Why You and Your Colleagues Should Attend USITT 2018

Michael Eddy

There are few organizations that can offer the same opportunities as USITT. The USITT conference is the premier event for theatre design and production. Between March 14th – 17th the USITT Conference and Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale will showcase speakers, demos, top product developers, inspiring keynotes, and unique opportunities to network with equally passionate professionals around the world. This year’s agenda offers dozens of presentations, professional development workshops, backstage tours and design exhibits. Plus...

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Kay Lange and Jens Nillson. Credit Maks Richter
Kay Lange and Jens Nillson. Credit Maks Richter

d&b audiotechnik Welcomes a New Chief Financial Officer

Michael Eddy

After 31 years with d&b, Kay Lange, Chief Financial Officer of d&b audiotechnik, is handing over his role to the next generation. Lange had already made this decision in 2016, in agreement with investors and the management team, to spend more time with family and pursue life-long dreams, but planned to only do so once a successor was found. On December 1, 2017, Jens Nilsson was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, becoming the third General Manager of d&b audiotechnik, working alongside Chief Executive Officer, Amnon Harman; and Chief Operations Officer, Markus Strohmeier.

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Members of the Livella Brand Group, Adam Livella in the center
Members of the Livella Brand Group, Adam Livella in the center

Livella Brand Group to Represent ADJ Lighting in the Midwest Region

Michael Eddy

ADJ Lighting announces that the Livella Brand Group will be providing sales support for the ADJ product range (ADJ Lighting, American Audio, and Accu-Cable brands) to new and existing customers throughout the Midwestern region of the United States. This appointment will strengthen ADJ’s market presence in the area while further enhancing the service and support offered to ADJ customers.

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David Weiss, Professor Emeritus at The University of Virginia
David Weiss, Professor Emeritus at The University of Virginia

In Memoriam: David Weiss, Theater Educator and Consultant

Michael Eddy

Theater educator and theater consultant, David Weiss has died at the age of 89 on December 18, 2017. Weiss was Professor Emeritus at the University of of Virginia where he was a professor and taught in the Drama Department for 37 years. During those years he served as department chair for a total of 16 years. His field of expertise was scenery and lighting design, but over the years Weiss also taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and acting. He designed and/or directed more than 200 productions at UVA.

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Some of the Bandit Angels at work
Some of the Bandit Angels at work

Bandit Lites Spreads Holiday Cheer with Angel Tree Program

Michael Eddy

Falling on hard times affects the holiday season for far too many families. Working with both the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program and Knoxville’s Angel Tree, Bandit Lites sought to again provide some holiday cheer to the local community. Bandit has provided the local communities with Angel Tree assistance for many years.

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A scene from Network at the National Theatre in London. Images Courtesy of Jan Versweyveld
A scene from Network at the National Theatre in London. Images Courtesy of Jan Versweyveld

Riedel Products Play Key Onstage Roles at the National Theatre in London

Michael Eddy

Riedel Communications' MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero are playing major behind-the-scenes technical roles at the National Theatre in London, and Riedel is looking forward to revealing that story in early 2018. But, as the year starts to wind down, the company announces that the National is using the same Riedel products as stage props in its highly anticipated stage adaptation of the 1976 television news satire Network

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The ASTC and USITT Venue Renovation Challenge will be held at the USITT Conference in March, 2019, in Louisville, KY
The ASTC and USITT Venue Renovation Challenge will be held at the USITT Conference in March, 2019, in Louisville, KY

ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2019

Michael Eddy

ASTC and USITT are pleased to announce the fifth collaborative project between university students and ASTC member theatre consultants. Projects will be presented at the USITT 2019 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – March 20-23, 2019. By working together with a professional theatre consultant as a mentor, students will learn more about how venues are designed or renovated. Additionally, students will see performance spaces differently and therefore will be exposed to other available career paths within the entertainment industry. Teams may consist of undergraduate or graduate theatre students and should be under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

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The American Theatre Wing announces the 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees
The American Theatre Wing announces the 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees

The 2017 Henry Hewes Design Awards Honorees

Michael Eddy

The American Theatre Wing announced that five theater artists will be honored by the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee during the presentation of its 2017 Awards in a luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Honors for the 2017 awards were earned by artists working on, off and off-off Broadway. Stage Directions sends its congratulations to all of the honorees and the nominees. This years' theater artists that are being recognized are ...

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The LASALLE team (L to R) against a backdrop of RJ Dalis 860 Cyclorama lighting: Herman; Senior Technical Officer, Sayuthi Bin Jasmin; Zahidi; LD and LASALLE alumnus, Adrian Tan; Senior Technical Officer, Patrick Wong.
The LASALLE team (L to R) against a backdrop of RJ Dalis 860 Cyclorama lighting: Herman; Senior Technical Officer, Sayuthi Bin Jasmin; Zahidi; LD and LASALLE alumnus, Adrian Tan; Senior Technical Officer, Patrick Wong.

Robert Juliat Dalis for LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Michael Eddy

Founded in 1984, the award-winning LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is an example of modernity and creativity dedicated to providing its students with top class education in contemporary arts and design. It moved its main campus in 2007 where its many new facilities included the 480-seat Singapore Airlines (SIA) Theatre and several studio and rehearsal spaces. Ten years later, it was time to update some of the SIA Theatre’s original lighting inventory, and Senior Technical Officers, Patrick Wong and Sayuthi Bin Jasmin, were happy to take delivery of 10 Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclorama LED battens this summer to replace their 10-year old conventional cyclorama and groundrow lighting.

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WHOCO Lighting & Controls
WHOCO Lighting & Controls

WHOCO Lighting and Controls is Moving

Michael Eddy

Lighting representative, WHOCO Lighting and Controls is relocating their offices, but the company’s phone and fax numbers will stay the same. They do ask for patience as they dedicate Tuesday and Wednesday, December 19 & 20 to moving and getting settled into their new space. They will be monitoring calls and email, but please be advised that their response time will be slower than normal during the move.

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