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Accepting 2010 Internship Applications

The Hemsley Lighting Programs is now accepting applications for the 2010 Hemsley internship. Applications for the 27th annual internship program with the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and Lincoln Center Festival will be accepted from January 1 through February 15. Interviews for finalists will be held in New York on March 27 in conjunction with the Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review on March 28.

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 2011. The 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, New York, NY 10023; 212-870-4205; e-mail For more information, go to

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International Symposia Seek Contributors

With the aim of initiating and hosting an active, trans-disciplinary discourse on an expanding scenography, the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space invites participation and issued a call for papers for symposia and workshop sessions, Scenography Expanding 1 to 3 in 2010 in Riga, Latvia; Belgrade, Serbia; and Evora, Portugal.

In preparation for the Intersection Project of the Prague Quadrennial in June 2011, researchers in practice and theory are invited to participate in three international scenography symposia.

Scenography Expanding 1 to 3 will be followed up by a peer-reviewed publication comprised of selected speakers` contributions in the form of academic papers and visual essays. Additional information and guidelines for authors are available from

  • Scenography Expanding 1: On Spectatorship, February 25 to 27 at New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga, Latvia; deadline for registration and submission of abstracts was December 15.
  • Scenography Expanding 2: On Artists/Authors July 9 to 11 at BELEF Center and Festival, Belgrade, Serbia; deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is March 15.
  • Scenography Expanding 3: On Curating September 27 to 29 at Festival Escrita na Paisagem and Centro de História da Arte e Investigação Artística (CHAIA), Évora, Portugal; deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is June 15.

Send abstracts of 300 words or less and a short bio to symposia conveners Sodja Lotker, Prague Quadrennial artistic director and to Thea Brejzek, Prague Quadrennial curator for theory

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LDI Raffle Winners Announced

Behind the Scenes, the charitable initiative of The ESTA Foundation, congratulated the winners of the 2009 LDI Raffle.

The Grand Prize ticket for a $7,500 dream vacation was won by Mark McKinney of Lex Products who will share the prize with his wife Tracey Cosgrove who works for Rosco. The ticket was drawn by Rick Rudolph who earlier in the week received the Eva Swan Award.

David Milly, owner of Theatrical Lighting Systems in Huntsville, Alabama, was the winner of the second prize of a $1,500 Amazon gift card, which was drawn by last year’s grand prize winner, Ken Vannice.

John Gebbie of Barbizon Electric was the winner of the third prize, a $1,000 Amazon gift card which was drawn by Matthew Griffiths, managing director of PLASA.

For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit

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ESTA Board, PERA Council, Election Results

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) announced the election results for its 2010 Board of Directors. Elected to their first terms were Manufacturer Director Charlie Davidson, chief operating officer for ARRI Inc., and Professional Services Director Jules Lauve, an associate at Theatre Projects Consultants.

Re-elected to second terms were Secretary Fred Mikeska, vice president of U.S. sales and marketing for A.C. Lighting Inc.; Dealer Vice President Dinna Myers, director of sales and marketing for Musson Theatrical; and Dealer Director Steven Way, president and co-owner of ALPS / Advanced Lighting & Production Services.

The new Board members take office on January 1, 2010.

ESTA also announced the election results for the 2010 PERA Council. Elected were: Carly Barber, Illumination Dynamics, San Fernando, California; Daniel Gurzi, Abel Cine Tech, New York, New York; Greg Meyers, Cinequipt, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota; JR Reid, JR Lighting, Las Vegas, Nevada; John Rule, Rule Boston Camera, Boston, Massachusetts; Mark Tye, Citation Support, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee; and Mark Wofford, Production Consultants & Equipment, Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information about the PERA Council, visit

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Members Choice Winners

The winners of the 2009 ESTA Members’ Choice Awards were announced November 21 at the LDI and ESTA Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize newly released, outstanding entertainment technology products in three categories: Expendable, Widget and Equipment. Voting was open to all employees of ESTA member companies who attended the LDI show.

The 2009 winners are:

  • Expendable Category: Robo Glue from Rose Brand -- a fast setting, non-toxic water based adhesive that dries clear.
  • Widget Category: SRI ProPlus Crossover Fullbody Fall Arrest Harness from Sapsis Rigging, Inc.
  • Equipment Category: LightConverse 3D Virtual Show Platform v40 from LightConverse Ltd. -- software used for integrating and visualizing multiple show related disciplines in real-time.

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