The mall scene from Mean Girls, which featured a sound design by Brian Ronan with associate designer, Cody Spencer. Photo credit: Joan Marcus
The mall scene from Mean Girls, which featured a sound design by Brian Ronan with associate designer, Cody Spencer. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Sound Designer Brian Ronan Brings Nice Sound to Mean Girls

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Mean Girls, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 film of the same name, features a Tony-nominated sound design by Brian Ronan, with the assistance of his associate, Cody Spencer. The duo has worked together on a dozen Broadway productions, of which Ronan has taken home awards for both The Book of Mormon and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, underscoring his reputation as one of Broadway’s most sought-after sound designers.
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A production proposal for Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Three Decembers, selected for the 2015–2016 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Joshua Miller (director), William Anderson (scenic designer), Hope Bennett (costume designer) and Stephanie Busing (projection designer).
A production proposal for Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Three Decembers, selected for the 2015–2016 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Joshua Miller (director), William Anderson (scenic designer), Hope Bennett (costume designer) and Stephanie Busing (projection designer).

Applications Now Open for The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase with OPERA America

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OPERA America invites applications from director- or designer-driven teams of artists, who must create a production proposal for one of 10 pre-selected operas. This unique Opera America program for emerging directors and designers, supported by the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, offers an opportunity to showcase your work to programmers and producers from around the country. Build a team of creative professionals and then develop a production proposal that could become a mainstage show. You must submit an Intent to Apply by August 20.

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A statement on Women+ in Sound Design for Broadway and theatres across the country by the TSDCA
A statement on Women+ in Sound Design for Broadway and theatres across the country by the TSDCA

The Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association Releases Statement on Women+ in Sound Design for Broadway and Theatres Across the Country

Michael Eddy

It is with great excitement that the members of TSDCA congratulate the 10 nominated shows for the 2018 Tony Awards in Sound Design. Our membership is appreciative of the reinstatement of these awards, and we thank The American Theatre Wing for making this rectification. We also thank the theatre industry at large for their support of sound designers over the past few years in acknowledgement of our contribution to Broadway theatre.

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Rigoletto at LA Opera, lit by LD Robert Wierzel. LA Opera. Photo© LA Opera technical department
Rigoletto at LA Opera, lit by LD Robert Wierzel. LA Opera. Photo© LA Opera technical department

LA Opera Embraces LED Lighting for Rigoletto Designed by Robert Wierzel

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The Los Angeles Opera has invested in Signify's LED-based Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile fixtures as part of its stage lighting rig. LA Opera's current production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with lighting design by Robert Wierzel, is the first production in its history lit with a predominantly LED lighting rig. [Editor’s Note: Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018.] The LA Opera staging of Rigolleto was directed by Mark Lamos and features striking scenic perspectives by scenic designer, Michael Yeargan and elaborate period costumes from costume designer, Constance Hoffman along with Wierzel's vivid lighting. Here's a video from LA Opera showing off the creative team's work.

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The Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM recently upgraded it's lighting with a new LED lighting system
The Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM recently upgraded it's lighting with a new LED lighting system

Rio Grande Theatre Upgrades its Lighting Working with Hubbard’s Music

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The Rio Grande Theatre, in Las Cruces, NM, opened on July 29, 1926, as a silent movie hall. The two-story building was retrofitted three years later with sound equipment, making it among the earliest theatres in its state to show “talkies.” It was also the first business in Las Cruces to be air conditioned. History repeated itself earlier this year, when the iconic venue, which now hosts a diverse mix of theatrical productions, concerts, and special film showings, took a technological step forward by replacing its old stage lighting with a new LED lighting system.

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ArKaos expands North American network with Elation Lighting
ArKaos expands North American network with Elation Lighting

ArKaos Expands North American Network with Elation Lighting

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ArKaos announces the expansion of its U.S. distribution network with the appointment of Elation Lighting Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA, as a new distributor for the U.S. and Mexico. The move comes with a general evolution and widening of ArKaos’s product range which includes control products like MediaMaster, a range of video servers for live shows, GrandVJ for clubs, and the new cloud-based An-Ki which is specifically designed for ‘architainment’ applications.

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Barbizon's John Gebbie leads a tour of Barbizon for the Fellows from the Theatrical Workplace Development Program
Barbizon's John Gebbie leads a tour of Barbizon for the Fellows from the Theatrical Workplace Development Program

Barbizon Welcomed Fellows from the Theatrical Workplace Development Program

Tom Madden

Here's a post from Tom Madden, President & CEO of Barbizon Lighting.
On May 30, we were thrilled to welcome 17 fellows from
Roundabout Theatre Company'sTheatrical Workplace Development Program to Barbizon Lighting Company’s NYC Office today! We toured the facilities and had workshops with some cool lighting tech as we talk about Systems Integration and Project Management job opportunities. We hope that we provided insight into the very cool non-theatrical work that we do with our theatrical production backgrounds. This is a great program established by Roundabout and we are thankful for the opportunity to be their partner.

Here’s a video about the Theatrical Workplace Development Program:
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A.C. Lighting has been named the exclusive North American distributor for Luminex networking products
A.C. Lighting has been named the exclusive North American distributor for Luminex networking products

Luminex Names A.C. Lighting Inc. Exclusive North American Distributor

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A.C. Lighting Inc. announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Luminex Network Intelligence, manufacturer of data distribution equipment for professional lighting, audio, and video applications. As per this distribution agreement, AC Lighting will now be responsible for promoting, distributing, and servicing all Luminex products in North America.

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