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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation gave $2.43 million to 24 organizations to increase demand for the arts
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation gave $2.43 million to 24 organizations to increase demand for the arts

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation chose 24 pairs of artists and arts organizations as part of their “Building Demand for the Arts” initiative and granted them $2.43 million to drive public demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance.

Read more: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Awards $2.43M to Build Demand for the Arts

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The Broadway cast of On Your Feet, lit with Chauvet DJ Intimidator Beam LED 350 moving fixtures
The Broadway cast of On Your Feet, lit with Chauvet DJ Intimidator Beam LED 350 moving fixtures

Lighting Designer Ken Posner chose 59 Chauvet DJ Intimidator Beam LED 350 moving fixtures for the Broadway production of the Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine bio-musical On Your Feet. Posner chose the Chauvet fixtures because the Intimidator Beam LED 350 luminaires were able to “transform the space and transport us from the intimate family scenes of the Estefans’ home to full out concert sequences.”

Read more: Chauvet DJ Gets Called Up to Broadway for On Your Feet

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Sonny Sonnenfeld speaking at Stage Lighting Super Saturday
Sonny Sonnenfeld speaking at Stage Lighting Super Saturday

Sonny Sonnenfeld, legendary lighting salesman, educator and architectural lighting designer in his own right, died Wednesday, Feb. 10 at his home in New York City. He was 96 years old. During a storied career Sonnenfeld worked sales for Century Lighting (now Phillips/Strand), Colortran, ETC, Wybron and again at Philips/Strand. As an extension of his sales work in architectural lighting Sonnenfeld was one of the pioneers in the field of architectural lighting design, receiving Architectural Lighting Magazine’s Living Legend Award. He also created the Broadway Lighting Master Classes and Super Saturday Stage Seminar.

Read more: In Memoriam: Sonny Sonnenfeld, 1919-2016

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TDF’s gala will be held March 14.
TDF’s gala will be held March 14.

Theatre Development Fund’s 2016 gala will honor Disney Theatrical Productions and Thomas Schumacher, its president and producer. The program was chosen to celebrate Disney and Schumacher’s support of TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative and Accessibility for Young Audiences program.

Read more: TDF to Honor Disney Theatrical and Thomas Schumacher at Gala

Changing Roles
The new TPI Executive Team featuring (left to right): Gene Brian (Director Engineering/Operations); Seth Jackson (Production Designer), Elizabeth O’Keefe (Director Creative Services), and Michael O’Keefe (CEO).
The new TPI Executive Team featuring (left to right): Gene Brian (Director Engineering/Operations); Seth Jackson (Production Designer), Elizabeth O’Keefe (Director Creative Services), and Michael O’Keefe (CEO).

Seth Jackson joined Technical Productions, Inc., in St. Louis as a member of its executive creative team. Both sides praised the synergy of the deal, with TPI benefitting from Jackson’s design skills, while Jackson gains more design resources from TPI—and the ability to let the business folks handle the business details, leaving him more time to design.

Read more: Seth Jackson Joins TPI

Changing Roles
The new members of WRL’s ownership team (l-r): Jason T. Adolff, Thomas Gallagher, Matthew A. Janiak
The new members of WRL’s ownership team (l-r): Jason T. Adolff, Thomas Gallagher, Matthew A. Janiak

Westlake Reed Leskosky welcomed three employees as new members of its ownership team: Jason T. Adolff, AIA, LEED AP, Owner, Principal, Director of Washington DC Studio; Thomas Gallagher, AIA, Owner, Principal, Director of New York Studio; and Matthew A. Janiak, AIA, LEED AP Owner, Principal, Senior Project Director, Cleveland Studio.

Read more: Westlake Reed Leskosky Welcomes New Owners

Industry News
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House lighting grid is now controlled by more than 700 ETC dimmers.
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House lighting grid is now controlled by more than 700 ETC dimmers.

The Barbizon Light of the Rockies team replaced the “non-functioning” lighting control system at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver with an extensive ETC system consisting of more than 700 dimmers, two Eos Ti consoles and an RPU.

Read more: Ellie Caulkins Opera House Upgrades Dimming System with Extensive ETC Install

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(L-to-R) RCF National Sales Manager Tarik Solangi, Cowser Marketing’s John Fedorko, RCF USA President Roni Nevo
(L-to-R) RCF National Sales Manager Tarik Solangi, Cowser Marketing’s John Fedorko, RCF USA President Roni Nevo

John Fedorko was named RCF’s Rep of the Year during RCF’s annual rep breakfast at the 2016 NAMM show.

Read more: RCF Names Cowser Marketing Employee 2015 Rep of the Year

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ESTA’s volunteers award winners were nominated by their peers.
ESTA’s volunteers award winners were nominated by their peers.

ESTA’s Technical Standards Council awarded their third annual Above & Beyond Awards, recognizing outstanding Technical Standards Program volunteers from the Electrical Power Working Group, the Rigging Working Group and the Stage Lifts Working Group.

Read more: ESTA Honors Volunteers with Awards

Industry News
Eileen Curley designs scenery and handles other production responsibilities while teaching literature and drama at Marist College
Eileen Curley designs scenery and handles other production responsibilities while teaching literature and drama at Marist College

Eileen Curley is the new editor-in-chief of USITT’s Theatre Design & Technology, succeeding David Rodger. Curley holds a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College, and an MA and Ph.D. in theatre history, theory, and literature from Indiana University. She currently is an associate professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY., where she designs scenery and handles other production responsibilities while teaching literature and drama.

Read more: Eileen Curley New Editor at TD&T

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