Rosco Laboratories Presents Annual Donation to The Hemsley Lighting Programs

by Stage Directions
Chad Tiller of Rosco with LD Mark Stanley of the Hemsley Lighting Program
Chad Tiller of Rosco with LD Mark Stanley of the Hemsley Lighting Program

On Sunday night, March31st, Rosco Laboratories presented its 14th annual check to The Hemsley Lighting Programs, Inc. in New York City at the The Hemsley Lighting Programs’ 15th Annual Lighting Portfolio Review. Presented by Rosco’s Director of Sales for North America, Chad Tiller, the check represents proceeds from Roscolux #361 Hemsley Blue and brings Rosco’s total donation to over $40,000.

“It’s extremely important to us to support our growing industry and its rising professionals,” stated Rosco’s CEO Mark Engel. “The Hemsley Lighting Programs give students the opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of the lighting design process and it’s our pleasure to not only honor the legacy of Gilbert Hemsley, but to partner with a program that inspires and educates the future of our field.”

Here are the remarks by Chad Tiller, Director of Sales-North America at the presentation of this year's check.

“I’m honored to be here today representing Rosco Laboratories at the 15th annual Hemsley Lighting Program Portfolio Review. I’ve often said that this is my favorite event of the year—as the lighting community of New York gathers together to celebrate the next generation of designers. And I am pleased that Rosco has such a long history of connection with both Gilbert Hemsley, and these Lighting Programs. Roscolux 361, designed by Mark Stanley in Gilbert’s honor, remains a standing memorial to his spirit and the joy that to this day radiates from those who knew him.”

“Rosco’s Chairman, Mr. Stan Miller recently sent company-wide letter—a recognition to (in his words), “an industry success story and Rosco friend,” Mr. Fred Foster. Of course, Mr. Miller’s tribute cited the nurturing relationship that existed between Fred and Gilbert. His closing remarks in that letter read: ‘Fred remained the most unpretentious, friendly, charitable man… truly unchanged from the lighting student I had met in the 70s at the Compass Theatre at the University of Wisconsin.’”

“While I never had the personal pleasure of knowing Gilbert, I’ve met several people who were nurtured by him: Fred and Mark, among several others. They all seem to remain unpretentious, friendly, charitable individuals, and I think that must have something to do with the nurturing mentorship of Gilbert Hemsley.”

“We live and work in a collaborative industry. We rely on the support of our other colleagues to create a compelling vision, tell a remarkable story, and embody the world of the stage with vibrance and life. Spurred by that spirit of collaboration, Rosco is pleased to donate the proceeds of Roscolux 361 to the Hemsley Lighting Programs. We’ve been donating since 2006, and this year’s donation of $2261 brings our cumulative donation over the years to $40,368.

Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to create something brilliant together!”

Gilbert Hemsley was a respected artisan who designed lighting for numerous high profile performance groups around the country. To continue his legacy of educating students, The Hemsley Lighting Programs were created to offer master classes, portfolio reviews, and a nine-month internship with professional lighting designers at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, and New York City Ballet. Roscolux #361 Hemsley Blue was designed to the specifications of lighting designer Mark Stanley, who worked with Rosco to design a blue that he and Gil used to use with incandescent conventionals but updated the color for use with modern ellipsoidals.

Further information from The Hemsley Lighting Programs: www.hemsleylightingprograms.com 
Further information from Rosco: www.rosco.com