Please welcome InCord to
Sustaining membership in USITT. InCord bills itself as a manufacturer
of top-quality safety nets that are made to customers' precise
specifications, priced competitively, and delivered exactly
when customers want them.
InCord is dedicated to helping organizations
prevent life-threatening, costly accidents. Its safety
netting and fall protection equipment helps people comply with
tough regulations such as OSHA's Fall Protection Standard 1926.502.
Visit www.incord.com to learn more about the company and its
Springs Fine Arts Center
USITT is also pleased to
welcome the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center as a new Sustaining
member. Its mission is to be a place for artistic discovery
and entertainment, and its vision is to be a cultural and economic
anchor, providing innovative, world-class programming to an
ever-expanding audience. Christopher Sheley is technical director
for the center, and information about specific programs can
be found at www.csfineartscenter.org.
Breaks Records at Olympics
On August 8, 2008, 8:08
p.m. EST, the moment had finally come: inside the spectacular "Bird's
Nest," the floor began to rise, floating platforms lifted
smoothly, hundreds of dancers, light and rhythm filled
the stadium space - and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
had officially begun. The brilliant opening made a stunning
impression before the eyes of the whole world, which
in part should be credited to the company SERAPID.
With offices in Sterling Heights, Michigan, SERAPID is a supplier
of lift and linear-motion systems and well-known in the international
Sixty-two of SERAPID'S LinkLift 100 lifting
columns elevated the stage area in the Beijing stadium, the
total surface measuring 11,625 square feet. The gigantic structure
might well have set the first world record in the games. The
whole of the stage was divided into ten individual platforms,
their unusual shapes following the ideas of the renowned United
Kingdom-based event-designer Mark Fisher. The Beijing Olympic
project further highlights SERAPID's repertoire of great
stage installations including the Orange County Performing
Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California; the Walt-Disney Concert
Hall in Los Angeles; the Copenhagen Opera in Denmark; and the
Brighton Dome Theatre in the United Kingdom.
Featured Products at PLASA
At PLASA 2008 the TMB stand
housed new brands in TMB's distribution family plus many
other new product offerings! Global manufacturers were
on site, as were TMB sales staff for hands-on demos.
Also featured was the renowned hospitality of TMB
and its gracious PLASA neighbours, Bandit Lites.
TMB Architectural presented a comprehensive
range of products and solutions. Making their PLASA debut were
the new ProTester MOBAL digital cable tester by GDS; the PufferSphere
digital spherical display from Pufferfish; ProPower RBD
portable rubber power distros; ProMotion motor control by GDS
and the ProFan professional high velocity fan with DMX control.
Find out more about TMB and its' products
Technologies at PLASA, LDI
Stage Technologies launched new automation products at this year's PLASA
in London and will feature them at LDI in Las Vegas.
miss the opportunity to see the innovative Flight,
a product designed to bridge the gap between lighting
and automation. In addition, the new Acrobat G6 console
and a range of new Autour control racks designed specifically
for the rental and touring market are featured.
will exhibit at booth 356 at the LDI Show October 24
to 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada.
Seeks "Murphy's Law" Stories
Have you experienced problems,
mishaps, or disasters involving lighting equipment? Wybron wants to hear from you. The lighting company is collecting
stories that illustrate Murphy's Law - the old
adage that says, "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." It's
a truth well-known by those in the live production world.
to www.wybron.com/murphyslaw to share stories of lighting
equipment difficulties and disasters. Five randomly selected
people who fill out the custom survey will each receive a $20
iTunes gift certificate.
Wybron plans to feature the best stories
in an article that discusses how lighting feedback systems
can warn users about problems before they happen. For
more information, visit www.wybron.com or call 719-548-9774.
at Stagecraft Industries
Stagecraft Industries, Inc. has announced that Tom
Apperson, presently Chief Financial Officer, has been named President
of the company. He will manage day-to-day operations and advise CEO and
Chairman of the Board, Mark Walter. Mr. Apperson has an extensive background
in the construction industry, in financial management, and in technology.
He has been with Stagecraft since 1984.
Kevin Shetterly was named a Stagecraft
Corporate Officer. Mr. Shetterly is Sales Manager
for Rigging and Drapery Products. His 15-year career with Stagecraft has
included field installation, project management, estimating, and sales.
He has a degree in theatre technology from the University of Illinois.
Stagecraft Industries is a leading provider of stage
rigging, stage draperies and theatrical lighting
equipment. To learn more visit www.stagecraftindustries.com.
Studios Events for Fall, Beyond.
Cobalt Studios has planned several Specialty Pro Seminars
for the next few months.
Donna Wymore will present All About Foam September
29 through October 3. The Art of Scene Painting - Historic Method - Part
2 will be led by Lance Brockman October 6 to 10. From November 10 to 14,
Theresa Dringenberg will lead Sign Painting for Film and Theatre. The
Anti Freakout Job Market Roundtable is scheduled for February 27 and 28.
Landscape & Mural Painting with Bob Moody will be held April 20 to
More details are available at www.cobaltstudios.net