Kinetic lighting teams with industry vet jim moody to expand community outreach, education

Industry veteran Jim Moody has teamed up with Kinetic Lighting, Inc. as a consultant focusing on the company’s education forums and outreach. Jim comes to the company with 50 years of experience in the lighting industry as a USITT Fellow, company owner, international lighting designer, author, and educator.

Jim produces the “Conversations With…” series where High School and College students are invited to Kinetic to speak with industry professionals who share how they got into the business and answer questions from students about their careers and focus within the profession.

In addition to the “Conversations With…” series, Jim helps coordinate classes over the summer for the local unions. Local 728 participated in two weekends of training on grandMA consoles hosted by Kinetic and taught by ACT Lighting. Local 33 and Local 728 also attended a weekend of follow spot training at Kinetic taught by Paul Rabinowitz of Strong Lighting.

Jim recently retired as a professor and Head of Technology & Design from the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College. In addition to his work at Kinetic, Jim is working on a new book with co-author and lighting designer, Jeff Ravitz.

USITT Midwest Section

Take advantage of your member benefits with the USITT Midwest Section’s member events. Below is a list of their fall section events. Be sure to register early as spots fill quickly.

Sept. 21 

Costuming, Lighting, and Sound at Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, MI.

  • Costume design and construction
  • Intro to lighting design
  • Ion programming and control integration with Q-Lab
  • Intro to sound: digital sound design with Q-Lab and Dante digital sound control

Email registration and questions to James Allen.

Nov. 2

Video Projection: Intermediate to Advanced at Show Sage, Franklin Pk., IL.

  • Designer John Boesche of the U. of I. will present an overview of making artistic decisions, considerations, etc. in using video projections for the stage and the tools: hardware such as projectors, lenses, & screen surface followed by control software such as Isadora and Q-Lab including attributes of each. John will include his use of WATCHOUT, the industry-standard software.
  • Staff at Show Sage will present a demonstration of WATCHOUT, the award-winning production and playback software used globally in theatre productions for scenic projection. It is one of the most widely used digital media systems for theatre, live events, museum exhibits, theme parks, corporate video walls and event spaces, and film and TV production. You will get a detailed look at the production interface and many of the useful features and functions of WATCHOUT. Output will be viewed utilizing two edge-blended projectors to reflect a typical live theatre application of digital media systems. The presenter is a highly experienced theatre production manager and WATCHOUT programmer.

Nov. 16

Luci Creative & Ravenswood Studio in Lincolnwood, IL. 9:30 a.m. – noon.

Join us for an immersive session in creating theatrical, cultural, and exhibition environments. Staff from Luci Creative will take us through the creative planning process followed by a tour of the Ravenswood Studios who bring that creativity into production. Examples of their work can be found throughout the area in theatres, museums, and corporate events. Check out their work at and

2019 Student Digital Design Competition

Entry Deadline: Nov. 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Student designers may present a digital portfolio of their original work for a single design in one or both of the following:

  1. Non-realized “paper” design — Students may choose from KCACTF Region 3 Regional Design Project Allowed Play whether the design had been entered in KCACTF or not.
  2. Realized design — Students may enter a design completed for a production at their school during the 2019 calendar year.

For complete details, contact USITT Midwest Design Coordinator: Shane Kelly.

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USITT Northern Boundry Section

Check out the Northern Boundry Section’s newsletter! In the latest issue you’ll find:

  • Info about the NBS FALL CONFERENCE- Sept. 13 and 14
  • Sustainable Theatre Design by Lucas Granholm
  • Guthrie Costume Rentals Annual Sale by Alicia Wold
  • Employment Opportunity – Scene Shop Supervisor at San Diego State University

Read the full issue here.