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Two sessions have been added to the PLASA Rigging Conference taking place Oct. 6 at ExCel London. Lori Rubenstein will moderate the first session of the day, an overview of the evolution of the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICoPER) over the last 12 months. Additionally, Michael Anderson, group head of health and safety at Earls Court & Olympia Group, will lead a session looking into the revised Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and the impact they will have on the industry when they are launched in April 2015.

Read more: Sessions Added to Rigging Conference

Industry News

Auerback Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association award for their work on the theatre for Michael Jackson ONE, a moment of which is shown here. Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
Auerback Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association award for their work on the theatre for Michael Jackson ONE, a moment of which is shown here. Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement for their work on the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil Theatre in Las Vegas. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s work on the theatre included reconfiguring seating so audience members could better view dancers onstage as well as working closely with Cirque du Soleil to design the performance systems to support the production such as stage machinery (rigging and automation), theatrical lighting control and audio-video systems.

Read more: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander Wins TEA Award for Michael Jackson ONE

Theatre Buzz

The Oregon Community Foundation awarded Artists Rep Theatre in Portland a “Creative Heights” grant worth $125,000 to launch a new play development program. The New Play Development program is meant to “create opportunities for local and national playwrights, ensure that underrepresented voices are heard on stage and establish Artists Rep and Portland as an engine for new play development, nationally.” The two-year pilot program will commission eight new plays. Four of the eight commissions will go to writers of color, four will be women, one play will be written for young adults. One writer from Oregon will be awarded a special commission – The Oregon Play Prize – and a commitment to a full production of their play’s World Premiere in an Artists Rep season. Artists Rep will immediately hire a Director of New Play Development, a professional dramaturge, to manage the program and work with staff to create a submission and selection process.

Read more: Artists Rep Receives Grant to Begin New Play Development Program

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Stages St. Louis raised $94,500 for their education and artistic programs at their one-night gala fundraiser “Broadway Goes Country.” The event raised the money through a combination of ticket sales, auction, wine pull, raffle, and a generous presenting sponsorship from Lynne and Jim Turley.

Read more: Stages St. Louis Raises $94k At Annual Cabaret Event

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A moment from Thoroughly Modern Millie, at Floyd Central High School, the 2013 High School Theatre Honors Program Midwest winner
A moment from Thoroughly Modern Millie, at Floyd Central High School, the 2013 High School Theatre Honors Program Midwest winner
Organize the fanbase, start a social media campaign and try to go viral as the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program has begun! The annual celebration of the best high school theatre in America is now accepting nominations at www.bit.ly/sd2014tophs. Anyone can nominate a school, and a school can be nominated as many times as it has fans (one nomination per person).

Read more: Stage Directions 2014 High School Theatre Honors Program Now Accepting Nominations!

SD University

A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University have partnered to form the Festival Fellowship Program, providing SUU undergrads professional theatre experience via an internship program. Participating in the inaugural year are Henry Ballesteros, Madison Ford, Josh Hopkins, Amber James, Trevor Messenger, Kristy Dennett, Errin Gropp, Kristy Koslowski, Ryan Turpin, and Jacob Whitney.

Read more: 10 SUU Students Participate in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Inaugural Festival Fellowship Program

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Diahann Carroll will be honored with the 2014 Diversity Award on Sept. 21, 2014.
Diahann Carroll will be honored with the 2014 Diversity Award on Sept. 21, 2014.
The Pasadena Playhouse named Diahann Carroll their 2014 Diversity Award Honoree and will honor her at their Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising event on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Diahann Carroll has worked in TV, film and theatre her entire career. She received an Emmy nomination for her work on the critically-acclaimed television series, Julia, which debuted in 1968 and ran for three years.  It was one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. She made her Broadway debut starring in Harold Arlen and Truman Capote’s musical House of Flowers. Following this, she starred in the Broadway musical No Strings, for which she won a Tony Award. Pasadena Playhouse’s Theatrical Diversity Project has raised more than a million dollars since it started in 2005 and uses those to support Playhouse diversity initiatives.

Read more: Pasadena Playhouse Names Diahann Carroll 2014 Diversity Award Honoree

Industry News

The SSL Live consoles at FOH for the concert version of the musical Chess
The SSL Live consoles at FOH for the concert version of the musical Chess
The musical Chess never hit it big, but it remains a beloved piece, especially in the Nordic countries where the composers Benny Andersson and Bjørn Ulvaeus are from. Recently, the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir produced a concert version of the show to accompany the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament in Norway. The show used three SSL Live consoles, supplied by Bary Sales AS in Oslo. FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo  stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console.

Read more: SSL Live Consoles Mix Concert Version of Chess

Changing Roles

Jaison O’Connor, new sales manager for Barbizon’s Florida offices
Jaison O’Connor, new sales manager for Barbizon’s Florida offices
Barbizon Lighting Company named Jaison O’Connor as its new sales manager, leading the company’s Florida sales offices in Miramar and Orlando. O’Connor has more than 10 years experience in the entertainment industry, most recently as a rep at lighting and special effects manufacturer Hanson ProSystems.

Read more: Jaison O’Connor Named Sales Manager for Barbizon’s Florida Offices

Industry News

ETCP is waiving the test administration fee for groups of 10 or more from Oct. 15-Dec. 15. ETCP is rolling out new questions for its Entertainment Electrician exam, and in order to get enough statistical data to measure the new questions’ efficacy and properly grade the exam, they need as many people as possible to take the exam, hence the fee waiver, a $675 value. ETCP will send a proctor to organizations, but organizations wishing to participate must provide their own exam space.

Read more: ETCP Waives Administration Fee for Electrician Exam

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