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  • Brits Retract Fee Increase for Artist Visas

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 22, 2007 LONDON — Following an outcry from industry groups, the increased £200 fee for artists’ visas has been reduced by the Home Office to £99 for artists not requiring a work permit for U.K. entry, effective immediately. The higher fee, which had been in place since April 2007 had caused concern that the venues with international programs could be forced to cancel their events. The reversal is of particular benefit to artists arriving for permit-free festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which attracts a large contingent of international performers.  Read More...
  • Staging Concepts Introduces New Portable Folding/Rolling Stage

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 22, 2007 Staging Concepts Inc. has released the EZ Stage æ a new stage designed to be mobile, durable and compact that can be folded up and rolled into storage on its wheels by just one person. When folded, the portable EZ Stage can be placed in minimal storage space and retrieved and set up without any special tools. The platform can be unfolded from storage position to stage configuration through a series of linkages designed to transfer each half of the stage from casters to steel legs in two fluid movements.  Read More...
  • Elation Introduces Antari S-200 Snow Machine

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 21, 2007 The new Antari S-200 snow machine is designed to create a blizzard of snow with a whisper of sound. An upscale version of the popular Antari S-100 II snow machine, the S-200 takes the features of its predecessor to the next level, offering double the snow output along with a quieter operation. Read More...
  • New Tony Awards for Sound

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 20, 2007 NEW YORK — On June 19, the Tony Awards Administration Committee voted to add two new competitive categories for future Tony Awards ceremonies. The newly announced categories for which the upcoming 2007–2008 season’s productions will be eligible are Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical. This is the first time the Tonys have recognized sound design along with the other production elements in the competitive categories.  Read More...
  • Scott C. Parker Joins MFA/BFA Faculty at Johnny Carson School

    Stage Directions | Changing Roles | June 19, 2007 LINCOLN, NB —Scott C. Parker has joined ths MFA/BFA design Faculty of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film to teach lighting. Parker has 26 years of experience in the entertainment field, with credits ranging from Radio City Music Hall to Town Hall. Parker’s television work includes ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, TNN, CNBC, overseas television, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and Live with Regis Philbin.   Read More...
  • Broadway Producer Bob Boyett to Get First Option on London Productions

    Stage Directions | Theatre Buzz | June 18, 2007 NEW YORK & LONDON — Producer Bob Boyett, has negotiated a three-year deal with The Menier Chocolate Factory, a well-known London fringe venue, giving him the first rights to bring the company’s shows to Broadway and indicating that this was the beginning of an ongoing partnership. This arrangement is in addition to Boyett’s similar understanding with the National Theatre in Great Britain. The Menier Chocolate Factory is best known for presenting American shows, especially revivals such as Little Shop of Horrors. Read More...
  • Cal State Fullerton Sounds Great with EAW

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 15, 2007 FULLERTON, CA — The 800-seat Meng Concert Hall at the new Performing Arts Center at California State University, Fullerton, features a sound reinforcement system designed by Multi-Media Consulting Inc. (MMC) of Los Angeles, incorporating EAW AX Series loudspeakers and SB Series subwoofers. MMC Founding Principal Rick Wells took the lead role in the system design process for Meng Concert Hall, specifying three sets of dual EAW AX366 loudspeakers to provide full-range coverage throughout the room.  Read More...
  • Voices in Conflict a Hit in New York

    Stage Directions | Theatre Buzz | June 15, 2007 NEW YORK — Voices in Conflict, a high-school play based on interviews, letters and essays written by Iraqi civilians and American soldiers deployed in Iraq, has been playing this week in New York City at the Vineyard Theatre, the Culture Project, and finishing Friday evening, June 15, at The Public Theater.  Read More...
  • 28 Members of IATSE Local 873 in Toronto Awarded ETCP Rigging Certifications

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 14, 2007 TORONTO — The Entertainment Technician Certification Program Council is proud to announce that twenty-eight certifications were awarded June 14 to members of IATSE Local 873. On May 12, 2007, both the Arena and Theatre Rigging exams were administered at the union hall in Toronto. Of the twenty-eight certifications granted, eleven individuals hold both certifications.  Read More...
  • Lightronics Introduces Wireless Lighting in a Box

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 13, 2007Lightronics has introduced its new Wireless Lighting in a Box. Two packages are available. The first offers a Lightronics TL-5024DMX Wireless console and a new Lightronics XC-42 Wireless dimmer, along with the standard pieces (PARs, lamps, gels and stand).  The second package is a 4-channel add-on system, which also offers the standard pieces, along with […] Read More...
  • Northern Ireland Smoking Ban to Be Relaxed for Theatres

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 12, 2007BELFAST — Northern Ireland’s ban on smoking in the workplace is to be relaxed to accommodate theatrical productions. The newly elected Northern Ireland Assembly is expected to soon grant a dispensation to theatrical productions, film, television programs and other public performances through an amendment to the original smoking ban legislation, which came into effect April […] Read More...
  • Pacific Coast Entertainment Receives Prestigious Community Award

    Stage Directions | Industry News | June 11, 2007 Pacific Coast Entertainment received the 2007 Community Partnership Award from the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA). “PCE is always there for us,:” commented APA Creative Director Diane Makas. “No matter the time or day, they’re here when we need them.” PCE provides technical design and staging services for the Academy’s productions. “Supporting education and the arts is a priority for us,” says PCE Owner, John Koukios. Also, Pacific Coast Entertainment has moved: Read More...
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