January 2012

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January 2012

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United Scenic Artists Local 829: Welcome Member to Sustaining Level

We welcome the increased level of support from United Scenic Artists Local (USA) 829, which recently upgraded its membership to that of Sustaining member. 

USA 829 is the nationwide local of production designers; scenic, costume, and lighting designers; painters; and other artists. It has  contracts with major film studios and independent producers, Broadway and regional theatres, network television and local stations, the Metropolitan and regional opera companies, dance companies, producers of television commercials and industrial films, and scenery studios.

They will be part of USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo again in 2012.

Schuler Shook: Firm Promoted Three

Schuler Shook promoted Joshua Grossman, ASTC, to principal in the firm’s Chicago, Illinois office; and Kimberly Corbett and Harold “Chip” Ulich to project consultants in the Dallas, Texas office.

Joshua Grossman

Mr. Grossman joined the Chicago team as a theatre consultant in 2000, applying his years of technical theatre, special events, and architectural restoration experience to a range of performance projects.  In his new role, he will continue to lead significant theatre planning projects and provide leadership and mentoring for new consultants.  Mr. Grossman’s current and recent projects include the Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago; MIT Music and Theatre Arts Building, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, California; and Sala Beckett, Barcelona, Spain.  He serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Theatre Consultants and works to promote the field of theatre planning through involvement in PLASA, USITT and mentoring theatre consulting interns at Schuler Shook. He has lectured for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Technology. and Columbia College.  He is a graduate of Emerson College. 

Kim Corbett

Ms. Corbett joined the Dallas team as a theatre consultant in 2005, quickly applying her strong communication skills and rigorous attention to detail to each of her projects.  She is a USITT member where she is active in the Architecture Commission, and she represents Schuler Shook on several PLASA Technical Standards Program working groups.  She is a key project manager and consultant on projects such as Dallas City Performance Hall; University of Texas Pan American Fine Arts Academic and Performance Complex, Edinburg, Texas; and Lone Star College Tomball Performing Arts Center, Tomball, Texas. 

Chip Ulich

Mr. Ulich joined Schuler Shook’s Dallas office in 2006. His theatre background includes work as technical director and director of operations at Herberger Theater Center and special projects director for Scottsdale Cultural Council. He is a member of USITT. His recent and current projects include Oklahoma State University Performing Arts Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma; Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center renovation, Scottsdale, Arizona; and McCallum High School Performing Arts Center, Austin, Texas.  

Ultratec Special Effects: Offers Pyrotechnic Video

Ultratec shares the latest Video Reel of Pyrotechnics Effects used in a wide range of applications. The video is just a sampling of the thousands of events that have used pyro as a way to increase the intensity of the production and deliver the best possible production value. Watch the video on YouTube »

Nemetschek Vectorworks: Student Design Competition Accepting Entries

The iSquint.net and Stage Directions magazine Student Lighting Design Competition (SLDC), sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical, and Field Template, is accepting entries. The winner of this second annual competition will receive a prize package including a professional license of Vectorworks 2012 with Renderworks software, a personal license of Lightwright 5 and a single license of Field Template SoftSymbols V3. The winner will also be featured on iSquint.net and Nemetschek Vectorworks’ news site, Planet Vectorworks.

Entries are due March 16 and the winner will be announced at the Long Beach 2012 Conference & Stage Expo on March 29. For more information and to view the complete rules, visit: isquint.net/student-design-competition.

Design entries must be created by a student using Lightwright and Vectorworks software with Renderworks. Full-time students with active and valid college or university IDs can download a free student version of Vectorworks 2012 with Renderworks at student.vectorworks.net. (Students living outside the U.S will be redirected to a local distributor in their country to obtain a student version.) Lightwright also offers a demo version that can be used for producing paperwork for the competition. The demo can be downloaded at: www.mckernon.com.

Entries will be judged by a panel to include lighting designer, writer and editor Justin Lang from iSquint; software engineer and lighting design industry expert Kevin Linzey from Nemetschek Vectorworks; author and lighting designer Steve Shelley of Field Template, developer of Soft Symbols; lighting designer, author and Vectorworks expert Gregg Hillmar; and lighting designer and developer of Lightwright, John McKernon.