A moment from the recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Art production of The Witch of Edmonton, lit with Robe fixtures. Photo by Linda Carter.
A moment from the recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Art production of The Witch of Edmonton, lit with Robe fixtures. Photo by Linda Carter.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London has taken delivery of a number of Robe moving light products thanks to the work of Josef Valchar, Robe s.r.o.’s CEO, Ashley Lewis, Robe UK’s Key Account Manager for Film, TV & Theatre and  Matt Prentice, Head of Lighting at RADA. The equipment includes DLS Profiles, DLF Washes and LEDWash600s, together with two of the new MMX Blades – all from Robe’s ROBIN series. The emphasis on LED technology will enable to students to train on the next generation of lighting equipment and will supply them with all the accessories necessary for lighting in theatre, including framing shutters and barn doors. The lights will be used across RADA’s three main performance spaces, the 200 seater Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, the George Bernard Shaw Theatre (GBS) and the John Gielgud Theatre, all in RADA’s central London buildings.

Read more: RADA Partners with Robe

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine received a grant from the Nicholas Endowment to fund as many as 20 need-based scholarships for this year’s Summer Education Programs in the Arts. The scholarships will allow Orange County area students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts and the Expressive Robotics Camp being held on campus this summer. The Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives for middle and high school students ages 13-18, with focused workshops in art, dance, drama and music. Expressive Robotics is focused on the development of robotic behaviors through programming and design. Attendees will design and build robots with a DIY approach using various materials and tools to complete their projects.

Read more: Nicholas Endowment Supports Scholarships for 2014 Summer Education Events at UC Irvine

The 2013 ETC Student Sponshorship cohort at the ETC booth during the 2013 LDI show
The 2013 ETC Student Sponshorship cohort at the ETC booth during the 2013 LDI show
ETC will once again sponsor six students for an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas. The students who are selected will be paired with a luminary in the lighting world who will offer them advice, guidance and support as they begin their industry career. Applicants must be a senior at a university level or attending graduate school at the time of the LDI tradeshow. Deadline is May 23.

Read more: ETC to Sponsor Six Students at 2014 LDI Tradeshow

The Inaugural Ben Vereen Awards will name the Best Actor and Actress of the Southwest region in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
The Inaugural Ben Vereen Awards will name the Best Actor and Actress of the Southwest region in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Ben Vereen will host the inaugural Ben Vereen Awards on June 14 at the Spreckels Theatre in Downtown San Diego. The awards will honor the best high school musical theatre in the San Diego area. Two high school students will be named Best Actor and Best Actress at the awards ceremony and will go on to compete at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy’s) in New York in June as representatives of the Southwest region, which includes San Diego and Tucson. The schools which will be competing are: Poway High School, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Canyon Crest Academy, El Camino High School, La Costa Canyon High School, West Hills High School, Cathedral Catholic High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Coronado High School, Francis Parker High School,  Carlsbad High School, Classical Academy High School, El Capitan High School, O’Farrell High School.

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The three winners of the L.A. Regionals in the August Wilson Monologue Competition (l-r): Leaf Rickard, Mykaela Sterris and Jonah Gould
The three winners of the L.A. Regionals in the August Wilson Monologue Competition (l-r): Leaf Rickard, Mykaela Sterris and Jonah Gould
Jonah Gould, Mykaela Sterris and Leaf Rickard were selected as the the winners of the 2014 August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional finals. Contestants from more than nine Southern California cities participated in the regional finals for the August Wilson Monologue Competition at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Gould won first place and a $500 scholarship, Sterris took home second place and a $400 scholarship, and Rickard won third place and a $300 scholarship. Gould and Sterris will travel to New York City to compete in the national finals. Rickard will travel and perform as an alternate in NYC.

Read more: Los Angeles Regional Finalists Named in August Wilson Monologue Competition

URTA, the University/Resident Theatre Association, recently elected two new officers on their board of directors. Brant Pope, director and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas, Austin was elected as president of URTA and Holly Poe Durbin, an award-winning entertainment costume designer and head of the Costume Design program at the University of California, Irvine, won election as Vice President. Both officers will serve two-year terms starting in July 2014. Additionally, Michael Fry, a director, and Claudia Stephens, a costume designer, were elected as new directors on the URTA board.

Read more: New Officers, Members, Elected to URTA’s Board

San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater will partner with Oakland’s Mills College to offer a new theatre study curriculum. The new program is designed to offer Mills College students access to theatre professionals at ACT while they study theatre in a major or minor at Mills College. According to the release: The new Mills theatre major is designed with a mixture of courses that are taught on and off campus. Half of these requirements will be offered at Mills in the Dance and Theater Studies Department in Oakland. The remaining courses are to be taken as a “study abroad” at A.C.T., in their studios in downtown San Francisco. The curriculum will expand from seminars to practicum classes and will include interdisciplinary collaborations and performance opportunities.

Read more: ACT and Mills College Team Up for New Theatre Studies Program

The New Swan Shakespeare Festival performs in a mini-Elizabethan theatre
The New Swan Shakespeare Festival performs in a mini-Elizabethan theatre
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts Drama Department at UC Irvine is now accepting applications from high school and college students to be an intern during the summer season of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival. The New Swan Apprentice program has tracks in acting or technical theatre. Technical theatre apprentices will be integrated into the costume, sound, lighting, scenic and stage management crew, gaining hands-on training behind the scenes. The acting apprentices will help high school students prepare for the college auditions by offereing college-level acting training.

Read more: New Swan Shakespeare Festival Accepting Applications for Summer Apprenticeships

 The Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama will convert the Shop Theater to an LED rig to help students learn to use the lighting technology
The Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama will convert the Shop Theater to an LED rig to help students learn to use the lighting technology
The Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will convert a performance space this summer to an LED rig. The transition will give students an opportunity to learn “the latest lighting design techniques on state-of-the-art LED equipment.” The “LED Project” will replace the majority of the lights in the department’s Shop Theater with LED fixtures, becoming the first theater space on campus to utilize LEDs as the primary source of stage light. The new LED equipment will include wash units, spot units, and moving heads. Students will participate in every stage of the LED Project—from evaluating fixtures and meeting with lighting manufacturers to using the fixtures in class and in their productions. The LED P&D Studio renovation was made possible by an anonymous gift to the NYU Tisch School, as well as matching funds from Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell.

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RADA lighting design student Amy Mae used the Selecon PLprofile1s and PLfresnel1s on Harold Pinter's Betrayal
RADA lighting design student Amy Mae used the Selecon PLprofile1s and PLfresnel1s on Harold Pinter's Betrayal
The London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) used Philips Selecon’s PL range of LED fixtures for their productions of Betrayal and High Society in 2013. RADA's Head of Lighting Matt Prentice worked with Selecon to specify a mixture of PLprofile1s, PLfresnel1s and PLcyc1s for the shows. For Betrayal, Lighting Designer Amy Mae liked the Selecon PLprofile1s’ and PLfresnel1s’ colors and versatile beam angle, while Lighting Designer Matt Leventhall used the PLCyc1 and praised its “smooth” coverage.

Read more: RADA Uses Philips Selecon PL Range for Fall Plays

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