Long Reach Long Riders complete 2019 charity ride

With a healthy mix of Colorado’s mountain peaks and mountain goats, spectacular curves, amazing views and the close-knit camaraderie of the participants, the Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have completed their 16th Annual Charity Ride, dubbed “The Altimeter Tour.” Ride Marshal Jon Kirchhofer executed a nearly flawless logistical plan, choosing routes, restaurants, and rest stops that kept the 26 riders and chase car drivers entertained and looking forward to each additional day.

Since 2004, the LRLR have ridden all over the U.S. and parts of Canada to help raise awareness and funds for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charities. Donations are still being accepted for this year’s ride through Aug. 31, and the total raised this year is already over $50,000. “The need now is greater than ever,” said Mark Heiser, a core member of LRLR and Treasurer of Behind the Scenes. “As more people learn of our mission, more grant applications come in. Every little bit helps!”

Learn more about the ride or donate!

Call for Papers: Excellence in Entertainment Engineering Research

The Excellence in Engineering Thesis Research Project will be returning to the Annual Conference & Stage Expo in 2020.

This project aims to discover, recognize, share, and inspire research that furthers the industry. The USITT Engineering Commission is inviting recent graduates who have exhibited rigor, innovation, and creativity in their research to submit their papers for consideration. “Excellent” theses should challenge or advance the industry and be focused on new technology, innovative applications, or a deeper understanding and application of engineering principles to theatre. Research in any field of entertainment technology is welcome.

Selected authors will be invited to present their work in an Engineering Commission session at the USITT2020. Thesis presenters will receive complimentary full Conference registration.

Submissions open Aug. 28 and must be completed by Oct. 27.

For complete information, visit Research Thesis Call 2019.

Undergraduate Student Emerging Scholars Panel: August Wilson Society 2020 Colloquium

The August Wilson Society (AWS) is seeking essay submissions for its 2020 Biennial Colloquium Undergraduate Student Emerging Scholars Panel. Papers may consider any topic related to August Wilson studies.

A total of three submissions will be selected for the panel. Each panelist will have 15 minutes to deliver their paper. Additionally, papers will receive critical feedback during the session from a select panel of scholars. Submissions are welcome from anyone currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

The highest quality papers will be selected based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, quality of research, and critical and/or theoretical approach.

Submissions should be seven-eight pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Please use either Chicago or MLA style citations.

All submissions must include your name, paper title, school affiliation, and contact information (telephone number and email address).

Submissions are due Nov. 1, 2019. If accepted, you will be notified by Dec. 1, 2019.

E-mail your completed essay submission as an MSWord attachment to augustwilson2020@gmail.com. Please use “AWS Undergraduate Panel BTA Emerging Scholars Panel” as the subject heading.

Ted Ohl, Founding Partner of Pook Diemont & Ohl (PDO), Resigns from Texas Scenic Company (TSC)

Ted Ohl, founding partner of Pook Diemont & Ohl, Inc. has left the Texas Scenic Company as of Aug. 2, 2019. “I am ready for a change — for a chance to explore new opportunities and to continue using my experience and passion to grow our industry’s reach,” Ohl said.

Ohl’s most recent projects include NYC’s Javits Convention Center Expansion, The Shed at Hudson Yards, Nashville’s Belmont University PAC, Capitol One Center in VA, and the TSC Palace in Times Square. Ohl has mastered a wide variety of industry-related skills including construction/contracting law, banking, accounting, marketing, sales, union relations, and insurance. He loves to travel and meet new people — and solve their theater design and construction conundrums.