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Malaysian Company Welcomed

Orange Events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a new Sustaining member of USITT. Blurr Wong is managing director of the company which provides, consulting, management, outsourcing, design, event production, and equipment rental.

Orange Events was established in 2000 and has been involved in event production. It stresses excellence and management professionalism in its business. To learn more about the company, visit

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Company Offers Green Products

In an effort to demonstrate a commitment to join the “green” movement, Staging Concepts, Inc. has begun offering products that can be built using “eco-friendly” materials. The materials range from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to steel with a recycled content value as high as 100 percent. These products can contribute towards satisfying several LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits.

In addition, Staging Concepts, Inc. has become a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy.

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Stage Lifts Showcased at LDI

Serapid, Inc., a leader in customized stage lifts and scenery wagons, exhibited its patented, award-winning LinkLift at the 2008 LDI Show in Las Vegas October 24 to 26 as well as its stage wagon systems and telescopic seating module (TSM).

LinkLift lifts stages, platforms, pianos and orchestra pits all over the world. There is a wide range of sizes capable of lifting loads from one to 10 tons. The LinkLift can be as compact as seven inches and extend to lengths of up to 23 feet.

Stage wagon systems feature high transfer speeds and low noise levels. Their silent chain technology, which incorporates effectively sound-proof materials for the chain rollers and guides, allows it to glide along at a whisper.

The TSM is used in telescopic seating and retractable bleacher systems.

For more information about Serapid solutions for stage engineering, call 586-274-0774, e-mail, or visit

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Schuler Shook Names New Principal

Schuler Shook announced the promotion of Giulio Pedota, IALD, IESNA, LC, to principal from senior lighting designer in the firm’s Chicago office.

Mr. Pedota joined Schuler Shook as a lighting designer in 1999, bringing years of experience in technical theatre and electrical engineering. In his new role as principal, he will continue to lead significant lighting design projects and provide leadership and mentoring for new designers.

His current and recent projects include the Chicago Board of Trade Building; Loyola University Madonna della Strada Chapel, Chicago, Illinois; Houston Baptist University; and The Palmolive Building Exterior Lighting, Chicago. He is actively involved in the regional and national lighting design communities and works to promote the field among college students and provide mentoring to designers and interns at Schuler Shook.  He is an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is the immediate past president of the Chicago Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has served as guest lecturer at Columbia College and The Art Institute of Chicago.  He is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

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Unveils GreenScene Products

Protech Theatrical Services, designer of theatrical rigging equipment in Las Vegas, Nevada, announces plans to re-direct its product lines to manufacture “green” products using recycled, organic, and natural materials and methods to create a new line of products. Its first GreenScene products were unveiled at LDI in Las Vegas.

Protech has been a leading designer and manufacturer of theatrical stage equipment for over 20 years. With award winning product designs, Protech leads the industry in its commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. With GreenScene, Protech will continue to research and design innovative products that substantially reduce and eventually eliminate their carbon footprint. For more information, go to or call 702-639-0290.

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Kirkegaard Helps Create Experimental Center

Overlooking the Hudson River and the glorious countryside of upstate New York, the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, held its grand opening October 3 to 19. Located in Troy, New York, this new, state-of-the-art venue will provide the quintessential stage for future melding and exploration of the arts, science, technology, virtual reality, research, and multi-media technologies.

Chicago-based acoustics consulting firm Kirkegaard Associates (KA) had a lead role extensively planning the audio/video infrastructure enabling the connection of a wide range of equipment.  In addition, acoustic recommendations were made concerning surfaces and materials to be used in the computer driven environments, some of which will be capable of delivering presentations utilizing 3-D video installations, immersive activities using 360 degree screens, and  interactive video game engines, robotics and more. 

Kirkegaard Associates is one of the world’s leading acoustics design firms providing comprehensive consulting services for clients seeking the highest quality listening environments. For more information, visit

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Supplier Now Provides Winch System Kits

Hall Stage North America (HSNA), a single-source theatre and entertainment venue rigging equipment supplier, announced the availability of complete winch system kits.

Perfect for new theatres and renovations of existing venues, HSNA winch system kits supply customers with all the necessary components for complete multi-line systems. Theatre operators can custom build winch systems to meet their exact project specifications in the convenience of a single package. Built around Thern clew winches, kits come complete with universal clew plates, guide wires, haul lines and high quality head and loft blocks from Hall Stage. Customers have the added option of choosing between a manual clew winch or powered clew winch system.

Combining Hall Stage’s century of tradition in the European theatre market with Thern, Inc.’s 60 year reputation of manufacturing excellence in the United States, Hall Stage North America is a premiere theatre and entertainment venue rigging supplier. For more information, call 800-843-7648.

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