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2014 Broadway Master Classes Schedules

(Please scroll down for lighting, projection, and sound schedules)

Broadway Lighting Master Classes

A Selected Bibliography: Broadway Lighting Master Classes

Friday, May 30, 2014

Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, NYC

8:15-9am: Registration and continental breakfast

9am-11am: JULES FISHER: DISCOVERING LIGHT: Nine-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer and creative consultant for the BLMC, Jules Fisher reveals his insights into how to see light.

11-11:15am: Break

11:15am -12:30pm: DESIGN INSIGHTS WITH HOWELL BINKLEY: 2014 Tony nominee Howell Binkleycurrently represented on Broadway by After Midnight and Jersey Boys—for which he won a Tony Award for best lighting design of a musical in 2006—discusses his approach to designing the lighting for After Midnight, for which he received this year's Tony nomination.

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch/Manufacturers Showcase

2:30-6:00pm: LDI-NYC: Manufacturers Showcase for lighting gear; open free to all industry professionals.

2:30-4:00pm: BEVERLY EMMONS AND CLIFTON TAYLOR: COLOR AND SPACE: Discover how color can help you define theatrical space. Learn about color, a universal property of light, and how to use it more effectively. This year the color lecture has been updated to use ETC Lustr LED ellipsoidals to demonstrate these properties.

4-4:15pm: Break             

4:15-5:45pm: WENDALL K. HARRINGTON: LOVING MY LUMENS: Lighting and projection share the stage.

8:00pm: Rocky, plus post-show Q&A

Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway, NYC

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Baryshnikov Arts Center

450 West 37th Street, NYC

9:00am-9:30am: Registration and continental breakfast

9:30am-11:00am: LED TECHNOLOGY IN THE THEATRE: Finding The Right Paint Brush: JASON LYONS and JUSTIN TOWNSEND:With the explosion of LED technology as a theatrical lighting source, choosing the right light has become a complicated and time consuming business. How does one narrow choices? What separates the good equipment from the bad? Examining gear from the leading manufacturers, designers Jason Lyons and Justin Townsend will walk you through an objective conversation from a designer’s point of view. This session will discuss and demonstrate the decision-making process, looking not to find the king of the hill, but rather an ability to articulate specific needs for each lighting application.

11am-11:15am: Break

11:15am -12:30pm:  THE NEXT GENERATION: MARK BARTON, JEFF CROITER, JAPHY WEIDEMAN, DAVID WEINER. From 2014 Tony nominee Japhy Weideman (Of Mice And Men) and first-timer Mark Barton (Violet) to Tony-winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher), a panel with some of the younger designers working on Broadway today sit down to discuss the challenges unique to their situation. Moderator: Jules Fisher.

12:30-2:30pm: Lunch/Manufacturers Showcase

2:30-4:00pm: TWYLA THARP AND JENNIFER TIPTON:THE CHOREOGRAPHER AND THE LIGHTING DESIGNER: An informal discussion exploring what each of these world-famous Tony Award-winning talents thinks about light for dance, drama, how they collaborate, how does one communicate about light, examples of success or failure in getting the lighting that you want, and differences between dance, concert, and Broadway musical lighting. Tipton has lit numerous pieces choreographed by the legendary Tharp including In The Upper Room, Fait Accomplit, Brief Fling, and Nine Sinatra Songs

4-4:15pm: Break             

4:15-5:45pm: KEVIN ADAMSHEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH: DRAGGING IT FROM OFF-BROADWAY TO BROADWAY AND LEARNING TO LOVE IT. 2014 Tony nominee, KevinAdamsa three-time Tony Award-winner (American Idiot, The 39 Steps, Spring Awakening)—discusses lighting both the original off-Broadway production of this genre and gender-bending musical as well as the new Broadway incarnation starring Neil Patrick Harris.

6pm: Live Design Lighting Products Of The Year and Excellence Awards: An awards ceremony and reception sponsored by Elation Professional. Includes presentation of The Wally Award to Jules Fisher. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sardi’s Restaurant, 234 W.44th Street, NYC

12 noon-4:00pm (includes a plated luncheon)

12:30pm-2:00pm: CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND: ROCKY: 2014 Tony nominee Christopher Akerlind, Tony Award-winning lighting designer,  (Light In The Piazza) provides an in-depth critique of his lighting design for the Broadway musical, Rocky, for which he received this year's Tony nomination. 

2:30-4:00pm ROCKY: Collaboration Panel with LD Christopher Akerlind and members of the creative team, including 2014 Tony nominee Christopher Barreca, Rocky set designer.

Broadway Projection Master Classes

Monday, June 2, 2014

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, New York City

8:30am-9am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9am-9:15am: Opening Remarks by creative consultant Zachary Borovay

9:15am-10:45am: FOCUS ON BROADWAY I: Zachary Borovay discusses his design for this season’s productions of Waiting For Godot/No Man’s Land, and a sneak preview of his design for the upcoming Broadway musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me.

10:45am-11am: Break

11am-12:30pm: FOCUS ON BROADWAY II: Video designer Ben Pearcy of 59 Productions (War Horse) will discuss 59 Productions’ work on this season’s productions of Big Fish, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, and Les Miserables.

12:30: Live Design Projection Products Of The Year Awards Presentation (in theatre)

12:30-2:30: Lunch and Manufacturers Showcase

2:30pm-6pm: LDI-NYC: Manufacturer Showcase for projection gear open free to all industry professionals.

2:30pm–4:00pm: THE TALE OF THE PROJECTIONIST’S LIFE: Brian Beasley: Local One electrician and video programmer Brian Beasley will give a walk-through of the programming interfaces for some of the more popular media servers used on Broadway today. Along the way he will share some of his legendary tales culled from his 20+ years as a multimedia technician.        

4:00pm–4:15pm: Break        

4:15pm-5:45pm: SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE: HOW DESIGNERS COLLABORATE: Daniel Brodie, Ben Pearcy, Brian Beasley, lighting designer Jason Lyons, and set designer Donyale Werle explain their collaborative process and how it is a team effort for all departments when taking a show from the page to the stage.

8pm: Here Lies Love, plus post-show Q&A

The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

9-9:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30am-11am: FOCUS ON BROADWAY III: Dan Scully (in his Broadway debut) will discuss the design challenges in bringing the German hit musical, Rocky, to America.

11am-11:15am: Break

11:15am-12:45pm: PARTNERING WITH THE SHOP: Lars Pedersen of WorldStage joins designers Daniel Brodie and Dan Scully to discuss the creative process that occurs between the designer and the rental shop. They will go into detail about how they collaborate on the system design including how they work together to choose the right media server, projector, lens, LED product, and more, for the job.

12:45pm-2:30pm Lunch and Manufacturers Showcase

2:30pm-4:00pm: DESIGNERS WHO DO DOUBLE DUTY: Driscoll Otto (lighting and projection designer) and Caite Hevner Kemp (scenic and projection designer) will discuss why they chose to pursue two different design disciplines and what their experience has been as designers who move back and forth (sometimes designing both at once). 

4pm-4:15pm: Break

4:15pm-5:45pm: CREATING IMMERSIVE THEATER: PUTTING THE AUDIENCE IN A STORYTELLING ENVIRONMENT: Projection designer Peter Nigrini will discuss how the content for Here Lies Love was created. He will be joined by lighting designer Justin Townsend and other members of the Here Lies Love creative team to discuss creating a multimedia-heavy, kinetic, immersive storytelling environment.

Broadway Sound Master Classes       

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, New York City

1pm-1:30pm: Registration 

1:30pm–5:30pm: MEYER TRAINING WORKSHOP: Join Meyer Sound for a live-sound system tuning session. Bob McCarthy and Richard Bugg will lead the optimization process using Meyer Sound's SIM™ analyzer, Galileo Loudspeaker Management System, and MAPP Online Pro. The results will be projected on the screen for all to see and participate in the tuning process. This will be a highly interactive, fast-paced tuning process just like it they do it on Broadway, led by folks who have done it on Broadway. We've only got a four-hour call so let's get moving!

8pm-10:30pm:  BULLETS OVER BROADWAY,  plus post-show Q&A        

St. James Theater, 44th Street, NYC

Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:30am–9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9:00am-10:00am: Creative consultant, ABE JACOB: Welcome and Opening Remarks: The Past, Present, and Future Of Theatre Sound Design

10:00-10:15am: Break

10:15am‑11:45am: PETER HYLENSKI: 2014 Tony nominee Peter Hylenski—whose prior Tony Award nominations were for Motown, The Scottsboro Boys, and Rock Of Ages—discusses his sound design for three current Broadway musicals: Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, and After Midnight (for which he received this year's Tony nomination).

11:45pm‑2:30pm: Live Design Sound Products Of The Year AwardsLunch and Manufacturers Showcase 

2:30pm-6:00pm: LDI-NYC: Manufacturers Showcase for sound gear; open free to all industry professionals

2:30pm–4:00pm: UNDERSTANDING LINE ARRAY PROPAGATION: SCOTT SUGDEN of L-Acoustics examines the balance between SPL and tonal balance over distance with a line source array, covering such topics as utilizing the Fresnel Approach to describe the cumulative effects of a line source array and graphical and practical demonstrations of the balance between SPL and tonal balance.

4:00pm–4:15pm: Break           

4:15pm-5:45pm: NEVIN STEINBERG IN CONVERSATION WITH COMPOSER JOHN KANDER: Sound designer Nevin Steinberg, currently represented on Broadway with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, for which he received a Tony nomination, discusses the essential designer-composer relationship with Tony Award-winning composer John Kander (winner for Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Cabaret, and Woman Of The Year). They most recently collaborated on The Landing, a John Kander Musical last fall.

Friday, June 6

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway

8:30‑9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

 9:00am‑11am: COMPOSER/DESIGNER PANEL: MARK BENNETT, LINDSAY JONES, and LEON ROTHENBERG discuss wearing two hats as both composer and sound designer for Broadway shows.

11am-11:15am: Break

11:15am–12:30pm: DAN MOSES SCHREIER: 2014 Tony nominee Dan Moses Scheriermultiple Drama Desk Award-winner (Assassins, Into The Woods) and prior Tony nominee (A Little Night Music, Sondheim On Sondheim, Gypsy)—discusses the challenges in his current productions of A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder and Act One, for which he received this year's Tony nomination.

12:30pm‑2:30pm: Lunch and Manufacturers Showcase  

2:30pm–3:45pm: ASSISTANT SOUND DESIGNERS PANEL with JOSHUA REID, who has assisted on such Broadway productions as: The Snow Geese; I'll Eat You Last, A Chat With Sue Mengers; The Other Place; and The House of Blue Leaves. Panelists include: Anthony Mattana, Alex Neumann, and Will Pickens.

3:45pm-4pm Break

4pm–5:30pm: JOHN TAYLOR (of d&b audiotechnik): THE ART AND CRAFT OF MUSIC MIXING IN A LIVE SOUND ENVIRONMENT: This session will look at how the human hearing system works and what's actually going on when we listen to music, what the aural differences are between listening to un-amplified music and amplified music, and how that informs the way we mix sound. Along the way, we'll look at how we perceive low frequency, is it just with the ears? We'll also consider what differentiates a live sound experience from listening to one's HiFi at home and how that might affect how we mix. This presentation will be supported by: Adrianna Mateo (Violin I), Gokce Erem (Violin II), Caitlin Cribbs (Viola), and Bobbie Crow (Cello). Narrator: Jacob Heimer.

5:30pm-6:00pm: Creative consultant ABE JACOB, hosts a final Q&A in the Tisch lounge

6:30pm‑8pm: Cocktail party and Meyer Scholarship Award Presentation, at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, NYC, sponsored by Meyer Sound








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