Author: Jason Livingston

Equity Announces Principles to Support Safe and Healthy Productions

On May 26th, Actors' Equity Association, usually just referred to as Equity, the union for theatre actors and stage managers across the country, recently announced that theater in America should not resume until there is fast, reliable testing for the novel coronavirus and widespread contact tracing.

Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources

Over the past couple of months, many organizations have written white papers and/or set up web pages on the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts, reopening, bringing audiences back and more.  I thought it would be helpful to bring them together into one post.  So, here are summaries and links to some of the better resources.  I hope at least one is helpful to you.  Obviously newer information will be the most relevant, but the older information is still very useful.

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is Available

The Event Safety Alliance recently published a 30-page The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide. The guide is intended to help event industry professionals who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The document covers a wide range of topics, from patron education to worker health and hygiene to production issues.

Some of the guidance is scalable, meaning it can be applied equally to events of any size. Where they had to choose, they focused on the circumstances of smaller, local events that will reopen first. Consequently, the Reopening Guide emphasizes things people can do rather than things they can buy, since money is likely to be especially tight for smaller events and venues that have been closed and may only partially reopen. 

The Guide is available for free download.

Studio T+L's Shakespeare Challenge

Last weekend a group of us were having Zoom Cocktails.  We were talking about the quarantine challenges we had tried.  30-day yoga challenge (failed!).  30-day cocktail challenge (passed!).  We were also talking about having exhausted the offerings on Netflix, Prime, etc.  We agreed that Broadway HD is a good option, although sometimes clunky and prone to freezing.  Then we came up with a new one: The 38-week Shakespeare Challenge.  Read one Shakespeare play a week until we've worked our way through them all or we're all released from confinement and can go outside again.  Here are the details.  Join us!

Include the Arts in COVID Relief

Over the past few weeks I’ve spoken to theatre managers, artistic directors, production coordinators, and theatrical equipment manufacturers.  No one knows how they’re going to get through this.  When will theatres be permitted to reopen?  How long before audiences are comfortable returning to the theatre?  How long can arts organizations continue without income?  What’s going to happen to corporate, governmental and individual support if theatre companies aren’t presenting to the public?  When will theater companies have the money to renovate, expand or buy new equipment?

LEDucation Postponed

Due to growing concerns of COVID-19 in the lighting industry and the New York community, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York is postponing the LEDucation 2020 Trade Show and Conference that had been scheduled for March 17 - 18.

LEDucation Update

LEDucation this year is on March 17 and 18 at the New York Hilton Midtown where our Jason Livingston be part of two presentations.  The first, at 9 am on Tuesday morning with Wendy Luedtke of ETC, is a seminar called Specifying Color Rendering with TM-30's New Annex E.  The session presents the new ANSI/IES TM-30 Annexes E and F, which apply recent research to identify three color rendering design intents (Fidelity, Preference, and Vividness) and provides specifiers with TM-30 values to achieve them alone or in combination. Our goal is to increase awareness of Annexes E and F and to help attendees better understand their contents and use. The seminar is most appropriate for people with some prior knowledge of TM-30, although there will be a brief TM-30 overview for those who are new to the topic.

Designing With Light Now Available in Chinese

Designing With Light by our principal Jason Livingston has just been published in Simplified Chinese!

Using TM-30 to Improve Your Lighting Designs

Recently, ANSI/IES TM-30 was improved with the addition of Annexes E and F.  Annex F reviews and summarized five studies that explored using TM-30 metrics to predict subjective visual outcomes.  Annex E uses that research to establish recommended specification criteria when the designer's color rendering goals are Preference, Vividness and/or Fidelity.  

What Do Broadway's Best Lighting Designers Actually Do?

I missed this article in Forbes when it was first published last fall, but it's a great overview of a stage lighting designer's role as told by some of today's leading designers.

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