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Meet the Experts – Honors College panel discussion @ NJIT Jim Wise Theatre Kupfrian Hall -- Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 2:30 pm

You may have a major role to play in “show business.”  Engineering and Science is art – it is technological creativity. And whether you’re compelled by scientific discovery in big topics like optics, robotics, lighting, color or by helping create the next level of technical magic in theater, TV, or film, entertainment technology is the field for you.  Theoretical or practical, hardware or software, this is cutting-edge technology that captivates audiences.  Find out what this specialized field is like from a panel of engineers and other technical artists whose work “behind the scenes” and makes sure it goes on -- and often steals the show.

Guest Panelists:

Electronic Theatre Controls is an international manufacturer of entertainment and architectural lighting systems.   ETC began more than three decades ago with the conviction that there was a better way to make a lighting control console.  There was.  They developed one of the first microprocessor-based systems, which boasted the then blindingly fast 2MHz 8080 CPU!  Now their popular lighting control consoles – including the Eos®, Congo® and Smart Solutions™ lines – are thousands of times more powerful than those groundbreaking early versions.

They also found that the HPL lamp is a better way to create brilliant light in the Source Four® – with unmatched light output and energy savings. Over 3 million award-winning Source Four fixtures are now lighting venues and productions worldwide.  In addition, they offer a better way to seize the efficiencies of LED lighting with the eco-friendly Selador Series™. Selador LED luminaires give the punch and power that theater and broadcast productions require, plus a stunningly beautiful, unprecedented seven-color range.

Joe DiNardo, Northeast Regional Manager.  NJIT Alumni, Class of ’81 has been a professional lighting designer for over 30 years.  During that time he has designed productions from New York throughout the US and Canada, including theatre, dance, concert and broadcast events. For the last 16 years Joe has been ETC’s Northeast Regional Manager.

Floyd Robertson, Product Development Manager.  Floyd has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.  He has been in Product Development for over 25 years, spending the last 12 plus years at ETC developing products for the Theatrical Entertainment and Specified Architectural Industries.

Fisher Dachs Associates is one of the world’s leading theatrical planning and design consultants.  Founded by legendary Broadway lighting designer Jules Fisher, and under the direction of architect and theatre planner Josh Dachs, FDA has over 40 years' experience in providing guidance to over 600 performing arts projects. These range from small repertory theatres to major cultural centers worldwide. The firm's clients are commercial and non-profit theaters, universities, cities and cultural organizations. They include important regional repertory theatres like the Guthrie, Shakespeare's Globe, Arena Stage and Washington D.C. Shakespeare theatres; major venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; new homes for symphonies in Nashville, Omaha, and Oklahoma City; innovative theatres for students at Harvard, Yale, RPI and other universities, and thriving multipurpose venues such as Bass Performance Hall and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

FDA has completed international assignments in Canada, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Cairo and Mexico City and is currently working on projects in Moscow, Dubai, Colombia, Spain, and London.

Robert Campbell,  Associate Principal. Robert was instrumental during the renovation and expansion of Chicago Orchestra Hall, and as Project Manager he designed seating plans and sightlines for the new construction projects at the award-winning 2,750-seat New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, the 2,400-seat Long Center in Austin, the 2,000-seat Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and the 2,400-seat Opera House in Miami.

Robert holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where he studied theatre engineering and planning, acoustics, and lighting design. He designed productions at both Yale Repertory Theatre and Yale School of Drama, including "The Tempest," "Shadow of a Gunman," and "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Production Resource Group is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology.  Today, PRG continues to lead the industry with the comprehensive integration of entertainment technology as represented by their work on productions such as Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011). For this groundbreaking production, PRG provided the lighting, audio, video and automation systems, as well as the construction of the massive scenery. Spider-Man has set a new standard for the total integration of production technology, which we continue to apply to every project.

Chris Conti, Product Manager. Chris’ current product has been the revolutionary PRG Best Boy 4000. For the Tony-nominated revival of Evita on Broadway, Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) provided the lighting package including its new proprietary Best Boy 4000® Spot Luminaire. A high output, low power automated light with a truly complete feature set, the PRG Best Boy is making its Broadway debut in this production. Designed to be energy efficient, the unit delivers over 20,000 lumens, but draws only 5-amps at 208-volts, far more efficient than competing lights which draw up to 12-amps at 208-volts.

February 20-24, 2012

This workshop is part of a week-long residency for composer Byron Au Yong and playwright Jennifer Haley to develop content for an original music-theatre work about social media.

The workshop is designed for students curious about theater as a professional path as well as those who want to invigorate their chosen fields with innovative approaches to public presentations. Using a combination of social media and theater-making exercises, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges of telling stories in the digital age. Participants will work on videos as well as writing and performing exercises that involve social media and live performance.

Along with hands-on activities, discussion sessions will include topics such as ethics, intimacy, personalization, consumerism and citizenship within the internet. Participants will learn different performance methods and storytelling techniques. Workshop leaders will emphasize creativity, critical thinking and collaboration to identify stories and performance techniques that most powerfully convey the experience of communication in the 21st century.

More information regarding Byron Au Yong:
More information regarding Jennifer Haley:

Please contact Professor Raphael at if interested.

December 14, 2011

THROUGH MY EYES (A view of gang life in an urban setting)

Performance piece at the Coffee Cave at 7pm
Free Admission
Directed by Dan Drew

December 5, 2011

NYC Premiere Performance at the People's Improv Theatre (P.I.T.)

Photos taken at the on stage cast party following the performance of The Vagabond King, Spring 1995.

(Arthur Gullestead, Kathi Spillane Spitzer, Michele Rittenhouse (Theatre Managing Director), Jenna Tedesco (Guest Artist), Eddie Fisher, Dan Spitzer)
(Left to Right) Mary Camp Caruso (NJIT Alumni), Jenna Tedesco, Bill Gile (Artistic Director), Kathi Spillane Spitzer, Dr. Saul Fenster (President NJIT), Michele Rittenhouse.
(Left to Right) Eric Johnson (Sound Technician), Peter Otton (Technical Assistant), Debbie Pinder, Robert Prieto (NJIT Alumni).
(Left to Right) Jan Buslowski (Guest Musician), Mary Caruso Camp, Dan Drew, Ray Gintner (Light Technician/Master Electrician).
(Left to Right) Dan Drew and Mario Labot, Jr (NJIT Alumni).
(Left to Right) Mary Caruso Camp, Jenna Tedesco, Bill Gile, Dr. Saul Fenster, Kathi Spillane Spitzer.
(Left to Right) [All NJIT Alumni] Bill Haber, Mr. and Mrs. George Kovark, David Schreck