The third annual Redden Awards for Excellence in Lighting Design, sponsored by Epic Production Technologies in memory of Craig Redden, will be presented on Saturday, October 29 at LDI2011. The 2011 winners are: Concert lighting: Butch Allen; Theatre lighting: Etienne Boucher; Corporate/event lighting: Available Light/ Steven Rosen and Ted Mather
The Redden Awards for Excellence in Lighting Design were named in honor of the late Craig Redden who was a vice president at Epic at the time of his sudden passing in 2008. Epic president & CEO Marc Raymond, who first hired Redden in 1978, notes that “while each anniversary of the award is also a sad marker of how long Craig has been gone, it also builds on cementing Craig’s name and great contribution to the history of this industry.
“Craig worked his way up through every aspect of the touring industry to become the best account rep in the business,” adds Raymond. “He especially admired the great lighting designers he worked with and ultimately understood that the essence of a successful lighting company was its ability to make sure that each designer’s vision could be fully realized. We are so pleased that through our friends at Live Design and LDI we have this opportunity to show how much we appreciated Craig and how much he appreciated the art of lighting design.”
2011 Redden Award Winners
Butch Allen: Over a 20-year career as a concert lighting and production design, he has been associated with a long list of artists including Van Halen, Yes, Def Leppard, Hole, Seal, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Garbage, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Eagles, Metallica, Usher, NKOTB, Jennifer Hudson, America’s Got Talent Live, Dancing With The Stars Live, Nickelback, and No Doubt.
Etienne Boucher: Since 2004 he has worked closely with director Robert Lepage at the latter’s company, Ex Machina. Their association began with La Celestina (Spain), and continued with Lipsynch (international tour), The Rake's Progress (co-production in Brussels, Lyon, San Francisco, London, Madrid and Milan) and Le Rossignol et autres fables (Toronto and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2010), TOTEM for Cirque du Soleil (tour), and currently The Ring Cycle at The Metropolitan Opera.
Available Light: An innovative, award-winning lighting design firm, whose fields of specialization include: museum exhibition lighting design, architectural lighting design, and special event/trade show exhibit lighting design. Steven Rosen is the firm’s president and principal designer (Boston); Ted Mather is managing principal (New York City). Current projects range from Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.