December 2011

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December 2011

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Automation FX: New Sustaining Member

We welcome Automation FX as a new Sustaining member of the organization and a new exhibitor at Stage Expo.

Automation FXThe company, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada has been supplying quality automation products and systems to the theatrical and entertainment industry for over 20 years. The company offers a wide range of products from, pneumatic components and systems to electric motors and sensors... and its world renowned AirPux 2 scenery moving system.

Automation FX works with the smallest non-profit theatres to the largest world-wide productions. Whether you are a theatre, scene shop, motion picture or school, the company always offers top notch service and support for its customers.

A spokesperson notes "We look forward to automating your imagination! Please visit us at"

Big Image Systems: Returns to Sustaining Level

We also welcome Big Image Systems as a returning Sustaining member.  The company, headquartered in Sweden with offices in Germany, now also has an office St Louis Park, Minnesota.  It offers large format printing on flexible materials.

Learn more at

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.: Offers Spanish, Other Languages for Software

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. released a Spanish-language version of the Vectorworks 2012 line of design software, including: Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, Fundamentals and Renderworks. The Spanish-language version will be available this month throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, and Spain.

This version provides the Vectorworks Spotlight and Machine Design user interface elements in Spanish, and the existing translation has been further improved to provide a more technically and contextually accurate product.

For Spanish-language brochures, FAQs, videos and other marketing materials, visit To learn more about Vectorworks 2012 software, visit To check for Spanish-language availability from a local distributor, visit

The company also announced that a number of its European distributors have released localized versions of the 2012 Vectorworks software.  Versions in each country's native language are now available in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Pathway Connectivity: Ethernet Product Recently Introduced

The newest Pathway Connectivity DMX-over-Ethernet product, the Pathport Quattro was recently introduced by.Acuity Brands, Inc. This innovative product provides real-time, interoperability solutions between sophisticated lighting control systems. A compact, four-port node, the Pathport Quattro product runs on Power-over-Ethernet, making it suitable for truss, desktop, or wall mount installation. Pathway designs and manufactures innovative electronics that enable lighting control systems to communicate with intelligent lighting fixtures and power devices, even when those products utilize different communications protocols.

For additional information, visit Acuity Brands and Pathway Connectivity online.


TOMCAT: Marks 25 Years

For 25 years TOMCAT has specialized in the fabrication of aluminium truss and structural components for the entertainment, audiovisual, exhibition and worship industries, as well as providing related products such as theatrical chain hoists, custom electric assemblies, lighting products and rigging hardware.

TOMCAT has been part of the United Kingdom-based Vitec Group plc since 2006 and works closely with its sister staging companies Litec and Brilliant Stages to provide total show solutions to customers all over the world.

Visit the company’s new website at

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas: Names Operations Manager

Danny Colosky will join Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas as operations manager for 2012. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he was both an actor and a technician.  While there, he worked as the yard manager at the local McCoy's Building Supply, worked in the theatre department’s scene shop, and completed a BFA degree. Additionally, while at the university, Mr. Colosky designed the set for a production of Smokey Joe’s Café  that advanced to the regional conference of KCACTF.

After graduation, he worked as a carpenter and automation technician at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He was employed there for five years before accepting his current position as scene shop supervisor and clinical instructor at Oklahoma State University. 

For additional information, visit or a call 702-388-7458.