City Theatrical, the Bronx, NY-based manufacturer of entertainment lighting accessories, has hired Brian Batease as head of manufacturing. Prior to joining CTI, Batease was general manager at Access Electronics in Gurnee, IL and, from 1997 to 2001, was vice president of manufacturing at Electronic Theatre Controls in Middleton, WI.

CTI president Gary Fails says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for City Theatrical to improve our manufacturing processes, lower our costs, and strengthen our product development efforts. Brian has the experience needed to teach and guide our manufacturing staff and to help us grow…. the addition of Brian Batease as our head of manufacturing strengthens and solidifies our management team.”

Batease adds, “City Theatrical is an interesting company that always seems to be on the leading edge of the industry. I'm looking forward to working with Gary and helping CTI grow to be a larger force in the entertainment lighting world.”