Ontario’s ‘Isabel Bader Centre’ Among USITT’s 2017 Architecture Award Winners

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

USITT’s 2017 Architecture Awards feature three top honor award winners this year: Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH; The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON; and Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s UniversityThe Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University, designed by Snøhetta at a total cost of $72 M, is a catalyst for the arts at the University. An 80,000 square-foot building unites a diverse range of the University’s performance and creative art disciplines under a single roof. With a 566-seat performance hall, classrooms, rehearsal and performance spaces, the Isabel provides a supportive learning environment for young artists and performers to grow in their discipline.

The Maltz Performing Arts CenterThe Maltz Performing Arts Center

The Maltz Performing Arts Center, designed by MGA Partners Architects is a nationally registered historic synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio at the performing arts center for Case Western Reserve University. The renovations included the addition of an acoustic canopy, theatrical lighting, a stage and piano lift, acoustic wall panels, as well as restored seating and interior finishes. In addition, a chapel in the rear of the building was converted into a recital hall, and support spaces such as a green room and control rooms were added.

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February Freeze 2017 Fast Approaching

Friday, November 25th, 2016

03freezeWilliam F. White is preparing to host the 16th annual edition of February Freeze. This technology showcase is a pre-NAB exhibit that lets production professionals navigate the latest innovations and technologies while connecting with one another. The event will take place at the William F. White Centre on February 7th, 2017, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Production professionals, students, and anyone with an interest in these technologies are invited to take part in free workshops and seminars, participate in demos, ask questions to industry leaders, and test new equipment onsite.

Visit www.februaryfreeze.com for more information.

Lighting Added to Education Program at 2017 NAMM Show

Friday, November 25th, 2016

01nammThe NAMM Show 2017, running Jan. 19-22 in Anaheim, CA, will welcome lighting professionals to discover the latest products across entertainment technology, network with industry peers, and take in educational sessions as show organizers begin a process of expanding their focus on pro lighting.

NAMM tells Professional Lighting & Production that it plans to expand the January show’s lighting component in coming years, as well as the educational program for the lighting and video industry. For example, Richard Cadena, a freelance lighting designer and consultant, will present a session as part of the 2017 show’s TEC Tracks program.

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Wenger Buys SECOA

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Wenger Corporation of Owatonna, MN, which, along with its subsidiary J.R. Clancy,  serves the performing arts, music education, and athletic segments, has acquired the assets of SECOA, Inc. of Champlin, MN. SECOA is a national integrator of theatre equipment and systems.

“Our strategy is focused on providing superior customer solutions and driving growth in each of our market segments,” says Chris Simpson, president and CEO of Wenger Corporation. “The addition of SECOA builds on the momentum we are driving with the J.R. Clancy and Wenger brands to offer the most comprehensive integrated project solutions in the performing arts market. This acquisition further complements our integrating manufacturing model by bringing on board some of the key talent who have executed a similar model very successfully over the years at SECOA.”

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Elation Professional Launches Newly-Designed Website

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-9-56-04-amElation Professional has launched its newly designed www.elationlighting.com website, a thorough makeover that features a more intuitive and modern look. The redesigned website is designed to make it easier for visitors to find the information they need in a more visually appealing interface.

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Registration Now Open for USITT 2017

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

USITT Terrence SpiveyOnline registration for USITT 2017, which will be held March 8-11 in St. Louis, MO is now open. With more than 5,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors expected at the Conference & Stage Expo, early registration and hotel housing reservations are encouraged.

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Show Distribution Corp. announces the appointment of Thierry Pouliot Fletcher as Director of Business Development

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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Thierry Pouliot Fletcher (left) & Marc Desrochers

Show Distribution Corporation has appointed Thierry Pouliot Fletcher to the position of director of business development. As part of his functions, Fletcher will be in charge of establishing and implementing sales and marketing strategies and developing new distribution channels.

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NATEAC Dinner Raises $11K for Behind the Scenes Charity

Monday, September 19th, 2016

dinnersardisThe North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) dinner, held at Sardi’s, the iconic New York City restaurant, raised over $11,000 for the Behind the Scenes charity. The dinner, a popular tradition at NATEAC, attracted 150 attendees and guests.  “Needless to say, we’re thrilled,” says Rick Rudolph, chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation.  “The generosity of the NATEAC attendees is astonishing and very gratifying.”

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Long Reach Long Riders Announce Early Fundraising for 2017 Ride.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

LRLR bikeThe Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have opened the fundraising season for the 2017 charity ride. The 14th annual ride, The Avocado Adventure:  A Guided Guacamole Tour, starts on June 16th in Southern California. Drew Wending, ride marshal, notes, “We’ve had many requests to begin fundraising now, rather than wait till spring, and so we have.”

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SFM to Distribute Pro Control Products in Canada as of Sept. 15

Monday, September 12th, 2016

sfm-procontrol_september122016SFM has announced its appointment as a distributor of Pro Control for Canada. Pro Control is a division of Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), which SFM also recently took on Canadian distribution for. Effective Sept. 15, 2016, SFM will be responsible for growing Pro Control in the residential, commercial AV, and hospitality markets throughout Canada.

“We’re excited to partner with SFM in Canada and the potential growth opportunities this new relationship will bring while furthering our commitment to serving our dealers,” says Mike Everett, VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas, for RTI and Pro Control. “SFM’s professional, customer-focused sales staff, marketing team, and service department will be a huge advantage to integrators — providing top-notch service and support.”

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