Sixth Annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday super success in New York City. Over 150 people, including attendees, faculty and exhibitors, gathered at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City for the Sixth Annual workshop. Sonny Sonnenfeld, co-producer of the event, said, "This was one of our best years yet. These young designers and technicians gained a better understanding of stage lighting at many different levels; from our introductory sessions right on through to the more advance material."
The faculty lineup was headlined by Broadway lighting designers Ken Billington and Richard Pilbrow. Ken gave an inspirational Keynote address. Richard talked about his experience with Virtual Magic Sheet during his current production of Molly Sweeney opens at the Irish Rep. and using Lightwright on his iPad. Rounding out the day were Rich Dale, Miles Dudgeon, John Gebbie, Bobby Harrell, Andrew Nikel, Charles (Chip) Scott, and newcomers Kevin Lee Allen, Tom Casazza, Wendy Leudtke, James Smith and Tom Stanziano. Scott C Parker, co-producer of the event, says “this was a top notch group of people. We certainly plan on maintaining this caliber of faculty for future Stage Lighting Super Saturday workshops.”
Super Saturday was held at New York City's LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The all-day workshop presented fast-paced sessions including lighting 101, conventional and LED lighting fixtures, the lighting design process, color: how to use it, scrollers, gobos and rotators, an overview of consoles from past to present, computer-aided design and paperwork, DMX technology, lighting for worship, remote-controlled battery lighting, and moving lights.
Sponsors and supporters who joined Super Saturday this year included Altman, Apollo, Barbizon, City Theatrical, ENTTEC, ETC, Field Template, GAM, Lee Filters, Lighting & Sound America, Lycian, Morpheus Lighting, Sea Changer, Osram Sylvania, PHILIPS-Color Kinetics, PRG, Prism/Reveal, RC4 Wireless, Robert Juliat, Rosco, Strand Lighting, and Strong. Scott Parker extends a special thanks to the sponsors without home these workshops would not be possible. Parker says, “it is only with the help of these generous sponsors that we are able to invite students and teachers to attend at discounted rates.”
Stage Lighting Super Saturday is an all-day stage lighting workshop presented by Sonny Sonnenfeld and Scott C. Parker. Primarily focused towards those who are beginning their stage lighting careers, or who are studying lighting design and stage technology, Super Saturday appeals to a wide range of theater people. Attendees have been high school, college, and/or graduate school students; architects, lighting consultants, church/worship lighting designers and technicians, middle school and high school teachers, choral directors, theater and film electricians, and many more.