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Howell Binkley

Howell BinkleyHowell Binkley (Lighting Designer): Broadway works include: Hamilton (2016 Tony Winner), A Bronx Tale, After Midnight (2014 Tony nomination), A Christmas Story, Magic/Bird, Jesus Christ Superstar, How To Succeed... starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination,) Lombardi, Million Dollar Quartet, All About Me, Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Guys and Dolls, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Crybaby, Xanadu, LoveMusik, The Farnsworth Invention, Bridge & Tunnel, Jersey Boys (Tony Award Winner), Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Avenue Q, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms,

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Natasha Katz, Special Guest

Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz has designed lighting for many varieties of entertainment, including Broadway, dance, opera, concerts, regional theatre, off-Broadway, Las Vegas, TV and permanent lighting installations. She is a six-time Tony Award winner whose recent Broadway credits include: Frozen, Meteor Shower, Springsteen on Broadway, Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler), Cats, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, School of Rock, An American in Paris, Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage, Aida, and Beauty and the Beast.

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Brian MacDevitt Special Guest

Amongst the nearly 70 Broadways shows Brian designed are Blackbird directed by Joe Mantello, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, A Fish In The Dark written by and starring Larry David, Death of a Salesman directed by Mike Nichols starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington. For the MET Opera Brian designed Enchanted Island, Dr. Atomic et al. He also designed, Sucker Punch at the Studio in DC and The Maryland Opera Studio’s Miss Havisham’s Fire and Postcards from Morocco. He designed The Book of Mormon and received his fifth Tony Award for Best Lighting.

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Ken Billington, Special Guest

Ken BillingtonKen Billington started his career with the off-Broadway hit Fortune and Men's Eyes. Since then he has designed over 80 Broadway and 70 Off-Broadway shows including Chicago,Fame, Lily Tomlin in The Search for Signs..., Footloose, Candide, Annie, Foxfire,Tru, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim, On the Twentieth Century, Annie Warbucks, Sylvia,London Suite, and Snoopy. Other projects include Fantasmic! at Disneyland, Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas supervising Riverdance and for 26 years the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Ken is the recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics, and Ace Awards and the Lumen for his architectural lighting.

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Donald Holder

donald holderVia Wikipedia: Donald Holder is an American lighting designer in theatre, opera, and dance based in New York. He has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning the 1998 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for The Lion King. He won a second Tony in 2008 for the revival of South Pacific.[1] His lighting design for Ragtime has been nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical.[2] Additional Broadway credits include: Big Fish, Annie (revival), Golden Boy, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Arcadia, The Motherf**cker With The Hat, Promises, Promises, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Radio Golf, The Little Dog Laughed, Movin' Out, The Times They Are a-Changin', A Streetcar Named Desire, Holiday,Cyrano de Bergerac, and Prelude to a Kiss.[1]He was the theatrical lighting designer for seasons one and two of the NBC-Universal Television Series: 'Smash.'

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Stacey Boggs

Stacey Boggs

Stacey Boggs is a New York based Lighting Designer. She is currently the Lighting Supervisor for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She has also worked as a Lighting Supervisor for The Wooster Group and as the Technical and Lighting Director for Ailey II. She has designed for choreographers Bill T. Jones, Troy Powell, Robert Moses, Christopher Wheeldon, Carlos Dos Santos, Chang Yong Sung, and Stephane Boko.

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Dawn Chiang

Dawn Chiang designed the lighting on Broadway for “Zoot Suit”, was co-designer for “Tango Pasion”, and associate lighting designer for “Show Boat”, “The Life” and the original production of “La Cage Aux Folles”. Off Broadway, she has designed for the Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and co-designed the first two seasons of the “Encores!” concert musical series at City Center.

Dawn was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera, where her designs included “A Little Night Music” and “Fanciulla del West”. She is the lighting designer for the award winning FDNY Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center, New York. She has worked on the concert tours of Paul Anka, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, and Loggins and Messina.

She has designed the lighting at numerous regional theaters including Arena Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum.

Dawn has earned two Drama-Logue Critics' Awards, Lighting Designer of the Year from the Syracuse Area Live Theatre Awards, and nominations for the San Francisco Drama Critics’ Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the American Theatre Wing Award for Design.

She has served on the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group and is a mentor for the Theater Development Fund’s “Open Doors” outreach program to New York City high school students.

Dawn is a senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants, where she served as project manager for two of the largest water based permanent shows — “House of Dancing Water” in Macau and the Han Theatre in central China.

Peter M. Borchetta

Pete Borchetta’s passion for lighting over the past three decades has led him to numerous job positions in the theatrical and architectural lighting industry. He has served the industry as a Theatrical and Architectural Lighting designer, Theatrical Lighting Professor, Theatrical Lighting Consultant, and Product Innovation Manager.

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Sonny Sonnenfeld - Founder

Sonny SonnenfeldSonny was a theatrical lighting salesman, a teacher, an author, and a practitioner. Sonny was the New York City sales manager for Century Lighting (now Strand), a partner in Lighting & Electronics, and a sales representative for Colortran, ETC, Wybron, and again at Strand. Sonny founded the Broadway Lighting Master Classes. Sonny taught architectural lighting at the Pratt Institute and anchored the studio lighting chapter of the 5th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook.

Sonny authored many articles on theatre lighting, including “Dimmer per Circuit” and “Moving Lights, Has Their Time Come?” He was chairperson of the IESNA Theatre Lighting sub committee and he created the Broadway Lighting Master Classes, which attracted over 150 students from all over the world.

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Miles Dudgeon

Miles Dudgeon is an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician, and is currently the Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for Altman Lighting. He has extensive experience in electrics departments for regional theatre, and across the spectrum of live entertainment, from large televised events to small experimental pieces. He has held sales, marketing, and product development roles at lighting manufacturers, and at theatrical supply companies. Miles has a BFA in Lighting Design from Purchase College.

 

Sean Dane

Sean Dane discovered how easy wireless dimming can be while working at Kansas City Repertory Theatre as the Props Foreman. Today, Sean is Sales Director and Application Specialist for RC4 Wireless. At the Rep, he specialized in small electronics, carpentry, metal work, computer graphics and period-specific properties acquisition. Outside of his duties at the KC Rep Sean oversaw graduate design students from the University of Missouri Kansas City while doing their GTA in props.

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Chris Curran

Chris CurranChris Curran has over 25 years of experience in professional entertainment production, from onsite production coordination to operations management, and now sales and support with focus on media server technology.

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Sam Kusnetz

Sam KusnetzSam Kusnetz is an associate sound designer working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the country. He's also the project manager for QLab and the founder of Team Sound.

Nick Gonsman

Nick Gonsman works for ETC in New York City, where he specializes in control, integration, and networking. He designs lighting infrastructures, data distribution systems, and writes education content for controls. In the field, he conducts advanced trainings at venues and Education Center events, and supports user needs around NYC and the Northeast. Internally, he sits on the Eos Family Advisory Team, as well as the Controls Steering Team. Outside of ETC, Nick freelances as a designer and programmer for theatre, dance, television, and live events in the city. In his copious free time, Nick likes to make his own wine.

Thomas M. Casazza

Tom CasazzaThomas M. Casazza is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Altman Lighting, Inc.  With Altman since May, 2010, Tom manages dealer and commercial sales within the Northeastern US  from Delaware to Maine and extending into the eastern provinces of Canada. He is an active member of the NY Chapter of the IES and serves on the organizational committee for its annual LUMEN Awards gala.

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Diana Kesselschmidt

Diana KesselschmidtDiana Kesselschmidt, has designed lighting for over 15 years and for hundreds of productions in theater, dance, opera, concerts, tours, events, fashion, conferences, and industrials.

Her work has been featured at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, New York Town Hall Theatre, Huntington Theatre, The Highline Ballroom, 30+ productions at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, Queens Theatre in the Park, Boston Playwrights Theatre 59 East 59th St., Harvard University’s Bright Hockey Arena, Cortland Rep., Abrons Art Center., Theatre At St. Clement’s, HB Playwrights Theater, Cape Rep Theatre

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Steve Short

Steve is a principal of Lite-Trol Service, has also been in the Lighting Control Field Service business since forever and has been an employee of Lite-Trol Service since 1977. Learning the Lighting Control Field Service trade from the ground up. Lite-Trol Service has provided factory and non-factory Field Services for ETC, Genlyte (now the parent company of Strand Lighting), Leviton-NSI-Macro-Colortran, Lithonia, Skirpan, Gallagher, Ward Leonard, Stage-Brite, Lutron, Luxtrol and many more since 1959. Steve has served as Lite-Trols' Service Manager since 1986.

Bill Sapsis

Bill SapsisBill "Uncle Bill" Sapsis: welder, rigger, company president, author and one of the founding members of the Long Reach Long Riders, has been involved in the entertainment industry for 40 years. In 1981 he started Sapsis Rigging, Inc. and developed the company into an internationally recognized leader in the design and installation of stage equipment. Bill's seminar program has also garnered worldwide recognition. Bill is a USITT Fellow and a past member of the USITT Board of Directors. He is a current member of the ETCP Council and Chair of the Rigging Working Group for PLASA NA.

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Jeremy Kumin

JK Show FloorFor the past 12 yrs Jeremy has owned and operating a small business, 8 of them serving NYC area. He has worked with many nationally prominent corporate and not-for-profit clients and lit hundreds of celebrities.

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Gillian Koch

Gillian KochGillian has been in and around the industry for most of her life. A freelancer for ten(ish) years, she bounced between carpentry and electrics, dabbling occasionally in sound and video departments and making pretty colors with lighting design. More recently, she completed her IATSE Local One Apprenticeship at Radio City Music Hall, and has since found employment as one of RCMH’s house electricians. For fun she enjoys picking things up and putting them down again, driving heavy machinery, and talking to inanimate objects while attempting to fix them.

Bobby Harrell

Bobby HarrellBobby Harrell (Lighting Designer and Programmer) has worked on Broadway for the past 10 years and in opera, dance, theatre and industrials for 25 years. Broadway productions include Enron, The Year of Magical Thinking, Exit The King, Spring Awakening, The Seagull, Tale of Two Cities, The Seafarer, Two And Only, History Boys, Medea, Vincent in Brixton, Democracy, Jane Eyre, Private Lives, The Iceman Cometh, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty and The Wild Party. Other credits include Lincoln Center Festival, The National Theatre in London, San Francisco Opera and the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Charles Kirby

Charles Kirby graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University’s Visual and Performing Arts College and has been a Production Designer for theater and film ever since. He assisted some of the great Broadway and West End designers, joined the Art Department of a few feature films along with doing his own work downtown. At NYU, while getting an M.F.A at Tisch, he developed a tactile process for teaching and designing lighting and scenery concurrently. LIGHTBOX uses LEDs in miniature, lensed fixtures to mimic the lighting fixtures in a full-scale performance space. It has been incorporated in to a couple hundred design programs around the world to teach collaboration. owner and principal designer for Thematics, LLC, (www.thematics.net) a full service production design firm based in New York City. In 2002, he began a manufacturing wing of the company in order to produce the LIGHTBOX, a patent-pending LED/fiber-optic model lighting design system. (www.seelightbox.com) He has designed for feature films (www.charleskirbydesigns.com), off Broadway and regional theatre, as well as architectural installations. He is a Wally Award winner for innovation in the Entertainment Design industry and the inaugural recipient of the Kurt Lundell Design Award. He has been an adjunct professor at Five Towns College, an Artistic Director at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts and Teacher at Collegiate School where he started their Film Production program. Right now he is the Director of Theater Technology at EC Fieldston School. He is the proud father of teenage twins, Anna and Max.

John Huntington

John HuntingtonJohn Huntington is a (full) Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Through his consulting company, Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an entertainment and show control systems consultant, author, and sound designer/engineer.

Huntington's book, Control Systems for Live Entertainment, was first published by Focal Press in 1994; a second edition was released in 2000, and a third major update was released in 2007. The book was the first on the topic of entertainment control and show control, and continues to be the leading book in the field. In 2012, Huntington released a major, self-published update to the book and retitled it Show Networks and Control Systems.

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Anne E. McMills

Anne McMillsAnne E. McMills’ lighting career extends across the many facets of the lighting world – from theatre (including Broadway and the West End) to television and theme parks to architecture, industrials, concerts, awards shows, dance, and opera. In addition to designing her own work, Anne has assisted many award-winning Broadway lighting designers such as Ken Billington, Brian MacDevitt, Howell Binkley, Peter Kaczorowski, Jason Lyons, David Lander, and Brian Monahan. She has mounted productions throughout the United States, the U.K., Japan, Australia, and Germany.

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John Gebbie

John GebbiePrior to joining Barbizon Electric Company's Systems Division in 1997, Mr. Gebbie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He worked on a freelance basis for the CBS Soap Opera Guiding Light.

John also worked for Strand Lighting as Technical Specialist on several projects, including the Broadway musical Ragtime, the Philadelphia Academy of Music and Bally's Wild, Wild West Casino in Atlantic City.

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Fabiano Besio

Besio has 19 years of experience in professional lighting.

His extensive knowledge about lighting has made him a much sought-after speaker and he frequently conducts

lectures and talks about lighting. Amongst its industry colleague

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Chad Tiller

Chad TillerChad Tiller is Rosco's Account Representative for Metro New York City.  Over the past five years, he has guest lectured at many colleges and universities including New York University, Boston University, Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson, School of Visual Arts, CUNY-City Tech, and Bronx Community College.

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Andrew Nikel

Al NikelAndrew Nikel is the Sales Manager for City Theatrical, Inc. - Andrew graduated from Connecticut College and started as a master electrician in regional theater in New Jersey before moving into sales at Production Arts, VLPS and PRG. He's worked as a volunteer EMT and a member of his local Domestic Violence Victim Response Team. He's active in Scouting and at church.

 

Rich Dale

Rich Dale - ApolloRich Dale is a sales rep with Altman Lighting. He was the Lighting Design Representative at Apollo Design Technology, providing creative, technical, and product training assistance on Apollo products to lighting professionals and students within the entertainment and academic arenas. Mr. Dale spent twelve years at Walt Disney World Company where he held various positions, including lighting designer, lighting director, lighting crew chief, production manager, and project manager within its numerous resorts and the cruise line.

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Paul Rabinovitz

Paul RabinovitzPaul Rabinovitz is Vice President of Ballantyne Strong's lighting group. He has been involved in high intensity lighting for over 15 years and entertainment lighting for over 30 years. Paul graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Broadcasting and has been active with ESTA (now PLASA) for many years. Before joining Ballantyne Strong he worked in Hollywood at Xenotech and before that was Vice President of Teatronics.

 

Kevin Lee Allen

Kevin Lee AllenKevin Lee Allen is an EMMY Award winning scenic and lighting designer who works in theatre, film, television, themed architecture, trade shows, museum exhibits, and special events. Mr. Allen is the author of the Getting Started Guide to Vectorworks Spotlight 2011.

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James Smith

Jim SmithJames David Smith is an independent electronics design consultant, and the chief product developer at RC4 Wireless.  He specializes in wireless and battery-operated technology for arts, entertainment, and industry.

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Jim Streeter

Jim Streeter Jim Streeter is currently the Production Manger for Film and Performance Theatre located in Frist Campus Center at Princeton University. Mr. Streeter has been the Lighting Designer/Master Electrician for Princeton University's Program in Theater and Dance, where he designed the lighting for productions of A Test of Love, A Little Night Music, Cabaret, Yankee Dawg, You Die, The Vagina Monologues, The Crucible, The Duchess of Malfi, HAMLETMACHINE, Twelfth Night, The Maids, A Delicate Balance, Happy Days, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull and premieres of student works Who Am I Without You, Chamber Music, Mixed Drinks, Invitation to the Blues, Utopia Parkway, Shadowman, The Tire Iron(Beer,Pool and Darts), Of Beauty Born and T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland.

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Maryalyce Merritt

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Maryalyce has worked in the Theatrical Entertainment Industry for 23 years.  She spent early years working in some of the professional theatres of Long Island as a Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, or Technical Director.  Then going to work for production companies, she gained experience in other design & technical positions, and went on to work for several prominent theatrical lighting manufacturers, where she spent 20 years in customer service, technical sales, and customer development.  Striving to keep her knowledge and skills current with industry standards, Maryalyce takes technical classes whenever possible.  She also has more than 20 years of teaching and instructional experience of other subjects.