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Hemsley Internship Available

The Gilbert V. Hemsley Jr. Internship in Lighting will accept applications for the 25th annual Internship Program with the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and the Lincoln Center Festival.

Applications for the internship will be accepted from January 1 through February 15. Interviews for finalists will be held in New York in late March or early April. Candidates should submit a resume, a one-page statement of personal goals and anticipated benefits from the internship, and three letters of recommendation. The selected intern will begin in June and continue until the end of February 2009. The program includes working experience as a member of the lighting staff with the Lincoln Center Festival, the New York City Opera, and the New York City Ballet, as well as additional opportunities outside of Lincoln Center. More information can be found on the website

Gilbert Hemsley dedicated his life to training young theatre professionals. For 20 years the internship has continued his legacy by offering a unique experience to young designers. The Intern program provides the opportunity to work in a professional repertory situation with resident and guest designers. Additional opportunities may include touring and media events. A monthly stipend is provided in addition to travel expenses.

To submit an application or for further information contact: Mark Stanley, Resident Lighting Designer, New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center, NYC, NY 10023; 212-870-4205; e-mail

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ESTA Foundation Offers Technical Training

The ESTA Foundation announces "Mid-Atlantic Technical Training Week '08," a six-day schedule of courses for lighting programmers, technicians, and electricians, as well as arena and stage riggers. The training will be held January 21 through January 26 at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland (12 miles from Washington D.C.) and is co-sponsored by The ESTA Foundation's Seminars and Training Committee and Theatre & Entertainment Technology at Prince George's Community College.

The courses will be taught by industry experts and representatives from A.C.T Lighting will present grandMA console training.

G. Anthony Phillips of IA Local 16, certified arena rigger and an ETCP recognized trainer, will present a full-day workshop, Arena Rigging Math Fundamentals, for rigging in arenas, ballrooms, convention centers, and theatres. Rigging expert Jay O. Glerum of Jay O. Glerum & Associates Inc., recognized trainer, will present a two-day class on stage rigging. A.C.T Lighting will present two days of grandMA lighting console training. Richard Cadena, certified entertainment electrician and ETCP recognized trainer, will present the three-day Entertainment Electrician Training Seminar that covers the concepts of electrical theory, power distribution, and networking.

Course descriptions, fees and the registration form are available at

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Work Starts on Fog Standard

The Fog & Smoke Working Group voted November 17 to start the process of reaffirming ANSI E1.5 - 2003, Entertainment Technology - Theatrical Fog Made with Aqueous Solutions of Di- and Trihydric Alcohols.

The standard describes the composition of theatrical fogs or artificial mists that are not likely to be harmful to healthy performers, technicians, or audience members of normal working age. It is limited to those fogs and mists made from a solution of water and one or more dihydric or trihydric alcohols (i.e., glycol or glycerin). The current standard is available on the ESTA website for free at Although no changes are planned at this time for the document, ANSI requires that the start of any project be announced so that parties who might be affected can comment or become involved if they wish. Anyone who who would be materially affected by the reaffirmation of this standard is invited to join the Fog & Smoke Working Group. Information about joining working groups and a link to the working group membership application form are available at Anyone wishing to comment on this reaffirmation or object to the reaffirmation because it is unnecessary or conflicts with another American National Standard, is invited to send comments in writing to the Technical Standards Manager at The deadline for comments is January 13.

For more information, contact Karl G. Ruling, Technical Standards Manager, ESTA, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1005, New York, NY 10001; 212-244-1505; fax 212-244-1502;

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