Every year ETC offers an exclusive opportunity for lighting design and theatre technology students across the globe. After a competitive review process, ETC selects six applicants for an opportunity to attend the LDI tradeshow with ETC. This is the 9th year that ETC has offered their LDI Student Sponsorship. The student winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, (LDI 2008, October 24-26) and have the chance to meet distinguished professionals within the entertainment technology industry while witnessing the latest product offerings and innovations. They also go “behind the scenes” and see LDI from an exhibitor perspective.

ETC is now proud to announce the winners of the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship 2008:

Rosemarie Cruz is in her third year of graduate studies in Design and Technology with an emphasis in lighting design at Kent State University (KSU) in Kent, Ohio. She earned a bachelor of arts in Technical Theatere from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.

Greg Goff is a third-year graduate student in the department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, studying scenery, lighting, and costume design. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in technical theater from the University of Oklahoma, in 2004.

Sarah Kamender of Bielefeld, Germany, attended the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in England, where she majored in theatre and performance design technology. Now at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, she anticipates receiving her Masters of Engineering Event Technology and Management this year.

Darren E. Levin, a second-year master of fine arts candidate, is studying lighting design at the University of Texas-Austin. In 2007, he graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, with a bachelor of fine arts in theater and a lighting design/technology emphasis.

Porsche McGovern is a third-year master of fine arts candidate in lighting design at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. She earned her bachelor of arts in speech and theater from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, in 2003.

Jeremy M. Sinicki received his bachelor of arts in theatre, with a minor in Management at Saginaw Valley State University, near Saginaw, Michigan. Jeremy is working on the second year of his Master of Fine Arts in lighting design at the University of Florida, where he anticipates graduating in 2010.