A terrific set of videos eplaining the basics of what DMX is and how it works.


WIth all the new gear people are using, Stage Directions asked me to write about the power needed for LED and Automated lighting units. Actually, any unit that has an internal power supply. Here's a PDF of the article published in the May 2015 issue.


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What type of power do we need for our new LED lighting units and systems? And how much of it? And how do we get it? 

The answers to these questions are changing every day with all the new technology being developed by stage lighting manufacturers. Movers have better optics and are using brighter lamps. LED technology is constantly improving along the lines of Haitz’s Law. And mixing all this new gear with traditional fixtures makes things even messier—because we need more and more constant power. 

Know what not to do when testing for ESD!

The Ultimate Focusing Tool... I spent some time with Rob Junk at USITT 2011. Yes, the video is a bit commercial in nature, but it's a great tool.

Eric SchultzThis article is posted here with permission from Gary Fails at www.citytheatrical.com

New York's City Center is an amazing theatre.  Built in 1923, the 2,750 seat house is one of the largest in the city.  It fills its stage year round with performing companies from all over  the world. Eric Schultz, City Center's Head Electrician spends many days there from 8:00 a.m. until after the evening's show, making sure everything runs smoothly.   The Head Electrician hires and directs the electrical crew, works with the visiting companies and lighting designers, and maintains the theatre's electrical systems.  It's a lot of work with long hours but it's also an interesting and creative job with the chance to meet new people from around the world, and to work with a wide range of theatre professionals.

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