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Samuel D. Hunter and Alison Bechdel received 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grants
Samuel D. Hunter and Alison Bechdel received 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grants
The MacArthur Foundation today announced 21 MacArthur Fellows for 2014, and included in the list were playwright Samuel D. Hunter and graphic artist/novelist Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) was the basis for the musical Fun Home, which after a lauded Off-Broadway run last fall is headed to Broadway. Hunter is the author of several plays, including The Whale which tells the story of Charlie, an expository writing instructor who has been driven by grief to a state of morbid obesity. Each will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 with no stipulations or reporting requirements, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.

Read more: Samuel D. Hunter and Alison Bechdel Among the 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant Recipients

Industry News

Jeff Berryman, the OCA Alliance’s technical workgroup chair
Jeff Berryman, the OCA Alliance’s technical workgroup chair
The AES and the OCA Alliance have partnered with the intention of making the alliance’s proposed Open Control Architecture as an AES public standard. OCA defines communications protocols for reliable and secure control and monitoring of AV device networks of 2 to 10,000 nodes. AES project “AES-X210” is currently working to render OCA into a ratified AES standard. At the convention alliance members will be participating in panel discussions to increase the understanding of the benefits and impact of the upcoming AES standard for manufacturers, designers, specifiers and end-users.

Read more: AES and OCA Alliance Work Towards Media Control Standard

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J.R. Clancy was a founding partner of USITT on the Rigging Safety Initiative
J.R. Clancy was a founding partner of USITT on the Rigging Safety Initiative
The next deadline to apply for USITT’s Rigging Safety Initative is Oct. 15. The Rigging Safety Initiative supplies free rigging inspections to public or private schools with an active theatre, drama or music program and a counterweight, dead hung, or motorized stage rigging system. Schools can save thousands of dollars and prevent potential rigging accidents by participating in the Rigging Safety Initiative. Besides founding sponsor J.R. Clancy, supporters include ETC, H&H Specialties, Shepard Exposition Services, and many individual donors.

Read more: USITT Rigging Safety Initiative Deadline Oct. 15

Changing Roles

Signature Theatre named Joe Calarco its inaugural Resident Director/Director of New Works
Signature Theatre named Joe Calarco its inaugural Resident Director/Director of New Works
Joe Calarco is the new Resident Director/Director of New Works at Signature Theatre in Virginia. In the new position Calarco will continue to strengthen Signature’s commitment to new work by shepherding the development of new musicals and plays and actively seeking the work of original and diverse voices. Calarco will also direct 1-2 shows per season and will continue his work with Signature in The Schools, Signature’s flagship education program.

Read more: Joe Calarco Named Resident Director/Director of New Works at Signature Theatre

Industry News

SHS Global, distributors of new and used lighting, video and audio equipment, opened a new world headquarters Sept. 1. The new location, on the backlot of Austin Film Studios, will offer product training, a hands-on product experience and a design space for professionals to see their ideas come to life. In line with their new focus, SHS Global revamped and relaunched their website.

Read more: SHS Global Opens New World HQ in Austin

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The “1 on 1 with Vari-Lite” contest is open for entries until Oct. 17
The “1 on 1 with Vari-Lite” contest is open for entries until Oct. 17
Philips Vari-Lite has launched a new contest that challenges lighting designers to do their best work—with only one Vari-Lite luminaire. The “1 on 1 with Vari-Lite” contest asks lighting designers to produce a one minute video using one Vari-Lite luminaire as the main subject matter. Videos should be no longer than 90 seconds, and will be judged based on overall video creativity. Videos that contain content that is “inappropriate for public viewing of all ages” will not be considered for prizes, which include a paid trip to LDI or Prolight + Sound, GoPro Cameras and Vari-Lite SWAG packs. Deadline for entry is Oct. 17, 2014.

Read more: Philips Vari-Lite Announces the ‘1 on 1 with Vari-Lite’ Video Contest

Changing Roles

Elaine Calder, executive director of the Shaw Festival, will retire near the end of the 2015 season. Calder originally served as the ED of the Shaw Festival from 1990-1994, and then rejoined the Festival in 2012 in the same position. In the interim she managed several arts orgs in Canada and the U.S. After she leaves the Fest she plans to move to Victoria, B.C. to be closer to her family. Calder will help the intensive search process to find her replacement.

Read more: Elaine Calder to Retire from Shaw Festival after 2015 Season

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A moment from La Traviata at the Masada Opera Festival, with Martin Professional fixtures lighting the stage and the mountain.
A moment from La Traviata at the Masada Opera Festival, with Martin Professional fixtures lighting the stage and the mountain.
Lighting designer Bogumil Palewicz used Martin Professional fixtures to light the outdoor set (and mountain!) for La Traviata at the Masada Opera Festival at the foot of Mt. Masada in Israel. Palewicz used Martin’s MAC Aura LED Wash lights to create a bulb effect for the stage, designed to look like Paris rising out of the desert sand, and used Martin’s MAC Quantum Wash fixture for white light washes. The stage design also featured Martin’s MAC III Performance, MAC Viper Profile, MAC Viper Performance, and MAC Viper Beam moving head lights. Palewicz also used Martin fixtures to light Mount Masada as a backdrop for the production’s set designs and integrate the mountain background seamlessly with a video wall on stage. In order to effectively extend the stage with the mountain, he utilized Martin’s MAC III AirFX fixtures to light a section of the mountain 1,200 meters wide by 500 meters tall.

Read more: Martin Professional Fixtures Light Stage—and Mountain—for La Traviata

Theatre Buzz

TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative will present the fourth autism-friendly performance of The Lion King on Sept. 28. This performance sold out in days and, along with the other productions TDF has presented with autism-friendly environments and staging helps open up the world of live theatre to this community, which until now had found it difficult to impossible to attend live theatre. In a statement, TDF noted that the demand for these performances shows “the need for access for this underserved community.”

Read more: TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative Presents Fourth Sold Out Lion King Performance

Changing Roles

Bo Wendemo will start as R&D Engineer at Wireless Solution Sweden immediately
Bo Wendemo will start as R&D Engineer at Wireless Solution Sweden immediately
Bo Wendemo is a new R&D engineer at Wireless Solution Sweden. Wendemo has 25 years of experience with wireless technology and spent the last 10 years at Nokia Denmark as RF Senior Engineer, which included 18 months as international assignee project leader in China, helping to build up and train the new RF team in Beijing.

Read more: Bo Wendemo New R&D Engineer at Wireless Solution Sweden

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