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  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chip ScottCHARLES SCOTT (Lighting Designer) is the Chair of the Entertainment Technology Department and Professor of Lighting Design and Technology at City Tech, CUNY. He specializes in automated lighting, CAD skills and pre-visualization for designers and technicians. He is a producer of The Gravesend Inn, a Haunted Hotel at City Tech and also designs and automates the animated characters. Chip has designed lighting for dozens of musical theatre productions and the 2007 revival of The Mystery of Irma Vep (Off/Off/B’way), Perry Dance; NY Fringe Festival; Independent Films, NY Fashion Shows; Forged in Fire with Okello Kelo Sam and Dylan at City Tech’s Theatreworks; Gray Wig (at Hofstra Univ.);

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer TiptonJennifer Tipton (Lighting Designer) is well known for her work in theater, dance and opera. Her recent work in opera includes Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE directed by Bart Sher at the Metropolitan. Her recent work in dance includes Alexei Ratmansky’s SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY for American Ballet Theater and the San Francisco Ballet. In theater her recent work includes Richard Nelson’s first Gabriel Family plays at the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York. Her recent work on Broadway is THE TESTAMENT OF MARY starring Fiona Shaw. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. She received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2001, the Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and in April 2004 the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City. In 2008 she was made a United States Artists “Gracie” Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.   

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • thumb PilbrowRichard is a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain and his work has been seen in London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Moscow. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, Zorba. He was the lighting designer of the Hal Prince hit revival of Show Boat on Broadway (Drama Desk Award, Outer Circle Critics Award-lighting), in Toronto (Dora Award - Outstanding Lighting) and on tour throughout the US (NAACP Award for Lighting).

    In 2016 Richard lit the 60th Anniversary production of My Fair Lady, directed by Dame Julie Andrews, at the Sydney Opera House. Richard Pilbrow also lit the Cy Coleman musical The Life, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He was lighting designer for Our Town with Paul Newman at the Westport Playhouse, on Broadway and for a hi-definition video for PBS. In 2006 Richard was lighting designer (with Dawn Chiang) on the USA National tour of The Boy Friend for Goodspeed Summer Musicals, for which he also lit Where’s Charley? and Very Good Eddie.

  • 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.

  • Scott C. ParkerScott C. Parker: has been a freelance lighting designer for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Event Lighting for IMS Technology Services. Scott produces the annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday workshop in New York City, co-founded with the infamous Sonny Sonnenfeld in 2005. Scott served as Chair for the USITT NY Area Section and is active at the annual USITT national conferences. Rutgers, Temple, Columbus State, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Pace, City Tech, City College, Edward R. Murrow School, and Berkeley Carroll School have all enjoyed, or put up with, his teaching.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.