In response to the deaths of a number of pioneers in the entertainment lighting field, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has formed a group that will attempt to document the history of our industry. The mission is very simple: To create and preserve a history of the theatrical and entertainment lighting industry as seen through the eyes of those who were involved in manufacturing, distributing, designing, and consulting.

This project is being sponsored by ESTA, Lighting Dimensions magazine, Theatre Crafts International (TCI) magazine, and the USITT. Currently, the group is in need of names and contact information for lighting pioneers who helped shape the industry, as well as pictures and reference materials.

The group is exploring the possibility of a graduate student undertaking this project as his or her master's thesis. To that end, it is actively seeking students who are interested.

Please address all correspondence to Jacqueline Tien, History Project, at or c/o LDI, 32 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011.