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Groundbreaking on the Writers Theatre Theatre Center near Chicago will take place this October, with a scheduled opening in early 2016. The Writers Theatre has raised $25 million of their $31 million goal for the center, and have hired contractor W.E. O’Neil to head the project. Studio Gang Architects are the architects on the project, with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander working as theatre consultant.

Read more: Writers Theatre to Break Ground on New Theatre Center

Changing Roles

The new members of the DPA team: Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero, with Shan Siebert, already with DPA and promoted to general manager. Left to right: Christopher Spahr, Leonardo Romero, Shan Siebert, Pedro Rocha
The new members of the DPA team: Christopher Spahr, Pedro Rocha and Leonardo Romero, with Shan Siebert, already with DPA and promoted to general manager. Left to right: Christopher Spahr, Leonardo Romero, Shan Siebert, Pedro Rocha
The U.S. branch of DPA Microphones has added three new area sales managers to its team. Christopher Spahr will handle the Eastern U.S, Pedro Rocha the Western U.S. and Leonardo Romero will cover the Southern U.S. and Latin America. The company has also promoted Shan Siebert to General Manager of the Longmont, Colorado-based office.

Read more: DPA Microphones Expands Sales Force

Industry News

RC4 Series 3 Wireless Dimming is a remarkably versatile tool.
RC4 Series 3 Wireless Dimming is a remarkably versatile tool.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts expanded their wireless DMX system with the RC4Magic Series 3 Wireless DMX and Dimming System. Spurred on by a new design for an upcoming production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, the Denver Center chose the new RC4Magic Series 3 because they knew the gear was reliable thanks to their long use of RC4 Wireless products, the cross-talk prevention systems in the System and the new features in the Series 3, including the Flkr Effects Engine, Hue/Saturation/Level Engine, and DMX in and out ports, all of which “really added a new level of versatility to an already versatile piece of equipment,” according to Charles MacLeod, lighting director for the DCPA.

Read more: Denver Center for the Performing Arts Chooses RC4 Wireless Magic System

Industry News

One of the ETC Gio lighting consoles that controlled the lighting for The Royal Ballet’s production of Don Quixote at the Shanghai Grad.
One of the ETC Gio lighting consoles that controlled the lighting for The Royal Ballet’s production of Don Quixote at the Shanghai Grad.
The Royal Ballet from London recently performed Don Quixote at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Simon Bennison, lighting manager for the Ballet used ETC Source Four Lustr+ fixtures to recreate Hugh Vanstone’s lighting design for the piece, which featured some “exacting” looks. The adapted rig used 68 of the Lustr+ fixtures, which were controlled by two linked ETC Gio consoles. Hangzhou YiDaShi, an official ETC dealer provided the fixtures.

Read more: ETC Lustr+ Helps Don Quixote Slay Scroller Giants

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Full Compass Systems lent time and support to Opera in the Park. Photo Credit: James Gill Photography
Full Compass Systems lent time and support to Opera in the Park. Photo Credit: James Gill Photography
Full Compass Systems supported the 13th Annual Opera in the Park production by donating their time to set up and run equipment for the event. Volunteers included Full Compass founder and CEO, Jonathan Lipp, who “provided his expertise” at the FOH mixing console.

Read more: Full Compass Systems Continues Support of Opera in the Park

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The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Professional Programs branch, which offers graduate level, non-degree certificate programs focused on the entertainment industry, will host a five-week course teaching the fundamentals of producing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. The course, “Producing Theater Now,” will be taught by five-time Tony award nominee and theatrical producer Susan Dietz (Fela!, The Little Dog Laughed, Mothers and Sons) and others. Classes in the five-week course will begin on Mon., Feb. 2, 2015 and cover every aspect of producing.

Read more: UCLA and Susan Dietz Team Up for Theatre Producing Class

Industry News

The center array in the renovated Clowes Memorial Hall is comprised of 14 L-Acoustics KARAi enclosures
The center array in the renovated Clowes Memorial Hall is comprised of 14 L-Acoustics KARAi enclosures
Butler University recently completed a $2 million renovation to Clowes Memorial Hall to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In addition to the roof, walls, seating and more, the renovation also updated the hall’s audio enhancement system. Spearheaded by David Wright of Wright Consulting Associates, Inc., the audio renovations included a full software model for electro-acoustics, reflective clouds hung about the proscenium, more than 22,000 perforations hand-drilled into the auditorium's rear wall to create a sophisticated acoustically tuned absorption system—and more. Finally, Wright called upon Mid-America Sound to install an L-Acoutsics KARAi house sound system.

Read more: L-Acoustics Adds to Audio for Clowes Hall Renovation

Changing Roles

Jeff deRecat is the new west coast manager for Lex Products
Jeff deRecat is the new west coast manager for Lex Products
Jeff deRecat is the new Western United States Sales Territory Manager for Lex Products. Before joining Lex deRecat spent the previous 16 years with Marinco/Advanced Devices, a manufacturer of entertainment and industrial wiring devices and CAM connectors.

Read more: Jeff deRecat New West Coast Manager at Lex Products

Changing Roles

Matt Bassett is the new associate artistic director at Hub Theatre
Matt Bassett is the new associate artistic director at Hub Theatre
Matt Bassett is the new associate artistic director at the Hub Theatre. Bassett has been a company member at the hub since 2011, and recently worked as casting associate at the Hub. Bassett has appeared on stages throughout the metro Washington, D.C. area and serves as Theatre Chair for Metropolitan School of the Arts and on the faculties of Montgomery College, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Imagination Stage. Matt is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and is currently serving as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards.

Read more: Matt Bassett Named New Associate Artistic Director at Hub Theatre

Theatre Buzz

Chicago’s Stage Left Theatre named Beth Kander and Gabriel Jason Dean as their 2014-2015 Downstage Left Playwright Residencies. The residencies will let the playwrights work with directors and members of the literary team at Stage Left Theatre to take a script from concept to production-ready status. Kander will work on The Bottle Tree while Dean will work on Heartland.

Read more: Stage Left Theatre Names 2014-2015 Downstage Left Residency Winners

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