A big day, that's for sure, as the US gets a new president. I hardly need to tell you to watch as the day unfolds, and I'm usually not one to be political, but this is one heck of a live show, including a star-studded concert at 8:30pm Eastern on PBS, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, as well as social media channels. One nice thing about this week is that a lot of industry folks got to work on the events surrounds the swearing in of the 46th commander-in-chief, including C3's "Field of Flags" on the mall since COVID-19 does not allow for a crowd to gather. In the meantime there is still training to be done, webcasts to watch, and podcasts to listen to on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Training & Webcasts:
• January 20 @ 11am Central: Harman Learning Session: Finding and Providing Help in the Entertainment Industry: Many industry charitable organizations provide services and assistance to entertainment technology professionals. Hear from key charity leaders to learn what support is available and how to assist during this informative panel discussion. Panelists: Lee Dennison, trustee at Backup; Erik Parker, associate director at Touring Career Workshop; Lori Rubinstein, executive director at Behind the Scenes; Nurit Smith, executive director at Music Forward/Crew Nation; and moderator Brad Schiller, Martin senior business development manager. Register Here.
• January 20 @ 2pm Eastern: Bill Sapsis Remote Training Sessions: Equity & Inclusion, Part 3: Looking to the future (Registration for this session will open 1/15/2021 at 10am Eastern). Register Here.
Looking Ahead, Register In Advance:
• January [email protected] 12pm Eastern: Isadora Guru Session #20: Remote Performance: Past, Present and Future: Isadora's creator Mark Coniglio will be joined by long time collaborator and co-founder of Troika Ranch Dawn Marie Stoppiello for a lively "co-interview" focused on remote performance. Starting with practices they first explored in the nascent days of the Internet, this dynamic duo will present their ideas on what will be crucial dramaturgically and technologically for online performance as we ride out the pandemic. Watch Here,
• January 21 @ 1pm Eastern: Ahead Of The Curve: Business and technology. Two things that constantly challenge each other. Finding a balance between the two is a very tricky thing to fully understand. In a world that is constantly evolving and changing you need to be on your “A” game to stay on top of the technology, projects and ways to provide affordable solutions to your clients. Join Geoffrey Platt and Andrew “Drew” Atienza from VYV as they have a discussion about the things they are very passionate about. Entertainment technology and business during these transitional times. Be part of the conversation! Watch Here.
• January 21 @ 10am Pacific: Elation Innovation Hour; Explore Color: A discussion of the various types of color-mixing systems found in today’s modern automated luminaires and the pros and cons inherent in each. The ability to create millions of different hues from a single lighting fixture is perhaps the greatest benefit of an intelligent luminaire. Join Elation National Sales Manager John Dunn and Global Product Manager Matthias Hinrichs as they examine additive and subtractive color mixing including the different types of RGB color mixing systems, CMY color mixing, DTW, and Elation’s proprietary SpectraColor™ system. Watch Here.
• January 21 @ 3pm Eastern: AES @ NAMM: We Make Events North America—Pandemic: Panic of Pivot: We Make Events North America will present a panel of industry professionals, who will discuss the organization and its successful event on September 1, RedAlertRESTART. They'll also look at what they have been doing to successfully survive while the industry is closed down. Moderated by Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, creative director LDI/LiveDesign; Speakers: Vickie Claiborne, training manager for disguise in the Americas; Cosmo Wilson, lighting designer for AC/DC and a long list of over 40 rock bands; Brandon Blackwell, production manager and FOH engineer; Andrew Bongardt, monitor engineer with Clair Global; and Tim “Quake” Mark, production manager, tour manager, and FOH engineer. Register Here.
Podcasts & Webcasts:
• Featured podcast: Changing The Landscape: In 2020, a group of theatre designers, directors, actors, managers, and technicians, produced an open letter titled ‘We See You White American Theatre," and laid it square in the public eye. The letter detailed the many transgressions accumulated toward theatre-makers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, by the predominantly white American theatre in the United States, and has reverberated through management structures, teaching institutions and theatre producing organizations at all levels prompting a new, thorough, unavoidable level of public conversation and accountability. Joining host Alan Edwards to discuss these topics: Award-winning scenic & costume designer and activist Clint Ramos; assistant dean and assistant professor adjunct in Theater Management for Yale School of Drama and general manager of Yale Repertory Theatre Kelvin Dinkins, Jr; and managing director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University Al Heartley. Listen Here.
• GLP 10 Out Of 10: Cosmo Wilson: This week on GLP's 10 Out Of 10, Mark Ravenhill is joined by lighting designer Cosmo Wilson, who has worked with artists such as AC/DC, Aerosmith,The Scorpions, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and Foreigner. He also works on the 9/11 Tribute in NYC. Watch Here.
• Artistic Finance, Episode 37: Bridging the Gap in Theatre with USITT's VC of Wigs and Makeup Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth:
Ethan Steimel invites Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth on the podcast to have a conversation about African American hair and makeup in theatre. Jerrilyn is a costume designer based out of Mississippi. She is Vice Chairperson of Wigs and Makeup for USITT and consulted with stage makeup brand Ben-Nye as they developed an African-American Colors makeup kit. Watch Here.
• Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers: EPISODE 198: An interview with Thaddeus Strassberger. Join Thad, David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Working as a set, lighting, and video designer in the opera world; How the design process is incorporated into the stage rehearsals; Understanding and working with the holistic nature of theatre; Integrating prop design into the reality of the dramatic world; Informing singers about the lighting atmospheres; Communicating with international casts; Working in Beijing and Russia; Stagione and Repertory productions; Lighting advantages in a repertory season; The joy of working with well-rounded directors; "Secret Sauce Tricks"; The differences in theatrical and aesthetic practices in various countries; Laser Pointer focusing; Freelance healthcare access; Alternative healthcare systems; and The holes in theatrical union healthcare plans. Listen Here.