Technical Theatre Awards Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:02:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stage Set Scenery Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:33:57 +0000 Stage|Set|Scenery is the leading trade fair for theatre planning, film, stage, lighting, audio, video and media engineering as well as make-up and costume design and will be extended by acoustics, studio, presentation and museum technology sections. The ‘International Stage Technology Conference’ is organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).

The trade fair is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH and DTHG, its non-commercial sponsor, and takes place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds bi-annually in June.

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ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:36:12 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards would like to thank ETC for financially supporting the 2014 awards.

ETC is a global leader in the manufacture of lighting and rigging technology for entertainment and architectural applications. Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1975, ETC was a college project that grew into a major business, with Fred Foster as the current chief executive officer. ETC’s international headquarters is located in Middleton, Wisconsin. The company also has offices in Mazomanie (Wisconsin), New York, Hollywood, Orlando, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Ede (the Netherlands), Rome, London, Berlin, and Holzkirchen (Germany). ETC employs nearly 900 people around the globe.

Since its beginning, ETC has earned an industry reputation for unmatched technical and customer service. In addition to its own renowned service department offering 24-hour phone support, ETC has almost 300 authorized service centers throughout the world, staffed by hundreds of certified technicians.

ETC products are found in small and large venues worldwide, such as theaters, restaurants, schools, performing arts centers, television studios, houses of worship, casinos, museums, theme parks and opera houses.

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2014 Winners Anounced Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:31:55 +0000

The “Douglas Turnbull” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management (Supported by Opera Holland Park)

Sharon Hobden

The “Philips Entertainment” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting

Richard Rhys Thomas

The “PRG” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management

Paul Hennessy

The “Triple E” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys & Rigging

Karl Meier

The “Rigging Team” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation

Roberto Raskovsky

The “Total Solutions Group” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Construction

Will Jackson

The “Design Software Solutions” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education

Stuart French

The “Rosco” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry

Bunny Christie

The “GDS” Award for Venue Sustainability

The Palace Theatre – Redditch

The “Pearce Hire” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew

Sid Taylor

The “Hawthorn” Receiving Venue of the Year Award

Mayflower Theatre – Southampton

The “Pigs Might Fly South” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs

Kate Griffiths

The “Stage Sound Services” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Server Programming

Emily Harding

The “d&b Audiotechnik” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound

Dominic Bilkey

The “Robe” Hire Company of the Year Award
Pirate Crew

The “IOGIG” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe

Caroline Hannam

The “AdVision TV” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Props

Maggie Nottage

The Fifth Estate” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performer Flying

Adam Bailey

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TheatreCraft 2014 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:20:45 +0000 The Technical Theatre awards will again be at TheatreCraft on Friday 17th October 2014 we will be handing out flyers for the 2015 awards. Talking to visitors and collecting suggestions and ideas for awards next year.

From direction to stage management, producing to marketing, lighting to designing, TheatreCraft 2014 is the only place to be for a unique glimpse into careers ‘behind the scenes’ in theatre.

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Stage Solutions are the UK specialists in modular theatre staging. Our selection of staging options covers every sector including education, performing arts venues, churches and community halls.

Manufactured in-house by our highly skilled team, Stage Solutions systems are renowned for their quality, durability and practicality. We also offer bespoke options and CAD drawings to ensure your stage system suits your needs.

With an ethical environmental policy, experienced staging consultants, and an unrivalled Customer Service Package, Stage Solutions is the number one choice for stage systems.

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The Theatres Trust’s TheatreStage Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:00:42 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that The Theatres Trust are supporting the Technical Theatre Awards again this year. Thanks to The Theatres Trust the Awards will be presented on The Theatres Trust’s TheatreStage at PLASA London 2014 on Tuesday 7th October 2014 @ 5pm hosted by Kasper Holten.

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The Theatres Trust is the National Advisory Body for Theatres, protecting theatres for everyone. They operate nationally in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland promoting the value of theatre buildings and championing their future.

They provides a range of specialist advisory services to help theatres. They are a statutory consultee on planning applications. And They develop the debate on what makes a good theatre.

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Robe Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:06:30 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Robe are sponsoring The “Robe” Hire Company Team of the Year Award. To learn more about this award, Click Here

Robe lighting is based in the Czech Republic and manufactures innovative, high quality moving lights and digital lighting products for the professional entertainment & leisure, architectural and themed environment industries.

Central to the company philosophy is the practise of working as closely with our business partners and end users as possible, listening to their needs, thoughts and wishes and understanding their markets. Knowing our business is based on numerous individuals and we endeavour to meet as many of them face-to-face as possible. Building the “Robe Family” means that all comments and feedback are welcome.

The Robe brand is currently still experiencing growth in all sectors, and our products can be found on stages, in concert halls and TV studios and illuminating buildings and other structures worldwide.

Over 330 employees work at Robe’s primary 20,000 square metre facility in Valašské Meziříčí, and the products are exported via a worldwide distributor network to over 90 countries across all continents.

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PLASA London Stand S30 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:38:03 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that PLASA London are supporting the Technical Theatre Awards again this year. Thanks to PLASA London the TTAs team will be on stand S30 for the whole of PLASA London 2014 ExCel London.

Since its debut in 1977, PLASA London has become the world’s premier platform for pro audio, lighting, effects, rigging and stage technologies.

London is the world’s leading financial centre, the largest city in the European Union, and the most visited city on the planet. It is home to the world’s greatest theatre district and has more entertainment venues than any other capital city. From small theatres, independent music venues, festivals and stadia, to corporate and commercial installations, PLASA London is the perfect place to check out cutting edge, contemporary entertainment technology.


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d&b audiotechnik Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:20:30 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that d&b audiotechnik are sponsoring The “d&b audiotechnik” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound this year. To learn more about this award, Click Here

d&b audiotechnik operates internationally in the field of electroacoustics as a manufacturer of loudspeaker systems and electronics for high quality speech and music reproduction or sound reinforcement in public places. d&b is regarded as one of the leading companies in this market as a result of the use of technological developments, system integration principles, quality of construction and standard of service. d&b loudspeakers are used globally in rental and installation markets for events, multimedia, musicals, concert halls, theatres, opera houses, broadcast and everything from the smallest conference room to the largest stadium.

d&b audiotechnik also has a busy education programme of seminars and product workshops, held in different locations around the globe, many of which are free to attend. Click here for more information

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Voting for the 2014 TTAs is now OPEN Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:15:11 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are pleased to announce that voting for the 2014 awards is now OPEN.

View all 63 nominees across the 18 awards by Clicking Here.

or head straight to voting Click Here

This year, sponsors include:

Hawthorn, Opera Holland Park, Pearce Hire, Phillips, Pigs Might Fly South, PRG, Rigging Team, Rosco, Stage Sound Services, Design Software Solutions, Training for Design, Triple E

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Stage Sound Services Wed, 28 May 2014 10:22:48 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Stage Sound Services are sponsoring The “Stage Sound Services” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Programming To learn more about this award Click Here

Stage Sound Services has been trading for over 2 decades with Phil Hurley at the helm.

The company currently employs 24 full time members of staff as well as an ever growing team of freelancers from all corners of the industry.

Since its inception as a small Cardiff based hire company, Stage Sound Services has grown into a thriving sound and video hire/production company, providing equipment and technical specialists across the UK and abroad, with several high profile shows in London’s West End and Equipment hire to shows shipping all over the world.

In recent years, in partnership with our associated company Stage Lighting Services we have broadened our profile to provide services to the Events and Production industries as well as TV and Film. We are the largest independent supplier of Sound, Video, Lighting, Staging and Set in Wales and provide a complete one stop shop for our Customers.

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Proud Sponsors of West End Eurovision 2014 Sun, 25 May 2014 11:49:33 +0000 On Thursday evening, the TTA team put down their tool belts, ditched their t-shirts and arrived looking unusually glam for this years West End Eurovision in support of The Make A Difference (MAD) Trust. Proudly sponsoring the 2014 ‘Ident’ award the Technical Theatre Awards were treated to dazzling performances and an array of light hearted moments never to be forgotten! Raising over £66,000 for charity the evening was once again a huge success!

With fierce competition this year, 9 casts from some of the biggest shows in the West End battled out it for the 2014 winners trophy. Celebrity judges Graham Norton, Rylan Clarke, Caroline Quentin and Lesley Joseph had a difficult job on their hands with such high levels of entries, at times even creating unexpected outbursts of their own, adding to the light hearted humour of the evening.

As the performers waited anxiously for the votes to come in, it was time for Ian and Olivia to step-up on stage and announce the winners of this years ‘Ident’ Award. We all had our favourites back at TTA headquarters, however big congratulations goes to the Book of Mormon team, who were well deserved winners with their comical Ident and performance bringing much laughter to the event!

The whole of the TTA team were honoured to be sponsors of such an amazing event which raises money to care and support those with HIV and AID’s. Along with everyone else involved we hope to see West End Eurovision back once again next year after seven consecutive years!

View all the Ident videos online here

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Pigs Might Fly theatrical blood is an ultra-realistic, fully washable, non-staining running blood, developed by multi-award winning special effects make-up artist, Nick Dudman. With over thirty years experience in the industry Nick has worked as designer / supervisor on a huge range of successful motion pictures, including the entire Harry Potter series.

Nick found that in the course of his work he would regularly be asked by Special Effects teams to provide them with realistic fake blood. Nick needed a blood which would satisfy his exacting requirements so, as a keen meddler with lotions and potions and with numerous make-up effects jobs coming his way, he made up his own supplies for his work and it wasn’t long before other make-up artists were asking him to supply them also. The washability of this “blood” was the key to it’s success – other bloods on the market were notorious for staining, a costly problem on costumes, wigs and unprotected skin.

Nick’s ‘blood’ has so long been the popular choice of wardrobe, wig and props teams, due to the ease of washing it away from floors, furnishings and fabrics. The blood has also been used extensively by TV make-up artists, for both crime thrillers and hospital dramas.

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TTAs Launch Video 2014 Thu, 08 May 2014 16:18:57 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are ready to go again this year with nominations under way and voting opening in just 3 weeks we have just uploaded our TTAs 2014 Launch Video and published a new Press Release Clicking Here to read now or watch the video below.

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Hawthorn Mon, 05 May 2014 08:34:12 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Hawthorn are sponsoring The “Hawthorn” Receiving Venue Team of the Year Award this year. To learn more about this award, Click Here

Hawthorns are one of the UK’s largest suppliers of technical production equipment to theatres, conferences, weddings, concerts and events.

Hawthorn Theatrical was formed in 1987 by Martin Hawthorn who believed that there was a gap in the market for a good quality hire company, staffed by knowledgeable people to support theatres, dramatic groups, schools and colleges.

From Martin’s garage to our 110,000 square foot warehouse, this is still our ethos today, although we now hire, design and install for the biggest in the business, we still remain true to our roots. We are here to service the customer and are still open 7 days a week for back up for each and every customer.

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Pearce Hire Fri, 02 May 2014 14:31:16 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Pearce Hire are sponsoring The “Pearce Hire” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew this year. To learn more about this award Click Here

Pearce Hire view these awards as a way to publically recognise the technical expertise that is required backstage to ensure an excellent standard of production takes to the stage – be it on the West End stage or in a local theatre.

‘The Stage Crew award seemed to provide the perfect synergy with what we do at Pearce Hire as well as our main customer base’ observes Shaun Pearce, MD Pearce Hire. ‘After all, the stage crew are the life-blood of our industry’, he continues. ‘We have many designers, operators and lots of kit but with no crew to unload it, rig it, work it and then load it all back to prep for the next show, where would the industry be?’

Alongside their sponsorship of the Technical Theatre Awards and recognising excellence in stagecraft, Pearce Hire has a well-established intern/work experience programme at their HQ in Peterborough, working with their local performing arts and FE college to nurture the next generation of technical talent and stage crew for the industry.

‘This award will hopefully inspire all crew to reach for higher goals and technical excellence, and be rewarded with the recognition that they deserve’.

Shaun Pearce

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Rosco Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:10:35 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Rosco are sponsoring The “Rosco” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry this year. To learn more about this award, Click Here

Rosco, founded in 1910, is still best known for the products it originally manufactured: filters for entertainment lighting.

The company now offers products in more than a dozen categories. These include gobos (or patterns), correction filters for film lighting, fog and haze machines, dance floors, scenic paint and backdrops for theatre and film/video.

Rosco also has innovated a number of lighting equipment products, including rotators, projectors, intelligent mirrors and LitePad, a remarkable LED-based fixture.

The company has been honored with four awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the “Oscars”). The awards were for Rosco’s Cinegel range of lighting filters and the CalColor range of lighting filters. Other awards were won for the company’s backdrops and fog machines.

Rosco’s headquarters are in Stamford, Connecticut, with other US facilities near Austin, Texas and Hollywood, California. A truly multi-national company, Rosco maintains fully staffed businesses in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, and Spain.

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Design Software Solutions Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:52:30 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Design Software Solutions are sponsoring The “Design Software Solutions” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education this year. To learn more about this award, Click Here

Through our Vectorworks Training we have enormous expertise in Vectorworks software. We know the whole Vectorworks product suite in detail and as qualified designers ourselves we’re in the ideal position to assist you – whatever your situation:

  • We will take time to understand your situation and your design process
  • We can show you in person or online what Vectorworks can do and how easily the desired results can be achieved
  • We can propose a cost-effective combination of software and quality training to get you up and running – FAST
  • We will be there to help you once your training is finished with email and phone support
  • We can advise in the years to come when it is right to upgrade or how to get more from your existing Vectorworks investment

In addition we can also advise on and supply complementary products (software and hardware) to enhance your solution.

We have years of experience with Vectorworks. The training team is headed by Tamsin Slatter – read Tamsin’s story here “My Vectorworks Journey” and find out about our team at Design Software Solutions.

Take a look at the new Vectorworks 2013 version will make your work faster and easier. Take your designs to the next level with new tools and capabilities that enhance the 3D environment, improve the BIM workflow, offer more text options, improve usability, simplify DXF/DWG exchanges, and give you more features, content, control, and flexibility than ever.

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Global Design Solutions Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:14:06 +0000 The Technical Theatre Awards are proud to announce that Global Design Solutions are sponsoring The “GDS” Award for Venue Sustainability this year. To learn more about this award, Click Here

GDS is an award winning UK manufacturer that was established is 2004 with an international distribution network in over 42 countries. The company has its manufacturing facility in Bristol UK where it produces all of its six different product ranges. The diverse range of technology based products include ARC System, an advanced wireless and wired LED Auditorium House Lighting system. SMConsole range which includes stage managers desks and consoles. CueSystem incorporating unique TCPIP programmable Ethernet based cue light systems. Mobal Tester, the original and award winning automated Socapex tester. The multi award winning BlueSystem utilising BlueBeam and BlueDome, the worlds original and leading backstage LED working light system for any venue and finally our special projects team that deliver bespoke versions of our standard products.

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The “GDS” Award for Venue Sustainability Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:38 +0000 This is an industry specialist award to highlight the sustainability of a particular theatrical or events venue or company. Nominees should demonstrate an awareness of the ecological and environmental issues that a running venue contributes towards. Venues should be recognised for championing and maintaining alterations to the building or working methods used in order to create a more ecologically efficient place of work.

Nominees will be shortlisted and a winner chosen by leading industry specialists, :Entertaining Sustainability, thanks to GDS who are sponsoring this award for 2014. This award will be honoured to a company or venue for being recognised as contributing to a ‘greener’ working theatrical environment without compromising the quality and standard of the shows/events produced.

We are pleased to announce that this award has been sponsored by Global Design Solutions for more information Click Here

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