IATSE 125th Anniversary History Video

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As the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) celebrate their 125th Anniversary, they have created a short video reflecting on the history of the organization. Since their founding in 1893, the strength and solidarity of their members has bettered the lives of many workers throughout the entertainment industry.{youtube}v=8uJVKYsEfmY{/youtube}

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Fame performed at Loughborough Town Hall and lit with LED luminaires from CHAUVET
Fame performed at Loughborough Town Hall and lit with LED luminaires from CHAUVET

Loughborough Town Hall Opts for LED Lighting Focused on Energy Savings

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An Elvis tribute one week, an appearance by the Russian National Ballet the next, followed by a comedy show after that. Although Loughborough is a small town, its 58,000 residents never want for entertainment options, thanks to their thriving entertainment center. Built in 1855 as a corn exchange, the stately structure has morphed into one of the UK’s most diverse performance venues with a 522-seat theatre and space for meetings and receptions.

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This Ain't No Disco at the Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Ben Arons
This Ain't No Disco at the Atlantic Theater Company. Photos by Ben Arons

LD Ben Stanton Lights This Aint No Disco for Atlantic Theater Company

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Multi Tony Award-nominated lighting designer Ben Stanton lit the world premiere of This Ain’t No Disco, a high-energy song and dance musical that recently ran at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company. In addition to lighting designer, Ben Stanton, the creative team for This Ain’t No Disco included: costume designer, Sarah Laux; sound designer, Emily Lazar; set designer, Jason Sherwood; and projection designer, Aaron Rhyne.

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LD Charlie Morgan Jones Creates Atmosphere for 1940s NYC in Street Scene

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Performing arts students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland staged Kurt Weill's Street Scene as their final performance of the year. The American opera, by Weill, Langston Hughes, and Elmer Rice is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Rice, was performed at the New Athenaeum Theatre May 19-25 in Glasgow. The production took the audience back to New York City in the late 1940s during the middle of a heatwave. Freelance Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones describes the production as “one of the best” he’s ever worked on, citing his dream team of his regular collaborator, Director Alexandrea Spencer-Jones and new-to-work-with set designer Adrian Linford. His team was also comprised of students. Here's a video with director Spencer-Jones and set designer Linford discussing the production: {youtube}v=YNxVMPjkYfc{/youtube}

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The U.S. exhibition of designers have been announced for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ)
The U.S. exhibition of designers have been announced for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ)

Emerging U.S. Student and Professional Designers Accepted to the 2019 Prague Quadrennial

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Thirty-four emerging student designers and 51 professional designers from the U.S. have been selected to exhibit and feature their work in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ), the largest performance design event in the world. The 14th PQ will take place June 6-16, 2019, in Prague. The U.S. exhibition at the PQ is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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A dance piece that's lit with SolaFrame 750 luminaires from High End Systems at MATCH in Houston, TX
A dance piece that's lit with SolaFrame 750 luminaires from High End Systems at MATCH in Houston, TX

Lighting the Match in Houston

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The Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, or MATCH, a Houston theater has a mantra of flexibility. MATCH, which opened in late 2015 as a home for Houston’s small and mid-sized arts organizations, is a venue that features four flexible performance spaces able to house a variety of events. A recent installation of High End Systems SolaFrame 750 LED fixtures is helping fulfill the flexible mantra.

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VER Emerges from Bankruptcy as Newly Organized Company

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Production Resource Group (PRG) announced today that VER has emerged from Ch.11 bankruptcy as a reorganized company led by Jere Harris and controlled by The Jordan Company, GSO Capital Partners and PRG Management. VER will continue to exist and maintain its focus as a traditional business-to-business subrental platform, renting to AV staging companies and industry professionals. Full-service solutions will transition to become a part of PRG. PRG and VER will operate as two separate companies in North America; by focusing on their respective areas of expertise, each will be equipped to meet evolving client needs and offer solutions, resources and expertise even better than before. In Europe and the Middle East, VER has merged into PRG. 

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