Marsha Stern was lighting designer for the Innovation Awards at Lightfair International and for the 2007 IALD Awards Dinner at Columbia University in New York, both held in May.

Durham Marenghi has been nominated for a Middle East Lighting Design Award at MELDA in Dubai for an event at the Pyramids of Giza (LD, February 2007, “Pyramids And Pussycats”). The designer also lit the 70th birthday party of Cinecitta Film Studios in Rome for K events. In May, he traveled to Beijing to give a lecture on entertainment lighting in stadiums. This month, he is in the UK to light CODEX — a new TV series for Diverse Production — from the British Museum in London.

Lighting designer Michael Riotto just completed fashion shows in Toronto and Montreal for Browns Shoes, working with John Evans and Darrell Ross from AC Lighting and Jacques Tessier from ArtTech Multimedia. He also worked on lighting various areas on the new Royal Caribbean ship Liberty of the Seas — which set sail on its maiden voyage on May 19 — and won an award from Archi-Tech magazine for his design of the teen club on Celebrity Cruise Line's Infinity.

John McFarlane has designed sets and costumes, while Jennifer Tipton has designed lighting, for a new staging of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening the summer season at San Francisco Opera, with performances June 2 to 30, in a co-production with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels).

The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA (www.berkshiretheatre.org) has announced its 79th season with a revival of Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! opening the season on June 22 with sets by Hugh Landwehr, costumes by Laurie Churba, lighting by Jeff Davis, and sound by Scott Killian. The season continues with One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, designed by Karl Eigsti (sets), Jessica Risser-Milne (costumes), Matthew E. Adelson (lighting), and J. Hagenbuckle (sound), and a revival of Morning's At Seven with sets by R. David Miller, costumes by David Murin, lighting by Ann Wrightson, and sound by Craig Kaufman. The fourth main stage production is Mrs. Warren's Profession, designed by Carl Sprague (sets), Olivera Gajic (costumes), Dan Kotlowitz (lighting) and Scott Killian (sound).