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Lighting Technician
Electrical lighting technicians (ELT) or simply lighting tech., are involved with rigging stage and location sets and controlling artificial, electric lights for art and entertainment venues (theatre or live music venues) or in video, television, or film production.[1][2][3][4][5][6] In a theater production, lighting technicians work under the lighting designer and master electrician. In video, television, and film productions, lighting technicians work under the direction of the gaffer or chief lighting technician who takes their direction from the cinematographer. In live music, lighting technicians work under the lighting director
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Sunday In The Park With George
Sunday in the Park with George
Sunday in the Park with George
is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
and book by James Lapine. It was inspired by the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. The plot revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, who immerses himself deeply in painting his masterpiece, and his great-grandson (also named George), a conflicted and cynical contemporary artist. The Broadway production opened in 1984. The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production
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Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd
is a fictional character who first appeared as the villain of the Victorian penny dreadful The String of Pearls (1846–47). The tale became a staple of Victorian melodrama and London
London
urban legend, and has been retold many times since, most notably in the Tony award–winning
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Thomas Skelton
Thomas R. Skelton (September 24, 1927[1]– August 9, 1994) was a lighting designer. In a career spanning more than four decades, he was best known for his lighting designs for ballet and Broadway theatre productions. Contents1 Biography 2 Work 3 References 4 Sources 5 External linksBiography[edit] Born in North Bridgeton, Maine, Skelton graduated from Middlebury College, Theatre Department. He pursued an interest in modern dance after moving to New York, studying dance with Martha Graham
Martha Graham
and José Limón. His lighting career started as an apprentice to Jean Rosenthal at the American Dance Festival. He worked for Robert Joffrey's new dance company as a lighting designer and stage manager.[2] By the 1950s he was published regularly in Dance Magazine
Dance Magazine
with his lighting methods
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Fall River Legend
Fall River Legend is a ballet by American choreographer Agnes de Mille. While the ballet tells the infamous story of Lizzie Borden, it notably alters the outcome of court case, with Borden receiving a guilty verdict rather than an acquittal. De Mille herself believed that Borden was guilty of the murder of her father and stepmother.[1] Like the majority of de Mille’s ballets, Fall River Legend is deeply character driven.[2] The ballet was commissioned by American Ballet Theatre and premiered on April 22, 1948 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Today, Fall River Legend is considered by many scholars to be her masterpiece and when it first premiered, the reviews of the ballet were generally positive.[3] The playwright Edward Sheldon
Edward Sheldon
encouraged de Mille to use the Lizzie Borden story for a dance, following the success of her 1942 ballet Rodeo
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Richard Nelson (lighting Designer)
Richard Nelson (December 7, 1938 – November 6, 1996) was an American theatrical lighting designer. Born in New York City, Nelson studied at the High School of the Performing Arts and began his career off-Broadway in 1955. [1] He made his Broadway debut with The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1966. His many credits include Coco, The Magic Show, So Long, 174th Street, The Lady From Dubuque, The Tap Dance Kid, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and revivals of Morning's at Seven, Awake and Sing!, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Blithe Spirit, The Night of the Iguana, and Private Lives, among others. Nelson won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Sunday in the Park with George and was nominated for both awards for Into the Woods
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Film
A film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images. (See the glossary of motion picture terms.) This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed in rapid succession. The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry
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Tharon Musser
Tharon Musser (January 8, 1925 – April 19, 2009)[1] was an American lighting designer who worked on more than 150 Broadway productions. She was termed the "Dean of American Lighting Designers" and is considered one of the pioneers in her field.[2] Musser was best known for her work on the musicals A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
and Dreamgirls. A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
was the first production of Broadway to use a fully computerized lighting console instead of manually operated "piano boards".[2]Contents1 Biography 2 Death 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Tharon Myrene Musser was born in Virginia
Virginia
in 1925.[3] The daughter of a clergyman, she often recalled that her family couldn't afford electricity, so she grew up with candles and gaslights
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A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the musical is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line
provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett
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Jules Fisher
Jules Fisher (born November 12, 1937) is an American lighting designer and producer. He is credited with lighting designs for more than 300 productions over the course of his 50-year career in Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well extensive work in film, ballet, opera, television, and rock and roll concert tours.[1] He has been nominated 20 times for Tony Awards
Tony Awards
(as a lighting designer) and won nine Tony awards for Lighting Design, more than any other lighting designer.[2]Contents1 Biography 2 Stage work (selected)2.1 with Peggy Eisenhauer3 Concert work 4 Film lighting 5 Tony Award wins 6 Tony Award nominations 7 References 8 External linksBiography[edit] Fisher was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the son of Anne (Davidson) and Abraham Fisher, a retailer.[1] He is a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology.[3] He is married to choreographer-director Graciela Daniele
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Hair (musical)
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
James Rado
and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti- Vietnam War
Vietnam War
peace movement
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Ken Billington
Ken Billington (born October 29, 1946) is an American lighting designer. He began his career in New York City
New York City
working as an assistant to Tharon Musser.[1] He was born in White Plains, New York, the son of Kenneth Arthur (an automobile dealer) and Ruth (Roane) Billington. Billington has 96 Broadway productions to his credit including Copperfield, Checking Out, Moon Over Buffalo, Grind, Hello Dolly!, Meet Me in St
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Jean Rosenthal
Jean Rosenthal (born Eugenia Rosenthal; March 16, 1912 - May 1, 1969) is considered a pioneer in the field of theatrical lighting design. She was born in New York City
New York City
to Romanian-Jewish immigrants.[1][2] In the early part of the 20th century, the lighting designer was not a formalized position. Rather the set designer or electrician handled the lighting of a production. Rosenthal helped make the lighting designer an integral member of the design team.[1] She also said that lighting "was a career in itself".[3] As well as particular lighting innovations, she created an atmosphere specific to the production, and she was in demand as a Broadway lighting designer.[4]Contents1 Career and Education 2 Contributions 3 The Magic of Light 4 Death 5 References 6 External linksCareer and Education[edit] In 1929, she was introduced to Martha Graham
Martha Graham
at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
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Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey
(January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance
Dance
Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal
Spingarn Medal
from the NAACP.[1] He received the Kennedy Center Honors
Kennedy Center Honors
in 1988
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Character Actor
A character actor or character actress is a supporting actor who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The term, often contrasted with that of leading actor, is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation.[8] In a literal sense, all actors can be considered character actors since they all play "characters",[9] but in the usual sense it is an actor who plays a distinctive and important supporting role.[1][10] The term is sometimes used to describe an actor who plays characters who are very different from the actor's off-screen real-life personality, while in another sense it describes an actor who specializes in minor roles
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Martha Graham
Martha Graham
Martha Graham
(May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her style, the Graham technique, reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.[1] She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
with Distinction. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, in the 1994 documentary The Dancer Revealed, "I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful
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