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The winners of the 2016 Vilcek Prizes in arts and sciences
The winners of the 2016 Vilcek Prizes in arts and sciences

The Vilcek Foundation honors immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. This year’s prize drew from the realms of theatre and the biosciences. For theatre, Blanka Zizka receive the $100,000 Vilcek Prize in Theatre, honoring her “record of major achievement.” Three $50,000 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Theatre were awarded to Sarah Benson, Desdemona Chiang and Yi Zhao.

Read more: Vilcek Foundation Awards $250k in Prizes to Immigrant Theatre Artists

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Some architecture sessions at the 2016 USITT show will offer continuing education credits for architects.
Some architecture sessions at the 2016 USITT show will offer continuing education credits for architects.

Most of the architecture sessions at the 2016 USITT show—14 out of 16—will carry AIA Continuing Education credits that architects need to keep their licenses current.

Read more: USITT Offers AIA/CES for 2016 Architecture Sessions

Changing Roles
Felix Garcia (left) and Joe Sheppard have joined J.R. Clancy
Felix Garcia (left) and Joe Sheppard have joined J.R. Clancy

Felix Garcia joins J.R. Clancy as a controls engineer, designing, testing and troubleshooting circuits, processors and communications of installed equipment. Joe Sheppard joins Clancy as a systems project manager, returning to New York from George Mason University, where he served as technical supervisor for the Center of the Arts there.

Read more: J.R. Clancy Adds to Staff

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Showlight 2017 takes place May 20-23 in Florence, Italy.
Showlight 2017 takes place May 20-23 in Florence, Italy.

The Showlight Quadrennial, taking place in Florence in 2017 has issued a call for speakers, covering a broad range of subjects: from major international lighting events to innovative use of lighting in the village hall; from Broadway award winners to student practitioners.

Read more: Showlight 2017 Issues Call for Speakers

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A Wayne State University student interacts with school children as part of their “Performance Exchange” program.
A Wayne State University student interacts with school children as part of their “Performance Exchange” program.

Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance now offers a Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry. The program—which students can participate in as online only, or in hybrid format—will welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2016.

Read more: Wayne State Offers New MA in Teaching Artistry

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 A moment from Pine at Hampstead Theatre in London, with lighting design from Johanna Town
A moment from Pine at Hampstead Theatre in London, with lighting design from Johanna Town

Lighting designer Johanna Town chose Robe’s new DL4S profile fixtures for a new production of Pine at Hampstead Theatre in London. Town chose the Robe DL4S movind head profiles because she needed a fixture that could provide a number of different looks, but had a compact size and near-silent operation to fix in the small theatre.

Read more: Lighting Designer Pines with Robe DL4S Profiles

Changing Roles
Camala Letrick, new director of marketing at Masque Sound
Camala Letrick, new director of marketing at Masque Sound

Masque Sound hired Camala Letrick as director of marketing. Letrick, who joins Masque Sound after three-plus years as client relations manager & operations support at Life Juice, will be responsible for the development of a new branding and content marketing strategy, establishing Masque Sound as a trusted source of expertise, guidance and products to meet the audio needs of potential customers. She is also tasked with guiding the creation of Masque Sound’s new website.

Read more: Masque Sounds Hires Camala Letrick as Director of Marketing

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Francesco Adinolfi chose 18 Alpha Profile 800 STs from Clay Paky to light Roman Holiday.
Francesco Adinolfi chose 18 Alpha Profile 800 STs from Clay Paky to light Roman Holiday.

Lighting designer Francesco Adinolfi chose 18 Alpha Profile 800 STs, 10 Alpha Profile 1500 STs and several glow-up Strip 100 LED bars to light a revival of the musical Roman Holiday in Rome. Adinololfi chose the fixtures because his design of “deep cutting light, intense sunlight, and the pictorial compositions of cast shadows in a theatre suggested the use of modern Clay Paky Profile-series moving-head beam shapers, which are ideal for the most demanding set lighting needs.”

Read more: Clay Paky Lights Roman Holiday Revival

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USITT Rose Brand Scene Design Winner Mingshuo Zhao’s design for Battlecruiser Aristotle
USITT Rose Brand Scene Design Winner Mingshuo Zhao’s design for Battlecruiser Aristotle

USITT will celebrate 10 early career designers and technicians with its 2016 Young Designers & Technicians awards. The winners were chosen in 6 categories (costumes, scenic, technology, lighting, sound and stage management) and will each receive free registration to the USITT Conference as well as cash and prizes from each of the awards’ sponsors.

Read more: USITT Names Young Designers and Technicians Winners for 2016

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L-Acoustics Kiva/SB15m arrays flank the Brackett Theatre’s stage
L-Acoustics Kiva/SB15m arrays flank the Brackett Theatre’s stage

Oklahoma University renovated its Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center, including its 570-seat main theatre, the newly-renamed Elsie C. Brackett Theatre. OU is the only public university with a School of Musical Theatre, so to ensure they had great sound for all the performances, AVL project coordinator BOLD-Multimedia turned to Oklahoma City-based Skylark AV, which designed and installed an L-Acoustics Kiva loudspeaker system.

Read more: Oklahoma University Chooses L-Acoustics to Support Musical Theatre Program

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