Forecast For July 3-4-5, 2020

Training & Webcasts:

July 3 @ 11:30am Eastern: Jody Sperling Time Lapse Dance: Go Plastic Bag Free: Celebrate International Plastic Bag Free Day by visiting an open rehearsal exploring the use of plastic bags as costuming and props; plus experimenting with creating real-time virtual dance experiences. Register Here.

Saturday, July 4 @ 8pm Eastern: Projects With Jason Tech Table: Host KC Wilkerson sits down with pyrotechnic designer Eric Tucker to discuss fireworks during this special Fourth of July episode! Watch Here.

• Sunday, July 5 @ 7pm Eastern: 4Wall Roundtable Episode 7, features a group of professionals who work in different facets of the live entertainment industry, bringing a variety of perspectives to the discussions. This episode's guests are lighting designers Céline Royer, Chuan-Chi Chan, l Itohan Edoloyi, and Brandon Stirling Baker. Hosted by Drew Quinones and Jeff Croiter. Watch Here.

Special Discussion:

Friday, July 10 @ 3pm Eastern: Live Design & USITT present A Conversation On Diversity And Anti-Racism In Entertainment Design. Moderated by David Stewart, USITT Board member and production manager for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, with lighting designer Xavier Pierce, lighting/projection designer Roma Flowers, lighting designer Porsche McGovern, lighting designer/event coordinator Ebony Madry, lighting designer Rachael Blackwell, and production manager Lawrence Bennett. Register Here

Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:

•  July 6 & 8: Digital Production Workshop: A Case Study of NYU Tisch Drama’s The Clouds: An in-depth look at the making of Tisch Drama's New Studio On Broadway Physical Acting Ensemble’s production of The Clouds. This free two-day comprehensive workshop is open to the public and will be broken down into a series of sessions exploring the creative and technical aspects of producing this fully remote production. Monday, July 6, 1– 5:30pm via Zoom and Wednesday, July 8, 1– 5:30pm via Zoom. More Info and Registration.

• July 6: Artistic Finance: Podcast with lighting designer Trudy Dalgleish. Hosted by Ethan Steimel, an interview with Trudy Dalgleish covering her journey from Canberra, New South Wales to becoming a lighting designer in Sydney. Listen Here.

July 7 @ 6pm Central: Harman Professional Training: Performance Manager 2.x Advanced with Juan Soothill: This webinar will explore advanced workflows for JBL Performance Manager software, such as building arrays without LAC files, manually building cardioid subwoofer arrays and importing subwoofer EDS files from LAC into Performance Manager. Register Here.

For Your Viewing Enjoyment:

July 3 @ 3pm Eastern: Hamilton on Disney + : Make your house the room where it happens when Hamilton, the groundbreaking Broadway musical, winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, live streams on Disney+ (subscription required). Originally planned to air on October 2021, the date was pushed forward due to Covid-19, when millions upon millions of people are hungry for quality content online. Read Live Deign's interviews with the designers of Hamilton, David Korins (sets), Howell Binkley (lighting), Nevin Steinberg (sound), Paul Tazewell (costumes).

• July 4 @ 8pm Eastern: PBS' A Capitol Fourth will be live-streaming, the show is hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams featuring performances by by Patti LaBelle, John Fogerty, Renée Fleming, The Temptations, Trace Adkins, Andy Grammer, Yolanda Adams, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez and the National Symphony Orchestra, With live fireworks from Washington, D.C. Watch Here

• July 5 @ 8pm Eastern: Eagles: Live From The Forum MMXVII: With live sports and entertainment on pause for the Fourth of July weekend, the Eagles and ESPN are teaming to broadcast the premiere of the band’s “Live From The Forum MMXVII” concert film on ESPN.

Special Events On The Horizon:

July 20-25: ALD Academy. A.LD Boot Camp: Learn To Be An Assistant Lighting Designer: A week-long workshop on zoom with a great roster of lighting designers and speakers Hosted by Tim Deiling and Rob Casey. Details Here.

Themed Entertainment Creative Workshop Series: Sponsored by The Bezark Company. This is an unprecedented, multi-disciplinary, accelerated workshop series developed and led by some of the best minds in Themed Entertainment. Details Here.

Watch Anytime:

 GLP 10 Out Of 10 With Neil Austin: This week's episode of "10 Out Of 10" features West End & Broadway lighting designer Neil Austin, whose projects include Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and Ink, for which he received Tony awards for Best Lighting of a Play in 2018 & 2019 respectively. Watch Here.

• Designing My Fair Lady: Listen to set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber, sound designer Marc Salzberg, and lighting designer Don Holder, talk about designing My Fair Lady for Lincoln Center Theatre. Watch Here. videos are now online, a conference for video professionals. Watch Here.

• ETC Story Q&A  with Tom Littrell:  thoughts from Outreach and Training Specialist Tom Littrell on LEDs. Read Here.

Grey Room Sessions. Watch Here.

• Unreal Interactive Demo. Watch Here.

• Opera America – live streams.

• ETC On Headset: The Billington Files

TDF Stages, list of streaming performances updated daily.

Scott Parker: A lot of training videos to choose from. Watch Here.


Get A Grip On Lighting Podcast: Leadership Under Covid: Kevin Poyck just had his legs under him as CEO and president of Signify’s Americas Market Group when the outbreak threw his business into chaos. He shares his thoughts on virtual offices, managing at a distance, and the shape of post-pandemic normalcy. What really brought him to our show today was a recent study at Boston University that confirmed how effective a new Signify UVC lamp really is, which leads to a vintage Philips UV disinfection manual and the modern rush for germicidal lamps. It’s time for us all to turn a page as we proceed out of our current crisis. Listen Here.

Technically Speaking, USITT Podcast:  Featuring 2020 Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Award winner, Jasmine Lesane, a lighting designer & director dedicated to realizing visions through innovative design solutions, and a recent grad of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. Listen Here.

Light Talk With The Lumen Brothers: A podcast and a place where lighting designers can feel free to express what really annoys them about the industry, lighting education, and the art of stage lighting design. Listen Here.

LD At Large With Chris Lose: Recent episodes include Michael Berger, Seth Robinson, and Rob Koenig. Listen Here.

The Evolution of Special Effects With John Canning of Digital Domain: Tyler Gates and Sophia Moshasha catch up with John Canning, executive producer at Digital Domain, to talk about how animation and special effects in media production have evolved to become higher quality, less costly, and easier to achieve with immersive technology. Listen Here.

Industry Resources:

Live Events Coalition  

Event Safety Alliance

• USITT Women In Theatre Network

 LDI on demand videos and webcasts

 Magnum’s complete list of free training and resources