Congratulations are in order for BLMC creative consultant Jules Fisher who won his 8th Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for the Stephen Sondheim musical, Assassins. Fisher holds the record for nominations and awards in the Tony’s Best Lighting Design category. The award-winning lighting for Assassins was designed in collaboration with Fisher’s partner in Third Eye Studio, Peggy Eisenhauer.
Both Fisher and Eisenhauer play major roles on the faculty of the BLMC: Fisher has served as creative consultant since its inception. This year, Fisher and Eisenhauer will present an in-depth of their lighting for the new Tony Kushner musical, Caroline, Or Change. Attendees at the BLMC as well as BSMC will see a performance of Caroline, Or Change on Thursday, June 17, followed by post-show discussions about the lighting and sound.
The faculty for the BLMC, with classes June 16-18, also includes lighting designers Beverly Emmons, Vivien Leone, Donald Holder, Brian MacDevitt, Clifton Taylor, and projection designer Wendall K. Harrington. In addition, scenic/projection designer Peter Wexler will moderate the BLMC’s first-ever panel on the integration of projection and lighting with panelists Wendall K. Harrington, Laura Frank, and Peter Negrini.
Attendance for the BLMC includes an international roster of design professionals, including representatives from Walt Disney Entertainment, Blue Man Group, Opera Australia, and Busch Entertainment Corp, as well as individuals from as far flung New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, and across the United States, including the EDDY Award-winning Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.
The faculty for the second annual BSMC, June 18-20, is led by legendary sound designer Abe Jacob. The list of top professionals in the audio industry who will be speakers includes Jonathan Deans, Tony Meola, Dan Moses Schreier, Rob Milburn, Michael Bodeen, Jon Weston, and John Kilgore, who will present a sound effects session at Masque Sound. There will also be a sound engineers panel including Bob Biasetti, Kai Harada, Jordan Pankin, and Jim Van Bergen. Attendees for the BSMC are coming from as far away as The Esplanade in Singapore as well as colleges, universities and professional sound companies.
The corporate sponsors for this year’s for BLMC include: A.C.T Lighting, Apollo Design, Barbizon, City Theatrical, Color Kinetics, Electronic Theatre Controls, Field Template, 4 Wall East, Fourth Phase, High End Systems, InLight Gobos, Lee Filters, Morpheus, Robert Juliat, Rosco, Scharff Weisberg, Selecon, Strand Lighting, Strong International, TMB, Vari-Lite; and for BSMC: Audio Technica, Autograph A2D, Cadac, d&b audiotechnik, DiGiCo, Group One, JBL, Level Control Systems, Riedel Communications, Meyer Sound, Lectrosonics, Sigmet Corporation, Systems Wireless, Trantec, XTA and Yamaha.
In addition, a group of lighting and sound students are able to attend this year’s classes thanks to sponsorships from companies and individuals who are part of the BLMC/BSMC mentoring program, including Barbizon Lighting, ETC, Fisher Dachs Associates, Fisher Marantz Stone, Martin Professional, The Wally Russell Board, Selecon, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite for BLMC students, and d&b, Yamaha, and Abe Jacob for BSMC students.
Complete details about the BLMC and BSMC can be found at http:\\blmc.net