Forecast For Monday, June 14, 2021

(Neo filmed @ The Joyce Theatre)

The Joyce Theatre presents the world premiere of Neo, with ABT principal dancers James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston in their first post-quarantine collaboration choreographed by ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky. Based on the original score by Dai Fujikura the work is accompanied by live music from Sumie Kaneko. Filmed on The Joyce stage under the direction of Nel Shelby Productions, Neo is a joyous reunion of great artists honoring the ability to create—and celebrate each other. 

Watch below (thru June 16):

Training & Webcasts:

June 14 @ 1pm Eastern: Strand Lighting: Theatre Systems Design Basics: This course introduces key fixture offerings for theatres, basic lighting design for schools, how to put a system together, dimming/relay options, choosing the right architectural control and theatrical control and looks at cost comparison between LED and tungsten. Register Here.

June 14 @ 2pm Eastern: Capture: Live Webcast on Patch Exchange with Eos & MA3: Capture rounds out this season of webcasts with a special on patch exchange with Eos and MA3. We will be taking a closer look on how to use LightWright and CSV files with Eos and MVR files with MA3. Watch Here.

June 14 @ 5:30pm Eastern: New York City Vectorworks Entertainment Online User Group Meeting: What We Want from Future Versions of Spotlight and Vision? Open discussion and conversation about user's needs and wants for future versions. What would simplify or speed up your workflow? Open to screen sharing with the group to illustrate ideas? We can do that. Have an idea for a tool or a PIO, let's hear it!  Zoom Link.

  Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:

June 17 @ 2:30pm Eastern: Chicago Flyhouse Free Training: Design Factor and Hardware Selection: This session will highlight the role that Design Factor and Hardware Selection play in all entertainment industry work. • Understand the relationship of Breaking Strength, Design Factor and Working Load Limit • Why is hardware origin important? • Review the proper use of a variety of different hardware • Hardware Q&A Instructor: Ed Leahy. Register Here.

June 17 @ 2:30pm Eastern: USITT: Community Conversations: LGBTQ: Join a panel of professionals from the LGBTQ community as they discuss their careers and industry trends. Presenters include: Randy Wong-Westbrooke (they/them); Calvin Anderson (he/him/they/them); Frankie Charles (He/Him); Maya Schuetz (She/Her) . Register Here.

June 18 @ 1pm Eastern: USITT: Stage Drapery and Fire Code: Fire safety on stages is a big issue. On theatre stages, the presence of hot lights, props, and electrical sparks near flammable textiles significantly increases the risk of fire. The flame retardant on them forms an important part of fire safety systems. Brought to you by On-Site Services Group. Presenter: Brad Davies: Register Here.

June 21 @ 1pm Eastern: Strand Lighting: Understanding DMX from Design and Implementation to TroubleshootingS: Start with the discussion of the design of DMX, its history, and its ubiquitous implementation throughout the entertainment lighting industry. This course takes the attendee through understanding DMX, hardware variations of DMX, how a basic lighting system connects using DMX and basic troubleshooting when DMX based fixtures are not functioning. Technologies and ideas discussed includes DMX protocol, DMX distribution, DMX cable, DMX hardware including DMX based consoles and fixtures. Register Here.

Webcasts & Podcasts:

• 4Wall Sunday Roundtable Episode 48: Pat MacKay Diversity Scholarships: Join judges and former recipients of the Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships. 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 field of entertainment design. The scholarships are named for Pat MacKay, formerly publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and founder of the LDI Trade Show and Conference. Guests: Sydney Dye - Projection Designer (Past Recipient);  Nina Field - Lighting & Sound Designer (Past Recipient/Judge); Roma Flowers - Lighting & Projection Designer (Judge);  Ellen Lampert-Greaux - Live Design/LDI Creative Director; Yuko Taniguchi - Lighting Designer (Past Recipient). Watch Here.

Light Talk With The Lumen Brothers: The Gainesville Swamp Landfill Dump: The Lumen Brothers welcome back Prodigal Brother Stan from his Stanbattical! Join Stan, Steve, and David as they pontificate about:  Stan's "Zero Dark 30 Vacation"; Letters to Light Talk Central; Don't screw with the Estonians; Weird Light Talk Theme Song issues; Which LED Fresnel to buy; Orchestra shell fixture considerations; Breaking the fire curtain line; Lighting outdoor daylight events; PetSweat Greenroom vending machines; The new Martin Mac Ultra fixtures; Are YOU going to LDI?; The Lumenoids tour plans; and Sin City hotels. Listen Here. 

• USITT: TECHnically Speaking: A Conversation On Virtual Production with Brendon Bradley: A look at on something the industry has become quite familiar with over the past year — virtual production. We were joined by actor, writer, director, producer, and virtual production aficionado Brendan Bradley who spoke with us about his work on A One Act Festival in your Browser (WebXR) — a show produced, rehearsed, and performed entirely in web-based virtual reality, demonstrating several different modes and styles of fully-immersive, virtual performance with a customized toolkit, and user interface. Listen Here.

• GLP 10 Out Of 10: Jennifer Tipton: This week's guest on GLP's 10 Out Of 10 is award winning lighting designer Jennifer Tipton. With an amazing career across the genres of dance, opera and theatre, Jennifer is also the head of lighting design at Yale School of Drama. Watch below: 


• USITT: TECHnically Speaking: 2021 YDMT Series: Martin Montaner, a technical supervisor and production manager who took home the 2021 KM Fabrics Technical Production Award. Listen Here.


• Artistic Finance: Learn the advantages of purchasing a home in NYC as theatrical designers, with set & garden designer Donyale Werle and lighting designer Beth Turomsha who talk about their experiences buying homes in New York City, what has happened since, and what they expect to do with their homes moving forward, and discuss factors that affect home purchases, including climate change, quality of life, and inequity. Listen Here.

USITT: TECHnically Speaking: 2021 YDMT Series: Costume Designer Erin Barnett: Recipient of the 2021 Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design & Technology Award, Erin is currently a third-year MFA Costume Design student at Indiana University. She has worked as a costume designer and technician with Triad Stage, Jenny Wiley Theatre, GLOW Lyric Theatre, and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. On this episode, we chatted about her award win, favorite costume pieces she's created, and her passion for the industry and craft. Listen Here.


 • ETC's New Product Presentation, Keynote by Justin Townsend:

• AVO and ROBE: The creative team at Robe has been using Avolites Titan to create their shows and videos for years; Avo spoke to Robe about the brand new Timeline feature. Watch Below:

Conferences & Special Events: 

• USITT21 Virtual Conference: The 2021 USITT Virtually Anywhere Conference was presented live March 8-12, 2021. The conference can now be accessed from virtually anywhere on demand. Available thru September 8, 2021. On Demand

Read more on:

Suggested Articles:

Fisher has a unique background in entertainment production, corporate operations, and customer/employee/supplier relations.

“When it comes to house lighting, Chroma-Q® is the brand we reach for,” explains Josh Holowicki, Founder, E2i Design.

Canare SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Optic (HFO) SMPTE ST304 and ST311 cable assemblies have become the industry standard.