Forecasts for Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Metropolitan Opera: A History of Divas, Diamonds, & Drama, an online event presented by New York Adventure Club: an evening of stunning settings, thrilling singers and beautifully dressed people to celebrate the legendary New York Opera. $ 10 with online access for a full week. Info and registration here.

And to get you in the mood for this opera webcast:

Wednesday webcast:

• September 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time: Wing VVirtual Salon # 30: Reopening of Broadway during a pandemic: Last August, Go over, the new “powerful and provocative” play by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu (Arifa Akbar, The Guardian), led the reopening of Broadway in more ways than one. Behind the scenes, the team created a strategy to open safely during the ongoing COVID outbreak. Join Wingspace and members of the Go over production crew, for a conversation about how they keep the cast and crew safe for the return to regular Broadway performances. With production manager Sean Gorski, COVID security manager Pamela Remler and set designer Wilson Chin. Hosted by assistant scenographer Riw Rakkulchon. register here or live WS Facebook.

For the future, register in advance:

• September 23 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time: Virtual Live Design Courses: Extend Your Reality: How To Use The Latest Technology To Create Spectacular Live Experiences: Three sessions on xR and virtual production: An introduction to xR; How to translate creative concepts into production; Entering the Metaverse: How to Take Live Experiences to the Next Level. Find out more and register here. To free.

• September 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time: framework: social fall work: Join the framework: Work for their fall social event, an informal get-together, a 90-minute general discussion session, creative brainstorming and all, plus future plans. Hosted by Bob Bonniol, Mode Studios, JT Rooney, Silent Partner Studios and Laura Frank, Luminous FX. Skip anytime during the session. Register here.

• From September 23 to October 1: USITT: Training for COVID Security and Compliance Officers COVID for USITT members at $ 20 / non-members at $ 50. All details here and registration here.

• September 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time: Strand Lighting FLX S Introductory Course: This is an introductory course to the FLX S line of consoles of the FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles running the powerful ZerOS software. This course will cover all of the basic components of the ZerOS software to get you up to speed quickly and easily with programming a basic show. The console areas that will be covered are console setup, patching, device control, and programming cues. For the session, the trainer will run the “Phantom ZerOS” software, which emulates the ZerOS consoles on PC. Register here.

• September 28 at 8 p.m. EST: USITT Membership Committee: Student Chapter Training Webinar: An online seminar focused on how your students can form their own USITT chapter. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and potential chapter sponsors to learn how to start or revitalize a student chapter! The seminar will include an information presentation followed by a question, answer and discussion period. Register here.

• November 15-21: LDI2021: A comprehensive professional training program for the entertainment design and technology industry. Full details here.

New podcasts:

• Light conversation: Episode 233: The Catalina Wine Blender: The Lumen brothers discuss everything from Working on Devised Productions to Chloe. Join Steve, Driscoll and David as they pontificate on: what we have learned from our early lighting designs; Have something in common with Mozart; With travel budgets tight, how do you get the full experience of going to trade shows if you can’t make it to trade shows; Work on designed productions; Call me “Jacques Martan”, Halloween treats; “Koi Delight”, take the last boat from Catalina; The MTV VMA awards show; Big ass and big bass drums; Shattering guitars on the head; Dave Grohl vs. Richie Blackmore; What is real, what is AR and what is a hallucination? ; Ground projections; What is “jewel lighting?” And “Hope for the best”. Listen now.

• Artistic funding: Can anyone beat the market? Specifically, has Ethan Steimel, a freelance lighting designer, beat the market? IATSE’s new apprentice, Marc Santos, joins him to review the investments they’ve made for Artistic Finance 6k, their self-designed index fund. In May 2021, they invested in stocks, REITs, cryptocurrencies, and wine. This is a three-month check-in to compare them to the market. Co-host Marc Santos is now an IATSE apprentice at the Metropolitan Opera. He is also an art photographer specializing in dance movement and whose work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Listen now.

Things to buy:

• Backstage Greeting Cards: Each design comes in a pack of 10; Printed on 5×7 white card stock; Blank white envelopes included; Card packs ship at the end of November. Buy here.


• The stars ! Spectacular stage and screen costumes: Over 100 clothes from Broadway, TV, film and dance on display until September 26, 2021. A great way to see the costumes up close and check out the details and craftsmanship. The venue is in Times Square, near 42nd & Broadway and the maze-shaped exhibit was created by Thinc Design. Presented by the Costume Industry Coalition. All proceeds from the exhibition will raise funds for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which continues to support one of the hardest hit sectors of the entertainment industry.

Buy tickets online.

Older podcasts:

• USITT: Technically speaking: USITT’s 2021 TDMY Award-Winning Podcast Series (Young Designers, Managers & Technicians) Ends With Costume Artist Annie Ulrich, winner of the 2021 Barbara Matera Prize for costume making. Annie Ulrich fell into acting during her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in theater and studio art in 2013. From there, she worked freelance as a costume designer and took on the role of assistant store manager at the same costume shop in Middlebury. In the spring of 2021, Annie received her Masters in Theater and Dance (Costume Technology) from the University of Texas at Austin. Listen now.

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• Inwood ArtWorks On Air: a podcast with Libby Stadstad: Scenic Designer Libby Stadstad talks about her work on an upcoming stop-motion animated film and more: Listen now. Learn more about her in Live design: Couple design: Libby Stadstad and Brandon Stirling Baker.

• USITT: TECHnically Speaking: 2021 YDMT Award Winner Casey Duke, winner of the 2021 Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Design Award: Casey Duke is a theatrical lighting designer and Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts (scheduled for 2022), and received her BA in Theater from Mississippi University for Women in 2014. Over the past seven years, Casey has worked in theaters. and entertainment at theme parks such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Listen now.

• Doing theater: James Farncombe and Bruno Poet: Lighting designers James Farncombe and Bruno Poet organize conversations about the complex and sometimes messy business of putting on a show for the theater. We aim to attract guests from all aspects of the production; from directors and designers to actors, directors, technicians, manufacturers, builders and producers, to start a larger conversation about everything that is involved in directing a show. Listen now.

• Artistic funding: Diversify: A discussion on diversification within a financial portfolio with lighting designer David Martin Jacques. He explains how the allocation of his portfolio has changed over time as he has gone from a freelance writer to a drama teacher. David has been designing lighting, sets and projections for 40 years. His work spans across Europe, Asia, South America, Scandinavia and North America. David has designed in places such as the Royal Opera House, the Teatro alla Scala, the English National Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Tokyo National Theater. David was a lighting consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment, where he helped design numerous attractions for Disney Orlando, Euro-Disney, Epcot, and MGM. ) created the popular weekly podcast “LIGHT TALK with The Lumen Brothers”. Listen now.


• 4Wall Sunday Roundtable Episode 48: Pat MacKay Diversity Scholarships: Join the judges and past recipients of the Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Fellowships. Founded in 2019 and funded by LDI and Live Design, the goal of these unique Diversity In Design scholarships is to support underrepresented and unique voices in the entertainment design arena. The scholarships are named after Pat MacKay, former publisher of Theater Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and founder of the LDI Trade Show and Conference. Guests: Sydney Dye – Projection Designer (former beneficiary); Nina Field – Lighting and Sound Designer (former recipient / judge); Roma Flowers – Lighting and projection designer (judge); Ellen Lampert-Greaux – Creative Director Live Design / LDI; Yuko Taniguchi – Lighting designer (former beneficiary). Look here.

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