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Athol Fugard in South Africa. Photo by Paula Fourie
Athol Fugard in South Africa. Photo by Paula Fourie
South African playwright Athol Fugard won the Japan Art Association’s 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award. He is the first artist from the African continent to win the award. The Praemium Imperiale is an international prize for painting, sculpture, architecture, music and theatre/film, and comes with a 15 million yen (approximately $150,000). Presented annually by the Japan Art Association, it recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts in categories not covered by the Nobel Prize.

Read more: Athol Fugard Wins 2014 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award

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Peformance Network Theatre, which announced its immediate suspension of operations at the end of May, is returning to life “after a short reorganizational hiatus.” Part of that reorganization includes the naming of John Manfredi, a longtime actor, director and producer at PNT, to the position of executive director, with Suzi Regan taking over as artistic director. They will be leading a “much reduced” staff, which will now be comprised entirely of part-time employees, volunteers and interns. They will reveal more about their three-year plan to retire the theatre’s debt during two open houses on Sunday, July 27.

Read more: Performance Network Theatre Comes Back to Life

Industry News

A rendering of the H-E-B Performance Hall in San Antonio, which will use four Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots
A rendering of the H-E-B Performance Hall in San Antonio, which will use four Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots
San Antonio’s performing arts scene will get a little brighter this fall with the opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the H-E-B Performance Hall as well as the Alvarez Family Studio Theater will be brighter to, thanks to Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots. The four-level H-E-B Performance Hall installed four Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots, with a narrow beam angle for long throw distances while the black box Alvarez Family Studio Theater will use a pair of Buxie 575W MSD ultra-compact followspots, which deliver a powerful punch in a small package. The Robert Juliat followspots were obtained from the Texas Scenic Co. 

Read more: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses Robert Juliat Followspots

Industry News

The Pro Audio Stash ZK1 Tablet Stand
The Pro Audio Stash ZK1 Tablet Stand
Pro Audio Stash’s (PAS) new ZK1 tablet stand is designed to be a robust, lightweight high-quality solution for everyone using a tablet as a work surface, particularly sound engineers who regularly use tablets in their set ups. Its industrial strength construction (made from high-grade steel), holding properties and flexibility enable tablets to be used anytime, anyplace, anywhere. The ZK1 can accommodate any touch tablet device, folds from vertical to flat and is easy to adjust and ideal for expedient stowage and ultimate transportability. It can be set at multiple positions on the pivotal arc and optimised for use exactly as required.

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SD University

Shakespeare & Company will offer two professional development workshops for educators, teaching artists and youth program directors this August. Led by Shakespeare & Company’s director of education, Kevin G. Coleman, the programs will be a mixture of performative learning as well as discussions about how to help students engage with the material. The first course (Aug. 11-16) will focus on Hamlet, and the second (Aug. 18-23) will focus on Romeo & Juliet.

Read more: Shakespeare & Company Offers Two Professional Development Workshops

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A screenshot of the SSL Offline Setup application
A screenshot of the SSL Offline Setup application
Solid State Logic released its Offline Setup software for the SSL Live console as a free download. The SSL Offline Setup Application (SOLSA) allows users to create and edit Live console showfiles on a Mac or PC. Software settings that can be setup include fader tile layers and banks, stagebox and I/O routing, bus routing, VCA assignments and more. While SOLSA is intended to help engineers configure showfiles, it can also be used to learn how to operate a SSL Live console.

Read more: Solid State Logic Releases Free Offline Setup Application

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The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit is now available on the PLSN Bookshelf.
The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit is now available on the PLSN Bookshelf.
Focal Press has released The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit, by Anne E. McMills. The book covers everything assistant lighting designers need to know—whether they’re aiming to make a career out of being an ALD, or passing through on the way to becoming an LD in their own right. The book covers hard skills (prepping a show for tour and getting paperwork right) and the softer skills (interpersonal skills, restaurant tips) necessary to make a top-notch assistant lighting designer.

Read more: Focal Press Releases Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit

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A moment from Dead Heavy Fantastic at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
A moment from Dead Heavy Fantastic at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
For a production of Dead Heavy Fantastic at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, scenic designer Brenna Sellers needed to figure out how to fit 17 locations onstage. Sellars design incorporated seven fabric-covered panels, all on pivot points so that they could be reconfigured to define spaces. But Sellers also wanted the panels to be able to be: used as projection screens, paintable, transparent or opaque. To accomplish all that, Sellers chose Sheer Muslin CS fabric from Gerriets. The fabric held paint, but also kept scrim properties, allowing it to be opaque or transparent depending on lighting, allowing Sellars and the design team to create “a crazy world” that kept changing thanks to color and light.

Read more: Gerriets Sheer Muslin Helps Shapes Light and Space for Connecticut Rep

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A shot of one of the new line array systems in place at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
A shot of one of the new line array systems in place at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in British Columbia has installed a Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeaker system to reinforce its theatrical and music productions. The Mina system joins an existing Meyer Sound mono center cluster in the 750-seat theatre. The MINA loudspeaker arrays were specified and installed by James Dreyer of Kamloops, BC-based Dreyer Bros. Sound. Eric Pells, technical director for the venue, praised the speakers, saying “The clarity of MINA is excellent, and there’s very little difference now in levels from front to back. Even on shows when we have to mix from the booth in the back balcony, we still get a true representation of the sound.”

Read more: Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Chooses Meyer Sound Mina Line Array

SD University

The USITT Lighting Design Commission is searching for projects to use in the update to their Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium. Projects can range from concept papers to practical design projects and undergraduate to grad student in their difficulty. Deadline for submission of projects is October 15. USITT plans to offer the newly updated Compendium as a hard copy in a three-ring binder at the USITT Bookstore during Annual Convention & Stage Expos and as a print-on-demand/downloadable option throughout the year.

Read more: USITT Requests Projects for Teaching Lighting Design Compendium

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