Winners Announced for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards

Stage Directions

Winners for the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced Sunday night, June 2 at The Town Hall in New York City. The 2019 Drama Desk Awards full list of winners is available below. In keeping with Drama Desk's mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway during the 2018-2019 New York theater season in the same competitive categories.

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Robe wll be supporting the Prague Quadrennial 2019
Robe wll be supporting the Prague Quadrennial 2019

Robe Supports Prague Quadrennial 2019

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Robe is delighted to be involved as a supporter of the 2019 Prague Quadrennial which is being artistically directed by scenic lighting and costume designer Markéta Fantová and runs 6th – 16th June at the Vystaviste Praha (Prague Exhibition Grounds) and locations in and around Prague, the Czech Republic’s beautiful and vibrant capital city.

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The interior of the new Howards Grove High School auditorium
The interior of the new Howards Grove High School auditorium

Sound Choices for New Auditorium at Howards Grove High School in Wisconsin

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Howards Grove is a small community and suburb of Sheboygan, WI, and Howards Grove High School serves over three-hundred students from Howards Grove and nearby communities. Its music department is well-developed and extremely active, with three choirs, and concert, jazz, symphonic, and  marching bands and also has an active drama department. Surprisingly, Howards Grove High School made do for years without an auditorium of its own by appropriating the gymnasium, the cafeteria, classrooms, or even neighboring schools’ auditoriums. That’s all changed now with the completion of its own 450-seat auditorium, complete with the high-fidelity and even coverage of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

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A scene from West Side Story at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Photos by: Richard Davenport at The Other Richard.
A scene from West Side Story at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Photos by: Richard Davenport at The Other Richard.

Sound Designer Richard Brooker on the Re-imagined Version of West Side Story at Manchester Royal Exchange

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West Side Story ranks as one of the most popular musicals of all time and continues to delight audiences 60 years after its Broadway debut. Leonard Bernstein’s score remains as timeless as ever, and Arthur Laurents’ storyline, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet transposed to gang-ridden 1950’s America, also remains hauntingly relevant. However, the production at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre is the first ever not to feature Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, having been adapted for the theatre’s in-the-round configuration by Aletta Collins. West Side Story features a sound design by Richard Brooker. Here's a video trailer for this production: {youtube}v=3mbn1QjQQmg{/youtube}

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The chandeliers for Hairspray at Oregon Shakespeare Festival were wirelessly controllable using RC4 Wireless products. Photos by OSF
The chandeliers for Hairspray at Oregon Shakespeare Festival were wirelessly controllable using RC4 Wireless products. Photos by OSF

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Goes Wireless for Control

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival [OSF] has been delighting audiences since 1935. Their productions are wildly varied; one constant is the fact that when they need wireless dimming and DMX, they turn to products from RC4 Wireless. “I really am happy with our RC4 products. We’re not having drop out problems, and they handle power really well,” notes Michael K. Maag, Resident Lighting Designer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Bob Scales with (a portion of) his collection of Ghost Lights
Bob Scales with (a portion of) his collection of Ghost Lights

In Memoriam: Bob Scales 1935-2019

Michael Eddy

Editor’s Note: It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Robert Scales, Dean, Technical Director, Theater Consultant, Professor, Mentor, and Friend to many in theater. We will have more on his life and career. Requiescat in Pace, Bob. Here is a remembrance from his friend and colleague, Pat MacKay:

The consummate theatre production professional and everything you could ever want in a friend and colleague has left us for a new venue. Technical director, designer, problem solver, organizer, manager, professor, dean, theatre consultant, Bob Scales was always kind, ever generous, curious, giving, and concerned.

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Timeless Communications Partners with ZipRecruiter To Launch TimelessJobs.com

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A leading publisher of entertainment technology trade magazines has launched TimelessJobs.com, the industry’s most comprehensive job board and career resource portal. Created by Timeless Communications, publishers of PLSN, FOH, and Stage Directions trade magazines, and powered by the ZipRecruiter Job Search Engine, TimelessJobs.com includes hundreds of targeted jobs in the audio, staging, lighting, production, touring, theatre, and facilities categories, along with powerful tools for job seekers and employers alike.

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The Wally Russell Foundation Makes its Fourth $10,000.00 Contribution to USITT

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The Wally Russell Foundation, a not-for-profit charity founded in 1992 in memory of the achievements of Wally Russell to the Theatrical Lighting Industry, announced that it was contributing for the fourth year in a row, $10.000.00 to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). To date, the Wally Foundation has contributed $40,000.00 to USITT.

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USITT inaugural Digital Media Symposium launches in September. LUMA Festival photo by Van Zandbergen Photography
USITT inaugural Digital Media Symposium launches in September. LUMA Festival photo by Van Zandbergen Photography

USITT Inaugural Digital Media Symposium Launches in September

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USITT announces the inaugural USITT Digital Media Symposium, which will take place September 4-6 in Binghamton, NY, in association with the LUMA Projection Arts Festival, America's premier projection arts festival. The Digital Media Symposium will offer two exciting days of digital media creation, education, and artistry to attendees. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so USITT urges you not to delay. They expect registration to open on or about June 1. Here's a video rewind of highlights of the last four years of the LUMA Festival: {youtube}v=KsUQjjXMXsE{/youtube}

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