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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

Theatre Buzz

SDC Journal will soon feature peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book reviews
SDC Journal will soon feature peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book reviews
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the Directing Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) to present peer-reviewed articles in SDC Journal, the official publication of SDC. The new section of SDC Journal will publish scholarly articles and book reviews on the crafts of stage direction and choreography beginning in the Summer 2015 issue. The peer-reviewed section will be co-edited by Anne Fliotsos, PhD, Professor of Theatre at Purdue University, and Ann M. Shanahan, MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago. SDC Journal will publish one academic essay and one book review per issue. Submissions are now being accepted; the deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014, though early submissions are encouraged.

Read more: SDC Issues Call Seeking Articles for Peer-Reviewed Section of SDC Journal

Theatre Buzz

Construction is already underway for the new Strand Theater for A.C.T. in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood.
Construction is already underway for the new Strand Theater for A.C.T. in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood.
The American Conservatory Theater entered the public phase of their fundraising efforts for their new Strand Theater in San Francisco. The public phase will include a seat campaign, which allows patrons to become a permanent part of The Strand Theater by purchasing one of the brand-new seats in the theater. Names will be engraved on a metal plate and displayed on each seat. Additional naming opportunities – including purchasing one of the 126 screen tiles that will make up the 27.5’ x 17.5’ LED screen located in the lobby of the theater – are available. The theater has raised $28.9 million (87%) of the projected $33.3 million renovation. Tax initiatives, including the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and Historic Tax Credit (HTC) financing, are making the building’s renovation financially feasible as it represents one-third of the renovation costs. After it opens in spring 2015, the Strand Theater at 1127 Market Street will include a 285-seat theater, a 120-seat black box theater and café. The operations of the theater will create 30 new permanent jobs. The theatre was designed by Michael Duncan and architects from SOM.

Read more: A.C.T. Enters Public Phase of Capital Campaign for Strand Theater

Industry News

Enoch (Wes) Calkin of the University of Cincinnati won for his design for re-telling Broadway’s “Carrie” as a more intimate and intelligent tragedy
Enoch (Wes) Calkin of the University of Cincinnati won for his design for re-telling Broadway’s “Carrie” as a more intimate and intelligent tragedy
Nemetschek Vectorworks named the 15 winners of the 2014 Vectorworks Design Scholarship. The students will receive $3,000 USD to support their studies in any design major at the accredited college or university of their choice, and their schools will each get Vectorworks software licenses and training. University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture student Diego Bermudez was selected as having the top overall entry and received the Richard Diehl Award and an additional $7,000 USD. Representing the performing arts, Enoch (Wes) Calkin of the University of Cincinnati won for his design for re-telling Broadway’s “Carrie” as a more intimate and intelligent tragedy; Paul Dembeck, of the Beuth Hochschule in Berlin, Germany, won for a stage design that discreetly combined light and video to maintain focus on the artist; and Wu Xin Jing, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China, who abandoned traditional concert effects for dramatic lighting. Nearly 1,000 students from 56 countries submitted entries.

Read more: Vectorworks Announces 2014 Vectorworks Design Scholarship Winners

SD University

Norcostco and USITT partnered for the workshop which takes place Sept. 20
Norcostco and USITT partnered for the workshop which takes place Sept. 20
USITT will offer a half-day workshop teaching airbrush makeup techniques and special effects like cuts and bruises on Sept. 20 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Norcostco Makeup Manager Kelsey Kruse will teach the class in the morning and afternoon to increase availability. The class is part of USITT Presents, a training series offering low-cost continuing education opportunities year-round and nationwide. More details from USITT after the jump.

Read more: USITT Offers Airbrush Makeup Workshop at Texas Tech

Industry News

The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas High Chair Initiative is a way to help fund students at the SILV
The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas High Chair Initiative is a way to help fund students at the SILV
The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is a summer program that offers intensive training program for students from around the world to meet, learn from, and network with leading experts in live entertainment. The High Chair Initiative is a fundraising campaign that will support the 2015 SILV courses and give sponsors exposure to all the students and professionals at the training sessions as well as recruitment events at major trade shows. Sponsoring companies will have their logo printed on a chair that will be used at the SILV training events and trade shows. Different levels of support will results in larger logo sizes.

Read more: Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Launches 2015 High Chair Initiative

Industry News

The Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer in the booth at the Taiwan University Auditorium
The Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer in the booth at the Taiwan University Auditorium
The National Taiwan Normal University chose an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer for the FOH system in their main auditorium. The GLD-80 is fitted with a Dante card to use with playback and recording software as well as provide multi-track recording capabilities. Hsiao Chia-Hsing, sales manager at Seapower Technologies, which provided the GLD-80, chose the mixer because system’s integrated digital dSNAKE made installation in the historic building simple, and its compact and sleek design offered a small footprint.

Read more: Taiwan University Installs Allen & Heath GLD-80 Digital Mixer

Changing Roles

Tony Flammia, new commercial channel manager at PreSonus
Tony Flammia, new commercial channel manager at PreSonus
Tony Flammia will be the new commercial channel manager at PreSonus. Flammia will work closely with PreSonus/WorxAudio Loudspeaker Division Managing Director Hugh Sarvis on new loudspeaker systems that integrate AVB (Audio Video Bridging) and Dante digital audio networking technologies. In addition, he will train systems integrators to install and use these systems. Flammia has extensive experience as a systems integrator, most recently at the company he founded, Creative Sound Solutions of Cape Coral, Florida.

Read more: Tony Flammia Named Commerical Channel Manager at PreSonus

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