Innovation Gallery & Stage



12:00 - 12:20pm City Theatrical - Multiverse

City Theatrical’s Multiverse® wireless DMX/RDM technology has the ability to carry much more data while using much less radio energy than any present wireless DMX/RDM system. This will lead to a lighting world where every DMX lighting fixture contains a tiny, inexpensive DMX/RDM receiver chip, and more and more shows and permanent installations are run without data wires. Each Multiverse Transmitter broadcasts up to nine universes of DMX/RDM data spread over the 2.4GHz and 900MHz areas of the radio spectrum.  Multiverse Transmitters also have City Theatrical DMXcat® technology built in to allow access to the entire wireless lighting rig from users’ smart phones.

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Thursday, MARCH 15


2:45 - 4:00 pm The Academy of Makeup Arts Showcases: The Art of Transforming Actors into Characters

Ben Rittenhouse and Michael C. Meyer will transform an actor into a character right before your eyes, demonstrating the same techniques they teach their students at Academy of Make Up Arts. These techniques include character weathering, scarring with 3-D transfers, and hand-laying a beard. 


4:10 - 4:30 pm Using Projected Scenery - From the most trusted name in Backdrops...Grosh

Learn about backdrops in theatre and how to PROJECT the future. Grosh Digital is offering animated and still images to rent as projected scenery. Take a tour of how to project your backdrops for dozens of shows including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Peter Pan and more. 


4:40 - 5:00 pm Wireless Mic Belts

Introducing a demo for the WMB Belt Pac v2 with improved materials and design functions. The new Label System offers a writeable surface and cable management.

5:10 - 5:30pm RAF Electronics "Simply Brilliant" Non-Ellipsoidal Spotlight Technology

RAF introduces the next generation spotlight technology.  11+K lumens, only 88 watts, absolutely flat brightness across the field, 3000K color temperature, excellent resolution on A size gobo, standard form factor.

1:00 - 2:15 pm Florida Wire & Rigging Supply demonstrates - Fall Protection Equipment Inspection and Proper Usage

This hands-on inspection course teaches those responsible for the inspection of fall protection equipment to make educated decisions on the suitability for use. It includes inspection of various fall protection equipment, including full body harnesses, shock absorbing and positioning lanyards, self-retracting lifelines/devices, and anchorage connectors. This hands-on class will involve physically inspecting the equipment, which will be provided. This session qualifies for .5 ETCP Renewal Credits.


2:45 - 4:00 pm Design & Implementation of Dante Audio Systems for Performing Arts & Entertainment Venues by Audinate/Focusrite Pro

This hour-long session will give you a solid foundation on how to design, implement, and optimize audio systems using Dante for Performing Arts and Entertainment Venues. There will be live demonstrations showing the use of Dante Controller, Dante Virtual Soundcard & Via, Dante Domain Manager, and RedNet Control 2 software for the configuration and operation of the audio network.


4:10 pm - 4:30 pm AVERE® fixtures - Apollo Design


Our sister company AVID Labs® designs, engineers and manufactures the AVERE® line 

of LED fixtures in the USA. The AVERE® fixtures showcases their expertise in illumination 

optics and lighting design along with of their love of elegant design and solid execution.

All AVERE®  LED Fixtures feature:
• Stainless Steel Hardware
• Machined Aircraft-grade Aluminum Housing
• Custom RAL Colors and Housing Design Available
• Made in the USA



9:30 - 10:00 am Tech Olympics Awards Presentation

Tech Olympics judges will work long into the night to have results calculated and certificates printed in time for the Tech Olympics awards. Cheer on the winners and console those who will try harder next year. This is the place where winners can claim their prizes.


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11:00 - 12:30 pm Sapsis Rigging Dares You To Stump the Rigger

A perennial favorite! Audience members present their questions and technical problems to a select group of industry experts. No problem is too big or too obscure for this panel, or so they say. The person who stumps them wins the coveted Jack Suesse Memorial Stump the Rigger trophy and bragging rights for a year.


12:30 - 2:00 pm Sharing Theatrical Experiences Through Virtual Reality

This session explores the viability of Virtual Reality as a medium through which theatrical experiences can be shared. Can it be immersive enough to provide a compelling experience for the viewer in lieu of being there first-hand? Various workflows will be discussed, all involving: High-quality VR video capture, spatial audio recording via ambisonic microphones plus lavs, then synthesizing these elements in post-production to produce a fully fleshed out VR experience. Potential points of view include: audience, onstage, backstage, orchestra, or control booth. As VR technology gets better, cheaper, and more prolific, this could provide a pathway to sharing theatrical experiences with those otherwise prevented from attending due to physical or psychological impairment, or simply for reasons of distance, money, travel time, etc. Additionally, marketing opportunities for theatre arts departments in education abound.

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