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Women to Light Up LDI 2019

Leading women from the world of lighting, video, and digital media design will host a series of panel discussions, knowledge-sharing and training sessions at LDI 2019. The LDI Show is at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Nov. 18–24.

Organizers say it follows a long tradition of women taking the helm at LDI, from founder Pat MacKay to creative director Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, to show manager Jessi Cybulski and Marian Sandberg, digital products content director, to sales managers including Kelly Turner and Jo Zola.

“Women hold up half the sky but have never been an equal force in the entertainment design and technology industry,” says Lampert-Gréaux. “Fortunately, that is changing, with more women in leadership roles and top design positions. Live Design and LDI are proud to be at the forefront and I’m happy to say there is a great list of women participating in our LDI professional training program this year.”

Starting in the LDInstitute, Green Hippo’s Hippotizer hands-on media server training will be taught by Rachael Cady, a freelance lighting and projection designer living in Kansas City, MO. Her design work has been seen all over the world, and she served as the head projections programmer for Green Day’s American Idiot (Broadway production), Jennifer Lopez’s AKA Tour, Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour, Imagine Dragons, and Wintuk (Cirque du Soleil). In addition, Cady has worked as a Hippotizer media server tech and engineer for Pitbull, Cirque du Soleil, and Paula Abdul.

Instructors for A.C.T Lighting’s hands-on class with the MA Lighting grandMA3 console include Aria Grosvenor, who received her BFA in Lighting Design through Webster University.

Maegan Wilson will be at the head of the class for High End Systems Basic Hog 4 training. Wilson studied lighting and projection technologies at the University of Texas in Austin. During her time there, she started working as an intern for High End Systems and then became part of the product support team.

Lighting and projection designers appearing as featured speakers at LDI2019 include the esteemed Tony and KOI Award-winning Peggy Eisenhauer, who will discuss her “Lighting Design Of A Lifetime,” for Le Rêve at The Wynn with the session taking place right in the fabulous aqua theatre that houses this award-winning show.

Also on the docket are NYC-based LD Jen Schriever, lighting and digital media artist Maranda Debusk, Solveig Busler Executive Board Member at Schnick Schnack Systems, Anaheta Agahian and Catherine Pendleton, and Elaine McCarthy. LDI’s new Extended Reality sessions spotlight Ashley Crowder, Founder and CEO at VNTANA, and Audrey Lane of Strangeloop Studios.

In addition, Audrey Michaels of Extraordinary Events moderates a digital design session at our new LiveXperience Symposium, co-produced by LDI and XLIVE at MGM Grand.

Vickie Clairborne of disguise will be moderator for The Art Of Programming sessions, four on lighting consoles and two on media servers. And Wendy Luedtke of ETC chats about color.

Andrea Jepson of LMG will moderate the panel discussion “Shaking Things Up: The Case For Diversity in Live Events” with panelists including Ormilla Vengersammy and the winners of the Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarships, where this year’s winners include talented female and non-binary students who represent the future of design.

For more information, go to www.ldishow.com.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Professional Lighting & Production. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.