Masters of modern American dance, Martha Graham Dance Company presents a three-day virtual festival, GrahamFest95, including the first company of Elisa Monte’s signature work, Tread (1979) and works and films by various choreographers, including the late Graham herself. The online event celebrates the company’s 95th anniversary, with performances, collaboration, cocktails and conversations – streamed live from the Martha Graham Studio Theater. Check it out and buy tickets here, for all dances, all weekend from April 29 to May 2, 2021.
Training and webcasts:
• May 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time: Women in Entertainment: Roundtable on Rigging: Explore the world of entertainment rigging from the perspective of accomplished women in the industry! Hosted by ETCP arena rigger Siobhan Colleen, who is joined by Lauren Duffy Franzoso, Renee Munholand, Katrina Puleo, Sydney Rush and Melissa Stinson. Free on Facebook. Look here.
• May 2 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time: 4Wall Sunday Roundtable: Episode 43, Worship Arts Designers: Guests: Chris Eguizabal, lighting designer at Harvest; Griffin McCravy, lighting designer at Church of the Highlands; MeKenna Beauregard, lighting designer at Christ’s Church of the Valley; Daniel Robinson, lighting designer at Worship Center; discuss their influences, the design process, what turns them on about what they do, and more! Hosted by Drew Quinones of 4Wall and LD Jeff Croiter. Look here.
Looking to the future, register in advance:
• May 5 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Fourth new virtual technology from LDI: New equipment presented by these four companies, plus questions and answers in real time. AC / Prolights lighting; Chauvet Professional; Protech; Ultratec special effects. Register here.
New webcasts and podcasts:
• BPL: 10 out of 10: Chris Caserta: This GLP’s 10 out of 10 guest this week is Craig Caserta, whose colorful personality has seen him work as a lighting designer and director of live, corporate and television concerts. Born in Brooklyn, now lives in Las Vegas. Take a look below:
• Light speech with The Lumen Brothers (and Sistah, it’s me!): Episode 212: “The New Renaissance”, an interview with my dear friend Bob Bonniol is now online. With Steve and David, we pontificate on: Return to tourism; From “Leko Lane” to XR; The evolution of technology over the past decade; Mix video and lighting; Integrate XR into the live performance; Robert Edmund Jones flashback; Discover a new form of theater; Nickleback; Bob’s Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; How music influenced Bob’s artistic life; Marry your electrician; How MODE works and how it’s rotated; How to train young designers to find creative solutions; “Constraints are gifts”; Work with difficult personalities; Bob’s most powerful influencers; Become a good listener, problem solver and life coach, emotionally survive the pandemic and The key to the future for students.
• USITT: Technically Speaking: YDMT 2021 Series: Costume Designer Erin Barnett: RRecipient of the 2021 Zelma H. Weisfeld Award for Costume Design and Technology, Erin is currently a third-year master’s student in costume design at Indiana University. She has worked as a costume designer and technician with Triad Stage, Jenny Wiley Theater, GLOW Lyric Theater and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. In this episode, we discussed her victory, the favorite costumes she created, and her passion for industry and craftsmanship. Listen now.
• Presentation of ETC’s new product, opening speech by Justin Townsend:
• AVO and DRESS: Robe’s creative team have used Avolites Titan to create their shows and videos for years; Avo told Robe about the brand new Timeline feature. Take a look below:
Conferences and special events:
• USITT21 virtual conference: The USITT Virtually Anywhere 2021 conference was presented live from March 8-12, 2021. The conference is now accessible from virtually anywhere on demand. Available until September 8, 2021. On demand
On-demand webcasts and podcasts:
• Light Talk: Episode 208: The Devil’s Triad: The Lumen Brothers talk about everything from Dimmer Doubling to Dr. Strangelove. Join Steve, Stan and David as they pontificate on: Letters to Light Talk Central; The Beaver Junction Iditarod; “POE Anon”; Stan and Steve fight over Tungsten; What happened to ETC’s Dimmer-Doubling ?; Hitch your wagon to exclusive technology; Enter the cult lighting industry; The Paralyzed Dragon 660; Decide on scripts for educational theater classes and productions; “Not dead, and under 30”; and why can’t DMX use just one wire? Listen now.
• Geezers Of Gear Podcast: The anniversary of Covid Crew … yup 1 year to the day since our first! In March 2020, we gathered this small group of visionary industry leaders – and at the time – we had NO idea what it was for. We just knew we had to talk about this and hopefully provide some advice or insight to people who were quite shocked, anxious, and stressed out. We made some bold (mostly wrong) predictions, but we also said things that ring really true, even today. It’s been a hell of a year … and the gang is thinking, listening to some of our predictions, and continuing to point positively north through the darkness. Presented by GearSource. Listen now.
• Live Design plot lines with Jeff Croiter: Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jeff Croiter shares and discusses the intrigues of his award-winning work for Peter and the Starcatcher. Hosted by Roma Flowers, KOI Award winner / projection designer. Questions and answers via Live Zoom. Register here to watch on demand.
• Broadcast of a light podcast: Host Jason Marin chats with DP Bill Berner about the serious business of lighting comedy. Berner talks about how he creates lighting for TV, how the TV business works, and the protocols he’s working on set during the pandemic. His nearly 40 years of on-camera experience, first as a lighting designer and then as a director of photography, gives him insight and insight into almost every aspect of the job. Listen now.
• Podcast on artistic finance: Taxes with Cory Pattak: This new episode features lighting designers Cory Pattak and Ethan Steimel discussing how to organize and itemize tax receipts. They go line by line through the actual list of categories detailed on their taxes. Once they’ve gone through all 25 items, you can see that it’s not as complicated as it looks. Listen now.
• in 1: podcast episode # 104 Quarantine Happy Hour # 8-UK Edition: Jump over the Atlantic to chat with some amazing UK-based designers. Before that, however, Howell Binkley’s longtime associates Ryan O’Gara and Amanda Zieve join us to talk about the newly established scholarship in Howell’s name and the March 1 deadline to apply. Next, meet at the panel discussion with lighting designer Tim Deiling, stage designer and costume designer David Farley, light designer Lucy Carter, set designer Chiara Stephenson and set designer Andrew Edwards. Hosted by Cory Pattak. Listen now.
• ETC Study Room: Steve Terry discusses with Dave Cunningham the details of ETC Source Four development:
• USITT: No more than 10 out of 12 – Why it’s time to change: A discussion of the decision to change the traditional rehearsal known as 10 out of 12. Sound designer Lindsay Jones, set designer Regina Garcia, actor Rachel Spencer Hewitt and stage manager Lisa Dawn Cave participate in this discussion. Look here.
• Tony Award-winning lighting designer Ken Billington, guest on the Artistic Finance podcast, explains how he handled his personal finances for over sixty years designing on Broadway and running a design studio. With over 100 Broadway shows to his name, not to mention a slew of other shows from Las Vegas to SeaWorld and beyond. It was nominated for Nine Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design and won for the Musical Chicago. Thanks to Ethan Steimel for this interview with one of my favorite LDs. Listen now.
• Featured Podcast: Change the landscape: In 2020, a group of theater designers, directors, actors, directors and technicians produced an open letter titled “We See You White American Theater” and showcased it in the public eye. The letter details the many accumulated transgressions with regard to the theater. -Creators identifying themselves as Black, Indigenous and People of Color, through predominantly white American theater in the United States, and have resounded through management structures, educational institutions and theater production organizations to all levels, sparking a whole new level of audience and inevitable conversation and accountability. Join host Alan Edwards to discuss these topics: Clint Ramos, award-winning stage designer and costume designer and activist; Assistant Dean and Assistant Assistant Professor of Theater Management for the Yale School of Drama and Managing Director of the Yale Repertory Theater Kelvin Dinkins, Jr and Managing Director of the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University Al Heartl ey. Listen now.