January 2015

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January 2015

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Amplification on USA-USITT PQ Credits

Rick Thomas, who was listed as the sound designer for a production which will be included in the upcoming USA-USITT National Exhibit, has provided additional information about the production of Choices, at thEDMatre, at Purdue University.

Rick notes that he was the creator and director, but only one of a large group of collaborators who created the aural aspects of the show. The impressive list of participants and the range of tasks they accomplished bear this out.

We are delighted to acknowledge:

  • Composers:
    Michael Barnard, Alex Diaz, Ryan Hopper, Michael Leathers, Laura Ramiro Moreno, Trent Marshall, Rick Thomas
  • Lyrics:
    Tyler Adams, Chynna Fry, Ryan Hopper, Andrew Martin, Laura Ramiro Moreno, Abbey Vieck, Michael Leathers, Alex Diaz, Zach Hellman, Rick Thomas
  • Sound Reinforcement Design:
    Travis Roon; Sound Score Design: Alex Diaz; Sound Re-recording and Post Production: Rick Thomas

Article Examines Scenic Artist Training

Karen Maness, a member of USITT’s Board of Directors, has published an article in Perspective, the magazine of the Art Directors Guild. She and co-author Richard Isackes wrote “A heritage explored and recovered” as part of the scenic artist oral history project and in conjunction with their ongoing research of Hollywood motion picture scenic artists. The article, which focuses on the legacy of motion picture scenic artist training, can be found here on page 58.

Congratulations to Opera News winners

Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year’s honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala April 19 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award winners Martina Arroyo, Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the education programs of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, which has published Opera News since 1936. A portion of each ticket purchase is tax-deductible as allowed by law. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit the Opera News website or call 212-769-7062.