recognition, honoring an individual whom the KOI committee feels has made an outstanding impact on the industry, went to Brian Croft who has worked with with ESP Lighting, RFA Electrosound, Theatre Projects and more and who is also a dedicated supporter of the National Youth Theatre.

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Holland Performing Arts Center Chooses d&b audiotechnik for Sound Reinforcement

Jacob Coakley

Originally designed for acoustic performances, the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Neb., found more and more of its performances requiring amplified support. Omaha Performing Arts production manager Kate Williams partnered with a team from Threshold Acoustics, led by Jonathan Laney, to create a reinforcement system comprised of d&b audiotechnik speakers to suit the hall without blasting those in front or creating shadows in the back of the hall. Laney and Williams chose the speakers for their “flexible nature, narrow throw, and accurate directionality.”

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Backstage Heritage Collection Aims to Document Technical Theatre History

Jacob Coakley

The Backstage Heritage Collection has launched, with a mission to chart the history of stage lighting and other backstage technologies. They will  comprehensively documenting vintage equipment on-line, gathering together high quality present-day images with original design, promotion and marketing materials and remembrances from those who originally created and used the products in order to create a virtual museum; and, where possible, they hope to preserve equipment by finding people able and willing to give it a safe, accessible home. 

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USITT a Finalist for 2014 Prudential Leadership Award

Jacob Coakley

USITT is one of three finalists for the 2014 Prudential Leadership Award for Exceptional Non-profit Boards. BoardSource, a national association for non-profit boards, will give the winner $15,000 (along with $3000 for the two honorable mentions). The award honors boards that are seen as models of good leadership. USITT was nominated by consultant Leslie Marqua, who helped USITT’s 32-member board develop their strategic plan.

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Rose Brand Offers $10,000 Main Stage Curtain as Prize in Rags to Riches Video Contest

Jacob Coakley

Rose Brand launched a new competition, The Rags to Riches video contest, that challenges theatres to create a short video (under 1 minute) explaining why their stage is most deserving of a new curtain. Videos will be featured on the Rose Brand Pinterest and Vimeo pages and the one with the best combination of creativity and entertainment (as judged by Rose Brand) along with likes, shares and organizational need will win a new main curtain worth up to $10,000 for their theatre. The deadline is Nov. 7, 2014.

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