Soren West
Soren West

Change At Atomic as CEO Soren West Departs

Stage Directions staff

LITITZ, PA – Atomic CEO, Soren West, is setting out on his own to pursue his passion of creating innovative live event concepts. Soren’s planned departure from ATOMIC, effective January 1st, comes after twenty-one years with the company. A new CEO will not be named at this time. Daniel McPhillips, President, will continue to oversee the operations of ATOMIC and the company will continue to deliver Production Services, Design, Set Construction and Rental Solutions to clients without interruption.

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Josh Maichele (left) and Jesse Stevens join L-Acoustics’ growing team
Josh Maichele (left) and Jesse Stevens join L-Acoustics’ growing team

L-Acoustics Hires North American Regional Applications Engineers

Jacob Coakley

MARCOUSSIS, France — L-Acoustics has appointed Josh Maichele and Jesse Stevens to serve as the manufacturer’s newest North American regional applications engineers. Serving both the install and rental markets, Maichele and Stevens are responsible for providing active technical support and expertise for L-Acoustics’ Certified Providers, end users and designers in the Midwest and Northeast regions of US and Canada, respectively. Add a comment

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Craig Slaight is retiring after 29 years as director to A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory
Craig Slaight is retiring after 29 years as director to A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory

Craig Slaight Retires from American Conservatory Theater

Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO—Craig Slaight, director of American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory will retire after 29 years at A.C.T. In 1988, Slaight assumed the leadership of the Young Conservatory. During his time at A.C.T., Slaight has taught in all of the Conservatory programs, served as a resident director on the mainstage and is a member of the senior team of the company.

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Po-Yang Sung recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin
Po-Yang Sung recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin

Po-Yang Sung Joins Available Light

Jacob Coakley

BOSTON — Available Light expanded their Boston studio by hiring Po-Yang Sung. Po-Yang is a Taiwanese native fresh from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his MFA in Lighting Design. In school, he lit a variety of performance styles ranging from drama to dance to musical comedy. Prior to joining Available Light, Po-Yang served as Resident Lighting Designer at Michigan’s Thunder Bay Theatre Company. 

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Paulette Haupt has led the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for 40 years
Paulette Haupt has led the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for 40 years

Paulette Haupt Steps Down as AD of Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference

Jacob Coakley

WATERFORD, CT— Paulette Haupt, founding Artistic Director of the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will step down following the 2017 season, after 40 years leading the program. The program began in 1978 after George C. White, founder of the O’Neill, invited Ms. Haupt to launch a new development program for musical theatre, in a similar mold to the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference. The O’Neill will launch a national search for the next Artistic Director of the National Music Theater Conference – one of the O’Neill’s six Artistic Directors – in the coming weeks.

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