Theatre Projects founder, senior consultant to speak at LDI

November 18, 2013

Richard Pilbrow and Steve Rust will speak during several panel discussions at the upcoming LDI Conference, November 18-24 in Las Vegas. The conference is the largest annual gathering of entertainment technology professionals in the country. LDI is also home to the PLASA Cocktail & Awards Reception which will feature the PLASA "Rock Our World" Awards, of which we are one of eight finalists in the projects category for our work on the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

Steve is leading the session "Performance Lighting Systems for the 21st Century— Magnitude of Change." This session will address the impact of LED performance lighting on the design of mechanical and electrical systems, and the operations and design perspective from the Kennedy Center, home to one of the first all-LED theatres, of which Steve was the project manager and lighting designer. Steve will be joined in the session by Glenn Turner, head of production operations and maintenance at the Kennedy Center, Dennis Wessel and David Woytek Jr. from Karpinski Engineering, and lighting designer Don Holder.

The first of Richard’s two panel discussions, "VMS Project, An Open Source Community for Virtual Magic Sheet," will feature a panel of industry experts discussing VMS’ expansion as an open-source project. VMS will be developed, promoted, and supported by a community of designers and electricians, coders and testers, and users who are passionate about its promise and about independent software tools. VMS was named Lighting Tools and Software Product of the Year at LDI 2005, and has been used in a vast number of Broadway, West End, Opera, touring, regional, and educational productions. Participants will be introduced to VMS’ functions as they relate to assisting the lighting designer during cueing sessions.

Richard’s second panel discussion, "An Incandescent Glow: Why Designers are Rallying to Save Tungsten," will focus on the increasing regulatory pressure US and UK lighting designers are under to abandon the tungsten filament, and the need of industry professionals to rally together in the Save Tungsten Campaign. The panel will look at the effect of government legislation that is starting to ban tungsten as an available light source. Attendees can join the conversation in an open dialogue with the panelists, manufacturers, and the industry-at-large about why this issue is of concern; why tungsten is an important source option to retain and how best to advance this campaign and awareness.

Theatre Projects employees Dawn Chiang, Michael Ferguson, Jules Lauve, and Matt Saide will also attend the conference.

The week-long LDI conference includes an exhibit floor featuring over 400 of the world’s top manufactures, distributors and suppliers of professional products and services for the production/live entertainment industry as well as a comprehensive conference program, classes, and panel discussions. LDI is one of the most highly regarded industry sources for education and training on lighting, sound, projection, software, production, special effects, cinematography/videography and staging/truss. This show includes hands-on equipment training and tours of venues and companies.

Theatre Projects founder, senior consultant to speak at LDI
Credit: Lora Karam Photography
Theatre Projects founder, senior consultant to speak at LDI
Credit: Lora Karam Photography