Who's Who and Who’s New At LDI…And Why You Need To Know Them...Part Two.
Every year LDI’s professional training program features upward of 150 industry experts who serve as speakers and instructors for the LDInstitute and LDInnovation Conference courses, and this year’s new LDIntensives. Here is a second round of cool folks who are making their LDI debut this year. Check out the Live Design and LDI Facebook pages to meet more of our intrepid pundits!
Tina Brower, Lighting designer
Tina Brower is a senior show lighting designer with Walt Disney Imagineering. Based in the Anaheim office, her design and field installation credits include projects at the Disneyland Resort, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks, dating back to her start with WDI in 1996. Prior to that time, she was an educator at Duke University in theatrical lighting and stage management, as well as a freelance lighting designer. When she wasn't in a classroom or a theatre here in the USA, Brower could be found on various themed entertainment projects in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea, working with the likes of Landmark Entertainment Group, The Ruzika Company, and Gallegos Lighting Design. Today, her professional practice is about leveraging new technologies and new ideas into the timeless basics of great lighting design.
Daniel Fine, Media designer
Daniel Fine is an artist, scholar, and technologist working in immersive, responsive, mediated environments for interactive users, audiences, and performance. His most recent large-scale architectural projection mapping and design work has been showcased internationally in Puebla, Mexico at the 2014 Proyecta Festival and in an active rock quarry in Connecticut. He has designed projections and created original artwork, as well as designing system integration for theatre, dance, music, and art installations, including stereoscopic 3D projection and site-specific locations. Fine holds an MFA in interdisciplinary digital media from the departments of Film, Dance, and Theatre and the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University. For 2013/2014, he was a fellow at the Center for Science and the Imagination. For his thesis project, Wonder Dome, Fine created a new touring performance space where narrative is explored across the sciences and the arts in a 360°, immersive dome where narrative can be encountered, explored, and told by mixing ancient forms of live performance with cinema, gaming, HCI, and cutting edge digital technology. He is currently teaching at the University of Iowa.
Ken Tabachnick, Lighting designer
Ken Tabachnick has a long, diverse career in and around the arts. Beginning his career as a lighting designer 35 years ago, his career spanned the arts scene and the world (Robert Wilson, Martha Graham, Paris Opera, Bolshoi and Kirov Operas and Ballets, etcetera). In academia, he served as a dean at arts schools (Purchase College, SUNY, and deputy dean at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts). He spent six years as general manager of New York City Ballet, overseeing the company’s strategic planning and the renovation of its city-owned building. An intellectual property attorney, he represented artists and artistic institutions in a broad range of issues. He has run Internet businesses and served as general counsel for an Internet publishing company. He is an active trustee of organizations such as Westbeth Artists Housing Corporation, the Stephen Petronio Company, and the Hemsley Lighting Programs. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and has a third degree black belt in TaeKwon Do.