USITT! Booth #1013! CHAUVET Professional! Come Say Hi!

Happy Wednesday, lighting industry! This is a special week, tomorrow (Thursday, March 19, 2015) is the opening of the 2015 USITT Conference and Stage Expo here in Cincinnati, OH!


CHAUVET Professional is here, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you on the USITT show floor tomorrow morning! The show floor opens at 10am, and we’re right up at the front in Booth #1013, some come on by and check out what we’re offering the Entertainment Lighting community – new technology, super performing moving head spots and washes, and an industry firstthe first LED ERS and Fresnel that can operate on both a conventional dimmer, meet the Ovation ED-190WW and Ovation FD-165WW, two of the newest developments in technology in our industry!

We’re showing off some of our other awesome products at the USITT show as well, like the ROGUE R2 Spot, our LED powerhouse moving head spot, and the ROGUE R2 Wash, our brightest LED wash in the ROGUE line. The ROGUE series is excellent for theatrical endeavors across all genres of theatrical entertainment – Opera, Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, and workshopped performances. ROGUE R2 Series spot and wash heads are reliable, LED powered, value-driven, and popular across all genres of entertainment, from La Traviata to Garth Brooks!

We’re very proud to bring the Ovation C-640FC LED cyc light to the USITT audience – we’ve got a top and bottom design of the excellent C-640FC cyc light on a hand-painted Ann Davis piece from Chicago, Illinois, please com on by and watch the LED wash bring the already amazing hand-painted drop to life! That’s what the C-640FC is known for – bright color mixing and a wash coverage that is every bit as good as what you can dream up, minus all the power consumption!

We’re very excited to show off our wonderful LED houselight, the Ovation H-105WW, which features Remote Device Management (RDM), multiple power configurations, and the ability to hang the unit as a pendant or sconce in your venue.


On the focus bench with the ED-190WW and FD-165WW sits the H-105WW Houselight, the newly released MIN-E-10WW mini-ERS (the perfect complement to the ED-190WW and E-190WW LED ellipsoidals), the new COLORdash Accent Quad single-source RGBA washer, the COLORdash Par Hex 12 LED wash unit that has an amazing color configuration of RGBAWUV, and the venerable COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour, the perfect replacement for any conventional wash – except the COLORado 2 Quad Zoom Tour features a wide zoom range, low power consumption, an incredible field of output, and RGBWE color mixing. It’s truly an LED color washing powerhouse!

Come on by Booth #1013 this week at the USITT Conference and Stage Expo here in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Arena!  DeAnna Padgett, Dwight Slamp, Ben Dickmann, and Jim Hutchison will be in the booth to answer any and all questions you have about going CHAUVET Professional! We look forward to saying hi!


USITT 2014 in Fort Worth with CHAUVET Professional was AWESOME!

Happy Tuesday, lighting industry!

Testing the Ovation F-165WW LED fresnel -- the USITT audience LOVED this fixture!

Testing the Ovation F-165WW LED fresnel — the USITT audience LOVED this fixture!

We’re just getting back from USITT and the West Coast for our Burbank office (more on that to come soon!) and we wanted to share some excellent photos of this year’s CHAUVET Professional booth at USITT 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas!  We can’t thank you all enough for the excellent visits and friendly faces coming by our booth, we loved talking lighting and industry education with you!

Check out some fun from the show floor, Photo Gallery style!  Click on any thumbnail, and the gallery starts up for your convenience.


This Week’s TOP TEN POSTS on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!

Happy Friday, everyone!  We hope that you’re having an outstanding week full of happiness and productivity!


It’s been a great week on the CHAUVET Professional Blog — our new series, The Weekly Rig, has been very popular over the last month, check it out!  Speaking of popular, is anyone going to USITT this next week?  Come check us out in Booth 1009 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, we’d love to talk light with you!  DeAnna Padgett, Eric Mueller, Ben Dickmann, and Jim Hutchison will be in attendance, come shoot the light fantastic with us!

And now…  the TOP TEN POSTS for this week on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!

Counting UP this week from the top post


1.  The front page of the CHAUVET Professional Blog!
We are honored and humbled to have so many visitors each day!


2.  KLF (Uh Huh Uh Huh Uh, Uh Huh Uh Huh) — Hump Day Energy!


3.  Hump Day Funky: Stevie Wonder Playing “Superstition” on Sesame Street!


4.  ProLight+Sound 2014 with CHAUVET Professional – PHOTOS!


5.  TOP TEN POSTS of the week of February 14, 2014 on the CHAUVET Professional Blog!


6.  The Weekly Rig for March 13, 2014 – The Three Towers!


7.  ProLight+Sound 2014, Day One Photos with CHAUVET Professional


8.  Got A Case of the Mondays?  How About Some Awesome Grooves?


9.  TECH TALK:  Creating Video Content for Video Walls, Part 1


10.  The ROGUE Army – Liberating YOUR Imagination from the Tyranny of Tight Budgets!


Educating a Brighter Future, Part 2

frank dankoMy Journey in Lighting
written by guest blogger Frank Danko
[ED: Mr. Danko’s journey began at an early age and in an earlier blog post. Here the journey continues.]

back stageTheatre is everywhere.
My passion for technical theatre continued through college where I studied theatre arts and worked freelance around New York. I ran lights and sound for weddings, mitzvahs, concerts, dance events, corporate events and theatrical productions. It was at this point I learned that I didn’t need to be in a theatre to be a technician. Events took place everywhere from parks, hotels, churches and right on the streets. One day I would be sitting behind the console in a hotel and the next day I would be setting up staging on the streets of NYC. Theatre was everywhere and I learned as many lessons on the job as I had sitting in the classroom.

A career begins.
I decided to pursue my passion for technical theatre because it seemed like a natural transition. I worked in a local theatre for several years, which lead to a position with our local IATSE production rental company who was providing gear for Broadway and Off-Broadway. After joining the organization, I came to find out that we were also providing lighting and audio at local schools. I was immediately interested in this side of the business because of how meaningful my educators were to my journey. I began meeting with teachers, directors and facilities managers to see how I could assist in their production needs. We developed a program where IATSE Technicians would go into schools to do workshops with students on lighting and audio. This program allowed me to help solidify the future of our industry by paving the way for students interested in pursuing a career in technical theatre.Ovation at booth

The education continues.
I am proud and fortunate to teach workshops in the New York area as often as possible and I sit on the board of the NYS Theatre Education Association. I represented CHAUVET® Professional and showed the Ovation™ series at The Hemsley Lighting Programs 9th Annual Lighting Portfolio Review this past March at Lincoln Center. This program honors Gilbert Hemsley, a highly regarded designer who dedicated his life to mentoring and educating young talent in the lighting industry. The Hemsley Lighting Program offers master classes and portfolio reviews by the industry’s leading designers in an effort to foster and educate the future of our industry. I have been fortunate enough to attended USITT numerous times, Broadway Lighting Master Class and was pleased to join the CHAUVET® Professional’s team at the 8th Annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday at LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts this past January.

USITT studentsArt transforms people’s lives!
Theatre is a collaborative art that cannot exist or grow without dedication from those who will follow in our footsteps. At the USITT Stage Expo, CHAUVET® Professional helped to inspire young technicians who walked the floor as I once did. With this in mind, I encourage you to get involved with USITT, EdTA and your local organizations promoting theatre education. Join me in helping us to educate a brighter future. You might just learn something in the process.

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Educating a Brighter Future, Part 1

frank dankoMy Journey in Lighting
written by guest blogger Frank Danko

Editor’s note: Mr. Danko was recently at Chauvet HQ for a training session. While here, he shared a quick, yet passionate speech about the benefits of USITT and theater education in general with the group. We were so taken with it that we asked him to write a post as a guest blogger. And here it is…in two parts. Enjoy!

I am not an educator in the formal sense of the word, so please forgive my grammar. However, what I do is certainly educational for those I am fortunate enough to meet in my travels. As the theatrical lighting representative at BMG Hudson Sales & Marketing (NY/NJ), I have the great pleasure to educate customers and colleagues alike on the quality products manufactured by CHAUVET® Professional.  My lessons certainly do not Desks in an Empty Classroomtake place in a classroom, my lessons come alive in offices, theatres, venues and the occasional bar. As lighting professionals, we must be in constant pursuit of knowledge to grow with our industry and further the development of those around us.

Never stop learning.
Many of us have not been in the classroom setting in quite some time, but we remain eager to learn in our professional lives. Through educational organizations, such as the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), there are wonderful programs for aspiring technicians and seasoned veterans alike. Since 1960, USITT has been dedicated to the growth of our industry and the education of our future technicians. Its commitment to our future has developed new technology allowing our industry to adapt in this ever-changing world. I sincerely hope you were able to attend the recent USITT held in Milwaukee, Wis. I was not able to attend, but it did remind me of my personal journey in lighting; one that I’m proud to share with you in this blog post.

But what do you do?
A few years ago, while hosting a workshop on lighting design for high school students, I was asked, “what does a theatrical technician do?” I have spent the majority of my career working as a technician, but I never asked myself the WHAT question. I thought it was obvious to anyone who has ever seen a show, and so my answer was “We do everything!” The student looked at me sideways and under her breath I could hear her say, “That didn’t answer the question.” In an effort to clarify, I began to list the responsibilities of technicians: we hang, focus and program lights, run cables, call shows, move sets, set microphones, push boxes, hand off props and even dress the talent. I could see she was beginning to understand and like a batten falling from overhead; it suddenly hit me that the WHAT didn’t matter. I never cared what the task was, I was just happy to be a part of something larger than me.

Empty TheaterThe great white dream.
As a young teenager, much like the students who attended my workshop, I was eager to learn. At the time, I never thought of pursuing a career in technical theatre, in fact, I was destined to be on Broadway. Growing up 20 minutes outside of NYC, I was fortunate to attend shows from a young age; naturally I wanted to be on stage. It wasn’t until my high school performing arts director asked me to come to “Stage Crew” that my perspective changed. I walked in the auditorium and there were all of these young people just like me, playing with power tools, painting sets, focusing lights and turning microphones on and off. This was a whole different world and I must admit, it was a bit overwhelming at first. It was quickly made very clear by the senior crew chief—this wasn’t rehearsal, this was work. So I began to work, first by helping push the Genie lift around for one of the upper classmen focusing front of house. I asked questions, I listened and followed directions to the best of my ability. At the end of the day my teacher approached me and asked, “Coming back next week?”  To which I replied, “Absolutely!”catwalk

Soaking up knowledge.
In my junior year, our school bought a new computerized lighting console. It didn’t operate on AMX like our original board, it was a technology called DMX 512-A, one that I was not familiar with. Like any good techie, I started to research this new console and the DMX protocol and discovered USITT. It is responsible for DMX512-A becoming the industry standard in entertainment lighting. While researching USITT, my teacher also informed me of several great organizations like the NYS Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA), Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and the International Thespian Society. These organizations were working to make theatre education a priority. This seemed important to me, very important. I became involved with NYSTEA because of my teachers involvement and I attended my first event, right in my own school. There were over 100 students from my region who had the same interests as me and I spent the day taking workshops and soaking up knowledge.

Sharing newfound knowledge.
My teacher informed me that USITT would be hosting a conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., later in the year. I asked my parents if I could attend, they were reluctant but took a friend from stage crew and myself to the event. I saw all the exhibits, played with equipment and even programmed my first intelligent fixture. I walked the show floor for hours, met industry professionals and listened intently to everyone I encountered. It was an amazing experience and I couldn’t wait to tell my teacher and classmates about it.

The journey continues. Click here to read part two.
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For the first time at the USITT show, CHAUVET® attracted visitors with an array of lights, including our COLORado™ Series of powerful wash fixtures, ideal for stage use. On display we had the COLORado™ Zoom Tour, COLORado™ Zoom CW Tour, COLORado™ Zoom WW Tour, COLORado™ 2 Zoom Tour and COLORado™ 1-Quad Tour. Projecting beautiful saturated washes COLORado™ Zoom Tour and COLORado™ 2 Zoom Tour were among the most popular, next to the LED Followspot 75 light and Impulse™ 648 bright strobe light. COLORado™ Batten 72 Tour Tour and COLORado™ Batten 144 Tour linear wash lights impressed with their precise color temperatures, while the Q-Spot™ 560-LED demonstrated its brightness and even output.  Our professional dry ice machine Nimbus™ flooded the booth floor in thick fog and COLORado™ Ridge IP projected intense colors due to its red, green, blue, white and amber LEDs. Perfect for adding a lot of color to small performance venues, SlimPAR™ Pro RGBA was also showcased, for its complete spectrum in some of the harder-to-create warm colors.









Tech Talk: The Quest for Knowledge

Mike Graham looking pensive in front of MVP™ panels.

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Back when I was in college–yep, I actually have a degree in theatrical technology–my professor told me that the learning would never end. I don’t think he realized how right he was. Given today’s world of ever-expanding technology and the co-mingling of different fields of the digital world, it is even more important to try to keep up with the changes in the industry. On the fly training is, now more than ever, absolutely critical. We have to keep apprised of not only the new products in the lighting world, but also keep up to date on new developments in the video and projection world. As these three things become seen as one by many show producers, we are expected to be experts in all of these fields. For me, this means a lot of reading, watching and surfing. I highly recommend these steps in your continuous quest to knowledge:

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

1. Bookmark useful websites. Here are some examples of what I visit daily, but remember this is just the tip of the iceberg: – purely self-serving and shameless plug. But if you read our installation stories and product descriptions you will definitely be more knowledgeable.

www.plsn.comPLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) is a great resource for what is going on with products.

www.lightingandsoundamerica.comL&SA Online is another great resource for what is new in the world of not only lighting but sound as well.

www.livedesignonline.comLive Design is the magazine of LDI. This website has articles from some of today’s top designers of lighting and video shows. It is a great way to get inside the heads of these people. – if you want to find out what people really think about stuff, this is a great place to check out. or – It’s the same thing now. ESTA and PLASA are the leading international membership bodies for people who supply technologies and services to the event industry.

www.usitt.orgThe United States Institute for Theatre Technology provides an effective environment for theatre professionals to meet and share information with each other about anything that deals with the industry.

Veteran of the industry Richard Cadena teaches an APT seminar at CHAUVET headquarters.

2. Get books and read them too: There are tons of books out there, but considering the speed at which this industry is moving, I really recommend using the above websites as launching pads and checking out the additional links that they provide.

3. Attend events, trade shows, seminars and anything that gives you hands-on experience. As far as watching, I highly recommend attending as many events and tradeshows as you can. Talk to the people who are in the various booths and ask a lot of questions. Those of us who work the booths will be more than happy to share our knowledge. Shows like LDI, PLASA Focus, USITT, NAMM, Lightfair and Infocomm are great places to meet and get some valuable time with the people who influence and keep this industry running. I also recommend checking out the various reality talent shows out there. They offer some really cool lighting and video that is expertly programmed and executed.

In conclusion, the rule of thumb is that you need to take time every day to learn about what is going on in the industry or you will be left in the dust. Clients these days have much higher expectations of what they want in their shows and are getting smarter when it comes to making requests for show designs. It is up to all of us in the chain to make sure that we know how to make it all happen.