Today I am offering you some key ideas from conference sessions.


Lighting designers – remember that the magic sheet and how it is organized is a reflection on how you think.  It is a document that should be in your portfolio.


In a room of approx. 100 lighting designers, fifty percent number/letter their focus areas from sl to sr.  The rest number from sr to sl.  Both are commonly accepted as professional practice.  At UB, we are sl to sr. 


How do you organize systems of light on the page?  Should the front light be at the bottom of the page to indicate FOH placement, etc.  Make a conscious choice!


I highly recommend going to to listen to the keynote address given by D. Lynn Meyers of the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, especially if you are in need of reasons for staying positive and passionate about your work.  In Buffalo, are there theatres that have or could save the neighborhood?


In 2011, Scenofest, an active component of the Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design, will explore the intersection of disciplines inside and outside of “theatre.”  Students will be able to submit work in dance, design, and installation/performance art, inspired by the “Myth of the Creation.” 


If you do not know the work of UK designer Ralph Koltai, you should.


It is definitely worth investigating wiki integration for web collaborations and digital callboards.  The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s work serves as precedence. 


The lighting commission confirmed Jules Fisher’s presentation and book signing for this Friday.  His talk will be live to air at  It will be up on the site for a week.  I encourage TH 332 students to check this out.

I have reunited with my peers, mentors, and former students today.  Look for alumni spotlights to be posted later in the week.