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8 Jan 2015

Richard Pilbrow to Kickoff Educational Seminars at PLASA Focus: Orlando

The educational seminar program of PLASA Focus: Orlando will kick off on Tuesday, February 17 at 9am with "Light and Theatre – 50 Years of Change."

Presented by ElektraLite, speaker Richard Pilbrow will describe and discuss 50 years of revolutionary change that has occurred in stage lighting, theatre technology and theatre architecture, and explore the rich possibilities that lie around the corner. Immediately following the seminar, Richard Pilbrow will be signing books on the show floor at the Group One booth #408. "High-caliber education is critical to the process of sharing ideas in design and technology, and bringing these kinds of resources to regional events such as PLASA Focus: Orlando are essential for our ever-evolving market," said Tyler Wise of Group One Limited.

Free registration to both the show floor and educational seminars can be obtained by visiting the website.

Richard Pilbrow is a lighting designer, theatre design consultant, and author. He founded Theatre Projects in 1957. He has been a producer of theatre, film and TV. He was a pioneer of stage lighting in Britain and was retained by Sir Laurence Olivier to be first lighting designer, and then theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. He was a founder of the ABTT, the ALD and the STC. His books "Stage Lighting" (1970) and "Stage Lighting Design - the Art, the Craft, the Life" (1997) have become international texts. His 2011 book "A Theatre Project" was 2013 winner of the prestigious USITT Golden Pen Award. Under his leadership, Theatre Projects has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world with more than 1,200 projects in over 70 countries to its credit.

Additional seminars will be given by such experts in the industry as: Josh Allen (Theatre Consultants Collaborative), William R. Benner, Jr. (Pangolin Laser Systems), Frank Brault (Vectorworks), Scott Chmielewski, George Dodworth (Lightwave International), Dan Goldsmith (X-Laser), Tony Hanson, Tom Harman (Laser Production Network), Jim Hutchinson (CHAUVET Professional), Christine Jenkin (ILDA), Mark Kiracofe (IATSE), Brian Lawlor (IATSE), Tom Littrell (ETC), Greg Makhov (Lighting Systems Design Inc), Tobin Neis (Barbizon) and Geoff Platt (TMB). Due to the nature of live events, this list is subject to change.

For further information please contact:

Laura Hoepker
PLASA, 630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036, USA.
Tel: +1 608-237-8561 : Email:

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.