Chichester Festival Theatre Invests in MDG
Chichester Festival Theatre Invests in MDG

Chichester Festival Theatre Invests in MDG

Kathy Eddy

CHICHESTER, ENGLAND—The UK’s Chichester Festival Theatre invested in two MDG ATMe haze generators and two MDG theFAN digital units, supplied by creative and technical solutions specialists, White Light. The two ATMe units are installed in Festival Theatre where they have been busy since day one. The 2016 season saw lighting designer Paule Constable employ them on the critically-acclaimed production of Half A Sixpence, while they were also used to great effect on the RSC double bill Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost lit by Oliver Fenwick, An Enemy of the People lit by Mark Henderson, and Ross lit by Paul Pyant – all of which featured haze heavily.

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Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director.  Photo by Bruce Plotkin Photography
Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. Photo by Bruce Plotkin Photography

Westport Country Playhouse Workshops Four Plays in New Works Initiatiive

Jacob Coakley

WESTPORT, CT—As part of its commitment to new plays and musicals, Westport Country Playhouse will develop four new plays this January and February as part of their New Works Initiative. The works are: The Vendler Television Playhouse by Susan Rice; Thousand Pines by Matthew Greene; The Biggest Valley by A. Zell Williams; and The Forgotten Woman, by Jonathan Tolins.  

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Ernie and Deena Harburg.  Photo courtesy of Yip Harburg Foundation.
Ernie and Deena Harburg. Photo courtesy of Yip Harburg Foundation.

Deena Rosenberg Harburg Takes Helm of Yip Harburg Foundation

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Ernie Harburg, son of the lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, stepped down as president of the Yip Harburg Foundation and was succeeded by Yip's daughter-in-law, Deena Rosenberg Harburg, formerly the foundation's Artistic Director.  Deena is Founder and Chairperson Emeritus of the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program and author of "Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin" and "The Music Makers." Add a comment

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The Drama League will offer five development initiatives for directors
The Drama League will offer five development initiatives for directors

Applications Open for the Drama League Directors Project 2017 Fellowships

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Applications are now available for the 2017 Directors Project Fellowships, the award-winning career development programs for emerging stage directors. In addition to its four signature fellowships, the Drama League is launching a new initiative, the Fellowship for Directing in Film and Television. Add a comment

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One team will win an all-expenses-paid Trip to USITT 2017
One team will win an all-expenses-paid Trip to USITT 2017

4Wall Repeats 10-Cue Contest

Jacob Coakley

LAS VEGAS—Because of an impressive response—both in number of contestants, and their experience at the show—4Wall is once again holding a lighting design competition. College students can submit a video of 10 lighting cues from a show they worked on this past season for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2017 USITT show in St. Louis! Add a comment

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Chad Shelton, shown here, was a San Diego State University alumnus
Chad Shelton, shown here, was a San Diego State University alumnus

San Diego State University Starts Scholarship to Honor Alum

Jacob Coakley

SAN DIEGO, CA­—In early October, Chad Shelton, an up and coming lighting designer was shot and killed during a violent robbery in Las Vegas. Shelton graduated from San Diego State University with an MFA in Lighting Design in May of last year and moved to Las Vegas in September to pursue his dreams of a career in entertainment lighting, starting with an internship at PRG. Three weeks later he was killed. Now, family, friends and faculty of SDSU are raising funds to start a scholarship in his honor. Add a comment

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The Video Roll-Out of TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project Includes Screening Events in Five Cities
The Video Roll-Out of TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project Includes Screening Events in Five Cities

TCG Launches Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, launched its new Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP). Working with MOPED, a video production company, and with support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG filmed a series of interviews chronicling the stories of founding leaders of theatres of color. An introductory Launch video featuring all nine leaders is now available on the TCG website, and the full online roll-out of videos will begin in January 2017.

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The Stella Adler Studio for Acting will use the grant to create scholarships.
The Stella Adler Studio for Acting will use the grant to create scholarships.

Stella Adler Studio Receives Grant from Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has been awarded $150,000 by the prestigious Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation to create the Bob Hope Scholars Program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. The funds will support the creation of scholarships for 50 students a year over the next three years to study with Adler Youth and Summer Shakespeare, two programs under the Studio’s Outreach Division. Add a comment

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Center Stage received the grant as part of the NEA’s Art Works program.
Center Stage received the grant as part of the NEA’s Art Works program.

Center Stage Receives $50,000 from NEA

Jacob Coakley

BALTIMORE—Center Stage received a Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $50,000 grant will support the world premiere of Jazz, a new play written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Toni Morrison. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Add a comment

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 ITheatrics will host their first Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento
ITheatrics will host their first Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento

ITheatrics Sets Festivals for Atlanta, Sacramento

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK –ITheatrics has confirmed top-level talent for its 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta,  happening January 13-15, 2017. The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta is the world’s largest festival for student-driven musical theatre programs. Following JTF Atlanta, iTheatrics and the Educational Theatre Association will debut the Junior Theater Festival West February 10-12, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

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