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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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chip Scott

    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 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Gary Fails

    GaryFailsDMXAfter working for many years as a touring and Broadway electrician, Gary Fails founded City Theatrical, the award winning manufacturer of lighting accessories based in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Tipton, Special Guest

    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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ken Billington

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.