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LinkLift Installed in Dallas

Serapid LinkLift mechanical lift columns were installed at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater as well as the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

At the Wyly Theater, the lift columns are incorporated into this truly unique performance space to allow directors to change the configuration of the all-glass, vertically stacked building at the push of a button. At the horseshoe-shaped Winspear Opera House, the lift columns are incorporated to allow for a quick switch between opera and musical theatre to dance performances.

For more information, contact SERAPID at 800-663-4514, or visit

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Wybron Hits the Road

The Wybron Mobile Showroom, a custom-built, state-of-the-art enclosure which hit the road for its first leg of stops in October, will provide hands-on demonstration of Wybron offerings and an opportunity for tête-à-tête with lighting professionals, including their local dealers. Most importantly, the Mobile Showroom offers education on the general theory behind and mechanics of professional lighting to an audience who may be unfamiliar with either or both. Stops are currently planned November 2 and 3 in Alexandria, Virginia at Barbizon; November 4 in Hanover, Maryland at Fisher Theatrical; November 5 in Frederick, Maryland and November 6 at Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Wybron also updated its Moiré Gobo Library iPhone application adding Goboland, InLight Grayscale, and GAM Halftone gobos.

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New Faces, Workshops at TOMCAT

TOMCAT USA, Inc announced that Don Dimitroff, formerly sales manager for Columbus McKinnon, joined TOMCAT USA’s team as sales and marketing director. In his new position, he will oversee field sales and marketing.

Brad Barnhill was appointed brand manager. In this capacity, he will coordinate all activities related to new product development and strategic marketing with emphasis in strengthening brand penetration.

The company also announced the return of its Hoist & Truss Workshop for the 2009 LDInstitute. Space is still available for the workshop November 18 and 19 at the LDI Show in Orlando, Florida. For more information on the workshop, visit the LDI site. For more information regarding any of TOMCAT USA’s workshops, contact Lisa Jebsen at 432-681-6725 or via email at

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Thern Offers Improved, New Products

Thern Stage Equipment (TSE) announced its next-generation Clew Winch line sets and its Pilewind Hoist Systems are now available.

The improved line sets deliver the reliability theatre operators have come to expect from TSE with the addition of new features designed for superior performance and security. The latest addition to its innovative line of theatre rigging products, Pilewind line sets provide theatre operators a variety of convenient installation options in a compact system.

To learn more about these products, call TSE at 800-553-2204, e-mail, or visit

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TMB Launched Products at PLASA

TMB launched new products at PLASA 2009. The TMB “Village” featured hands-on demos.

New products include amBIENT XC from amBX, ProShell, Atex LED, ProPlex RMT, ProPlex GBS, Solaris CF-35 strobe, and ProFan.

TMB Architectural displayed a comprehensive range of architectural solutions and showed an array of popular products for the entertainment professional. Find out more about products and services offered by TMB at

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Wins Lighting Design Awards

Auerbach Glasow French, architectural lighting design and consulting firm, has won two international lighting design awards for the newly renovated and reinstalled Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Award of Excellence, one of the highest honors given by that program, was presented May 6. Additionally, the Award of Merit of the International Illumination Design Awards was awarded to the designers by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). The IESNA Award was announced on May 12 and will be presented on November 15 at the IES Annual Conference.

The Wrightsman Galleries hold the museum’s renowned collection of French furniture and decorative arts housed in elegant 18th century rooms.

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Schuler Shook Announces Appointments, Honors

Schuler Shook recently announced a new senior lighting designer in Dallas, Texas as well as another employee being accepted as a full member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC).

Jefferey F. Knox joined Schuler Shook’s Dallas office as a senior lighting designer. He has over 24 years of experience in lighting design, including running his own lighting firm, Luminous Design. His work experience in project management and design in New York City, Los Angeles, and Denver has exposed him to a diversity of project types. His project base is both national and international with well over 200 projects constructed in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. He has taught at New York University School of Continuing Education and served as adjunct faculty at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He continues his own research into the spectral characteristics of light.

Jody Kovalick was accepted as a full member of ASTC at the organization’s forum September 11 to 13 in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Kovalick was upgraded to a full member after exhibiting a broad range of capability and experience to his peers. He has been a theatre consultant for eight years. He was a member of the inaugural class of the ASTC Intern Program while a student in the MFA program at Yale, and was subsequently accepted as an associate member in 2006. He works in the Minneapolis office of Schuler Shook where his current theatre consulting work includes the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts & Education Center in Minneapolis; The American International School, Muscat, Oman; and the University of Mary Washington – Klein Theatre and Dodd Auditorium, Fredericksburg, Virgina.

Also at the ASTC conference, Schuler Shook Theatre Consultant Kimberly Corbett was accepted as an associate member. She is based in Schuler Shook’s Dallas office, and her current projects include Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas, Texas; Lone Star College, Kingwood, Tomball & Montgomery Campuses, Texas; and Lee College Performing Arts Center, Baytown, Texas.

ASTC is chartered to improve the programming, planning and construction of performance venues, to further the interests of owners, users and audiences of theatre, and to promote high standards of practice among its members. ASTC is an organization with close ties to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

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