A group shot of all of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Award winners
A group shot of all of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Award winners

Knight of Illumination Awards 2018, Theatre Awards

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Here are the winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards in theatre, which celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working in Theatre, Television and Concert Touring & Events. This, the eleventh Knight of Illumination Awards, saw more nominations than ever before, with the winners in each category chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, all experts in their respective sectors.

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Johanna Pfaelzer, the new Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep
Johanna Pfaelzer, the new Artistic Director at Berkeley Rep

Johanna Pfaelzer Named New Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Michael Eddy

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and their Board of Trustees announced that Johanna Pfaelzer will become the new artistic director of the award-winning theatre company. The appointment comes following Tony Taccone’s previously announced departure in January 2017. Here's a video introduction to Pfaelzer: {youtube}v=lt0Np-m3GVc{/youtube}

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Switchboard at the prompter's corner
Switchboard at the prompter's corner

Historical SM Calling Technology: Telephone Switchboards

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Over the course of 75 years, as cueing technology was continuously updated, it drastically altered how a show was called and how the audience perceived the performance. As noted in my article on bells and whistles, the prompter performed an aural role in the production, one that was noticed and acknowledged by audience members. With the invention of the speaking tube, and cue lights, the prompter’s role became increasingly quieter and more remote, gradually disappearing from the audience’s experience. Once electricity was installed in theaters, the telephone system followed shortly behind.

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One Knot at a Time: Building Hair with a Purpose at UNCSA Wig & Makeup Program

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UNCSA Professor Christal Schanes had the idea of combining teaching wig building with a cause. See how that idea enters its third year as a class with a heart as part of the UNCSA Wig and Makeup Program and see Schanes support and offer guidance to Wig and Makeup student Gnoli Raynor as she prepares a custom wig for a patient at Novant Health's Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OSF on PBS NewsHour

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Recently the PBS NewsHour featured a report from Jeffrey Brown looking at how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has sparked a wave of creative and economic growth in rural Ashland, Oregon. One of the country’s most important regional theater companies, OSF is acclaimed for provocative show content, community engagement and unusually diverse casting.
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