New education sessions added to PLASA London 2014

Professional Development Programme will cover a variety of topics
PLASA London 2013.
PLASA London 2013.


PLASA London 2014 has announced a host of new sessions that have been added to its Professional Development Programme.

The latest additions are spread across the programme’s two venues - the Audio and AV Theatre and the Lighting and Stage Theatre – and include contributions from Martin Professional, d&b audiotechnik, Rockart Design, the Association of Sound Designers, Total Training and :entertaining sustainability.

The Professional Development Programme is part of PLASA London 2014, which takes place at ExCeL London from 5 – 8 October. The programme’s aim is to test theory, inspire debate and showcase expert insight from the different areas of the entertainment technology industry.

Rockart Design’s session, ‘Making the Eurovision Set Come to Life’, will see Nicoline L. Refsing - creative director and content producer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 - reveal the creative process behind performances from the competition’s 37 participating countries.

The Association of Sound Designers will address a subject that has arisen from the recent decision by Tony Awards Administration Committee to eliminate the sound design awards from its programme. ‘What's the Difference Between a Sound Designer and a Sound Engineer? #TonyCanYouHearUs?’ will discuss a perceived ignorance in the wider theatre industry about the work of its sound designers and other members of the sound department.

‘The d&b Workflow. Efficiency in Sound System Project Management’ will demonstrate the d&b audiotechnik workflow - from system design to implementation through planning, simulation and control of the final result.

Lighting and Stage Theatre sponsor, Martin Professional, will deliver a session about ‘The Use of Intelligent Lighting within TV’. The lighting manufacturer will also host two further sessions ‘Technology of Theatre Lighting’ - an insight into the way technology has changed how lighting designers create their shows and 'The History & Evolution of Martin/JEM smoke products in Lighting Design' - how smoke and haze products have evolved over the years to fit the needs of lighting design.

Total Training - part of the Total Solutions Group – will present ‘Four Rigging Basics’ - a short presentation focusing on what employers, managers and technicians should understand before carrying out rigging work or engaging rigging contractors.

Tim Atkinson, Technical Director of :entertaining sustainability, will lead ‘What can resource monitoring tell me - apart from how many resources I'm using?’. Whether its water, paper, electricity or gas, Tim will outline the things you can monitor, how to do it simply, and what those things might be telling you.

All of the Professional Development Programme sessions are free to attend for PLASA London 2014 badge holders but additional registration is required. To view the full programme and to register for seminars, visit

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