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  • Virtual Showlight 2021 – Call for Speakers

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 17, 2021Following the recent announcement of Virtual Showlight 2021 which will take place online on May 25, 2021, Showlight is renewing its Call for Papers from speakers keen to be a part of this inaugural event. Showlight has always centered on its fascinating program of papers, delivered by lighting practitioners from around the world. Determined to […] Read More...
  • UNCSA School of Design and Production Launches Graduate Program in Animatronics

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 17, 2021The nationally recognized School of Design and Production (D&P) will launch a groundbreaking new graduate program in animatronics for fall 2021, Dean Michael J. Kelley has announced. The three-year MFA program promotes out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving by exposing students to the processes needed to design, build and execute story-enhancing objects that encompass the frame, the […] Read More...
  • Roy Bickel to Receive 2021 ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 17, 2021Roy Bickel will receive the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award on April 6, 2021, at the virtual New World Rigging Symposium. The ESTA Board of Directors and Technical Standards Council created this award in 2017 to recognize individuals whose technical contributions have had a significant impact on our industry. The criteria include significant and sustained […] Read More...
  • Group One Limited Names Wiklander and Associates New Midwestern Rep

    Michael Eddy | Industry News | February 16, 2021Group One Limited, the Farmingdale, NY-based US distributor for a number of top professional audio and lighting brands, has tapped Wiklander and Associates to serve as its latest independent manufacturers representative for DiGiCo, KLANG, XTA and MC2. Group One Executive Vice President of Audio Matt Larson made the official announcement. Read More...
  • Robe | A Tribute to Marco Bartolini

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 16, 2021The Robe Family is heartbroken to announce the death of Marco Bartolini, a hugely popular and well-known industry face in Italy and internationally, who passed away on February 10, 2021 following a short battle with cancer. Read More...
  • $9M Gift Establishes New Institute for Performance and Technology in the Arts at the University of Maryland

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 15, 2021The University of Maryland (UMD) announced a $9 million gift to its School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) to boldly reimagine the future of education in the performing arts. Mathematics Professor Emeritus Michael Brin and his wife Eugenia and the Brin Family Foundation are establishing the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, which […] Read More...
  • Riedel Academy | Online Training Courses for February & March 2021

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 15, 2021Riedel North America is offering Riedel Academy seminars, which are hands-on, interactive training courses designed to empower you – the user – to make the most of your system. Until further notice Riedel Tuesday will be carried out remotely online. Riedel is still offering these training courses free of charge. Here are the dates for […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam, Paul Owen, Scenic Designer with Actors Theatre of Louisville, 85

    Michael S. Eddy | Industry News | February 14, 2021We were saddened to hear that Paul Owen, the longtime scenic designer with Actors Theatre of Louisville, died on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Palliative Care Unit at Baptist Health Louisville. He was 85. In 2008, Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL) honored him by naming a production studio in his honor, providing a 44,000-square-foot […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Rupert Neve, Audio Industry Icon, 94

    George Petersen Editor-in-Chief FOH Magazine | Industry News | February 14, 2021Rupert Neve, an innovator and business owner whose analog audio equipment designs have become an essential component in music recording, live sound production and home hi-fi systems, died on February 12, 2021 in Wimberley, Texas, due to non-COVID pneumonia and heart failure. He was 94. Neve’s impact on the audio industry can hardly be overstated. […] Read More...
  • S*P*A*Minar | Ask a Prop Manager Anything

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 13, 2021If you’ve ever had a question you wanted to ask a Prop Manager, here’s your chance. The Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M) is holding its first ever prop manager AMA on Sunday, February 21st at 8:00 p.m. EST. Panelists include: Lori Harrison, Prop Master, San Francisco Opera; Ben Hohman, Properties Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival; […] Read More...
  • USITT | 2021 Young Designers, Managers, and Technicians Award Winners

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 12, 2021USITT recently announced the 2021 Young Designers, Managers, and Technicians Award winners. Known throughout USITT and the theater community as the YDMT Awards, they bring recognition and support to young designers, managers, and technicians at the beginning of their careers. The YDMT awards are made possible by generous gifts to USITT from their sponsors. Stage […] Read More...
  • ESTA Announces the Technical Standards Program’s Above & Beyond Award Recipients

    Stage Directions | Industry News | February 12, 2021The Entertainment Services and Technology Association’s (ESTA’s) Technical Standards Program (TSP) announces the 2020 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards. The TSP exists because hundreds of individuals from across the industry volunteer their expertise and significant amounts of time to write and improve standards that increase safety, provide interoperability between different manufacturers, solve […] Read More...
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