When the 2008 Live Design Master Classes kick off on Friday, May 16th with a performance of Young Frankenstein on Broadway, a large number of corporate sponsors will enliven both the BLMC, BSMC, and Projection classes. The Classes continue with a performance of Passing Strange on Wednesday, May 21st, social events for networking, and of course the core of the Master Classes: a series of sessions by the leading names in Broadway lighting, sound, and a range of top people in projection. Abe Jacob and Jules Fisher are back as creative consultants for this outstanding professional training in New York City, the week of May 16-22.

“The Master Classes are a wonderful opportunity for corporate sponsors to network with professionals from around the world as well as students and recent graduates,” says David Johnson, associate publisher and editorial director of Live Design, producer of the event.

Corporate sponsors for 2008 to date include:
A.C.T Lighting, Altman, Apollo, Barco, City Theatrical, Clear Com, coolux, d+b audiotechnik, DiGiCo, Enttec, ETC, Lectrosonics, Lee Filters, Lycian, Martin, Media Numerics, Meyer Sound, Ocean Optics, Pulsar, PRG, QLab/Figure 53, RF Pro, Robert Juliat, Rosco, Selecon, Selador, Sennheiser, Shure, Stage Research, Strand Lighting, Strong, TMB, Vari-Lite, Vectorworks, and Wybron.

Many of this year’s corporate sponsors—as well as additional companies—have generously mentored attendees to the Master Classes, underwriting the costs of tuition and theatre tickets for two or more people. The list of those companies includes: 4Wall, Apollo, Barbizon, Barco, City Theatrical, Color Kinetics/Philips, coolux, d+b audiotechnik, DiGiCo, ETC, Fisher Marantz Stone, Abe Jacob, Lee Filters, Martin Professional, Masque Sound, Meyer Sound, PRG, Pulsar, Theatre Projects, Scharff Weisberg, Strong, The Wally Russell Foundation, and Yamaha.

“Our goal this year was to have more mentored students than ever before,” continues Johnson. “We have over 65 slots for students and young professionals sponsored by approximately 25 companies. This outreach program allows companies to support the next generation of decision makers and buyers, as well as meet talented young designers just as they are starting out, and forge long-lasting relationships.”

Companies interested in sponsorships opportunities can email David Johnson at djohnson@livedesignonline.com or use the Broadway Master Classes online sponsorship form.