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  • LDI Show Returns to Las Vegas

    PLSN Staff | News | November 28, 2021LAS VEGAS - After being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, the LDI show returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center with the show floor open from Nov. 19-21. Exhibitors and attendees welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate all the products that had been developed during and since the shutdown. Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Stephen Sondheim, Composer and Lyricist at 91

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 26, 2021Stephen Sondheim, legendary composer and lyricist, died unexpectedly Nov. 26 at his home in Roxbury, CT at the age of 91. His many honors include nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and eight Grammy Awards. His extensive list of credits include West Side Story, Company, and Sweeney Todd, among numerous others. Read More...
  • New Robe T11 Range, A Three-In-One Solution, Highlighted in a Video

    PLSN Staff | NewsProduct News | November 26, 2021Robe is supporting the launch of its new conventional (static) theatrical luminaires, the T11 Profile, T11 Fresnel and T11 PC, with a video outlining their advantages in terms of LED energy efficiency along with the Robe brand’s reliability and quality. Each of the three new products start with the same fixture housing. Read More...
  • Sweden-Based Metal Band Avatar Tours North America with Rig that Includes Chauvet Professional Fixtures

    PLSN Staff | News | November 26, 2021NORTH AMERICA - Swedish metal band Avatar hit the road again with a bold new look. LD Jimmy Olausson introduced an element of "constructive chaos" for their North American tour with a band-owned lighting rig that includes a collection of Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip, Rogue and COLORado fixtures. Read More...
  • Gerry Dintleman’s Chauvet Professional Rig Creates Haunting Aura for Foxing’s Album Release

    PLSN Staff | NewsNewsroom | November 24, 2021ST. LOUIS–  Indie/emo band Foxing entitled their fourth studio album “Draw Down The Moon,” which captures the evocative, haunting spirit of a full moon sky with a rich mix of captivating grooves and percussive backdrops. For the album release show at The Pageant in St. Louis, designer Gerry Dintleman reflected the mood of the music with […] Read More...
  • Theatre Communications Group Releases 41st Annual Research Report: Theatre Facts 2020

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 23, 2021NEW YORK - Theatre Facts 2020, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), in partnership with SMU DataArts, noted that not-for-profit theatres continued to stay afloat during the pandemic with significant increases in individual giving and government support - along with a sharp reduction in expenses. Based on TCG’s Fiscal Survey and SMU DataArts’ Cultural Data Profile (CDP), the report also noted that the decline in expenses came at the painful cost of workforce reductions. Read More...
  • The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium – Continuing the Virtual Conversation

    PLSN Staff | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 23, 2021USA - Although the USITT Conference and Stage Expo is still slated as an in-person event in Baltimore, MD from March 2-5, the three-day New World Rigging Symposium, produced by USITT and ESTA, will be a virtual event this coming year. It’s set to take place online April 5-7, 2022. Read More...
  • Hundreds of ADJ Fixtures Illuminate ‘Nights of the Jack’ for Fourth Consecutive Year

    PLSN Staff | News | November 23, 2021CALABASAS, CA - LD Michael Hoffman once again relied on ADJ’s IP65-rated LED wash fixtures to light the 2/3-mile trail through the grounds of the historic King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains for Nights of the Jack, a Halloween-themed attraction that got its start in 2018. CBC Technical provided the gear. Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Mike Smith

    PLSN Staff | News | November 23, 2021WARNER ROBINS, GA - Michael “Mike” Smith, founder of MDS Lighting, died Oct. 16. He was 64. Mike’s son Martin Smith, who is continuing the family business, noted that his father got started in 1981 with just four Altman Lighting Fresnels. Over the years, the company expanded its inventory with gear from Vari-Lite, JT Engineering, Martin, High End Systems, Avolites, Elation and more. Read More...
  • Ayrton Celebrates 20 Years of Digital Lighting

    PLSN Staff | News | November 21, 2021PARIS - Ayrton is taking a little time this month to look back at two decades of LED lighting product innovations. To mark their 20th anniversary, Ayrton has also released a new logo and a video. Read More...
  • LDI2021 Announces Awards

    PLSN Staff | News | November 21, 2021LDI has announced this year’s award winners. Here is the list of products and booths that won awards. Excellence in Sustainability – PixMob Lighting – Entertainment Alchemy 7 from D.T.S. Illuminazione S.R.L. – Learn more about the D.T.S.’ Alchemy 7 here Lighting – Architectural NAtouch-1 by Nicolaudie Architectural Staging and Rigging Caprice Folding Acoustical Shell […] Read More...
  • In Memoriam: Joseph N. Tawil, Lighting Innovator and Marketer

    Michael S. Eddy | NewsStage DirectionsTheater News | November 20, 2021Stage Directions and PLSN have learned of the death of Joseph N. Tawil on Nov. 17 at age 84. He was an innovator and marketer of theatrical lighting products over his long career. At the time of his retirement, Tawil was the founder and President of Gam Products, Inc., the Los Angeles-based theatrical lighting and special effects company he founded as the Great American Market in 1975. He was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), and an associate member of The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Read More...
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