NATEAC 2020 Call for Presenters

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The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is a quadrennial event featuring sessions on diverse topics relevant to the design and construction of performance venues throughout North America. The NATEAC producers are accepting session proposals for the upcoming conference to be held in July 2020 in New York City.

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Left to right: Ryan Shelton (Group One), Tony Bevacqua (PES), Matt Larson (Group One), Michael LaVopa (PES) and John Zambrano (PES) behind DiGiCo’s SD7 Quantum console and external KLANG display at the recent AES Convention in New York City
Left to right: Ryan Shelton (Group One), Tony Bevacqua (PES), Matt Larson (Group One), Michael LaVopa (PES) and John Zambrano (PES) behind DiGiCo’s SD7 Quantum console and external KLANG display at the recent AES Convention in New York City

Group One Ltd. Names Peter E. Schmitt Co. New DiGiCo Rep Firm for Metro New York Area

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One of the pro audio industry’s longest-standing firms tapped to carry the UK brand forward as its latest US representative

Group One Limited, the Farmingdale, NY-based US distributor for DiGiCo, announces the appointment of Peter E. Schmitt Company (PES) as its newest independent manufacturers’ representative firm to service the UK mixing console brand. The announcement comes from Group One’s Matt Larson, executive vice president of professional audio, to whom the firm directly reports.

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Claypaky Improves its North American Service Network

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With the addition of a key staff member and a regional service center, Claypaky’s North American customers can expect enhanced project support and service. Ray Whitton recently joined Claypaky’s team as North American Business Development Manager. He brings 30 years of automated lighting expertise, as well as experience with top lighting designers and touring, stage, and television production companies.

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USITT Giving Day is Saturday Oct. 26, 2019

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A Message from USITT's Executive Director David Grindle:

USITT's first ever Giving Day is this Saturday, October 26. Please help us reach our goals by making your contribution today by going to www.usitt.org/donate or by texting text GIVE to 315-305-3604 from your mobile phone.

October is the month USITT was "born" according to the legal documents. As such we are hoping to make strides toward fulfilling our Setting the Next Stage fundraising campaign goal during this month. Giving Day on October 26 will help us meet that goal.

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Tech student, Hope McMahone using the new Pliant CrewCom on Ella Enchanted at Samford University Theatre
Tech student, Hope McMahone using the new Pliant CrewCom on Ella Enchanted at Samford University Theatre

Intercom Upgrade for Samford University Theatre

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Through trial and error with other manufacturers, David Glenn, director of technology and design for the Samford University theatre, finally found the communications solution he was searching for with Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system. For the 288-seat university theatre, it is crucial to deploy a reliable intercom system that never compromises on quality and has a small learning curve – ideal for students working in live production for the first time.  

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AES President Nadja Wallaszkovits with Distinguished Service Medal Award winner Garry Margolis on October 16 during the Opening Ceremonies of the AES New York 2019 Convention.
AES President Nadja Wallaszkovits with Distinguished Service Medal Award winner Garry Margolis on October 16 during the Opening Ceremonies of the AES New York 2019 Convention.

AES New York 2019 Awards Recognizes Industry Achievements and Contributions

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The opening ceremonies of the 147th Audio Engineering Society Convention took place on Wednesday, October 16, at the Javits Center in New York, featuring the presentation of this year’s AES Awards, along with welcoming remarks from AES President Nadja Wallaszkovits and AES New York Convention committee members Agniezska Roginska, Valerie Tyler, and Jonathan Wyner. Awards were presented by Alex Case, AES Awards Committee Chair.

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A scene from Beetlejuice with lighting by LD Ken Posner
A scene from Beetlejuice with lighting by LD Ken Posner

Lighting the Netherworld in Beetlejuice

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What happens if you say Flare Rayzr three times? They appear on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. Award winning Lighting Designer Ken Posner’s palette for the burlesque world of Beetlejuice included 29 Solaris Flare Rayzr fixtures, earning him a well-deserved Tony Award nomination for his imaginative, emotional, and – dare we say it? – haunting design. The stage adaptation of the 1988 Tim Burton film opened April 25 this year.

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A scene from The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet
A scene from The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet

A Custom LED Screen Used for The Lehman Trilogy in the West End

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Starting out at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton before transferring to New York’s Park Avenue Armory, The Lehman Trilogy returned to London for a 15-week run at the Piccadilly Theatre. Space constraints at the new venue instigated a move from projection to LED – a challenge that was answered with a video design from Universal Pixels. Here's a preview trailer of The Lehman Trilogy: 

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ETC announces the 2019 LDI Fred Foster Student Mentees
ETC announces the 2019 LDI Fred Foster Student Mentees

ETC Announces 2019 LDI Fred Foster Student Mentees

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Recognizing the importance of mentorship in any lighting professional’s career, ETC has sponsored students at LDI for the past 20 years, connecting them with the industry’s brightest talent. Now, ETC has renamed this initiative the Fred Foster Student Mentorship Program, in honor of the late Founder and CEO’s legacy. ETC is proud to announce this year’s recipients.

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The Actors Fund and The John Gore Organization have partnered to form The Actors Fund Flu Shot Program for theatrical touring companies
The Actors Fund and The John Gore Organization have partnered to form The Actors Fund Flu Shot Program for theatrical touring companies

The Actors Fund Flu Shot Program for Touring Companies

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New program will provide flu shots to cast, crew, and theatrical venue staff of national touring companies

The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today the launch of The Actors Fund Flu Shot Program for Touring Companies, a partnership with the John Gore Organization. The program is designed to provide flu shots to the cast, crew, and traveling family members of all Actors’ Equity national touring companies, as well as theatrical venue staff, while also educating them about the programs and services available to them through The Actors Fund.

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