State-of-the-Art Theatre Upgrades Implemented at Genesee Community College

After a quiet fall theatre season, the spring season at the Genesee Center for the Arts is overflowing with live performances, due in part to brand new, state-of-the-art lighting and rigging upgrades in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, implemented this past fall.

After a quiet fall theatre season, the spring season at the Genesee Center for the Arts is overflowing with live performances, due in part to brand new, state-of-the-art lighting and rigging upgrades in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, implemented this past fall. The Center for the Arts, located on the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College has undergone improvements totaling over $200,000, not including the adjacent art gallery that is currently in the finishing stages of construction.

Ed Hallborg, the theater's technical director, said the upgrades to the theatre were to improve lighting quality and controls to current technical standards, and also safety improvements for the rigging to support both light fixtures and stage curtains. A video of the ‘behind the scenes’ workings of the new equipment can be viewed at www.youtube.com/SUNYGCC under the video “Making Theater Magic.”

The rigging improvements addressed new safety and building codes, while the lighting upgrade consists of a new dimming system and a new lighting console. A new sound recording system called ProTools allows for state-of-the-art recordings for not only theatre performances, but for student classroom use.

“Although many of the upgrades were certainly needed, much of the new technology is behind the scenes,” Hallborg said. “Regular patrons may not even notice the improved lighting and sound equipment, but the cast and crew who work behind the curtain or up in the Control Room, as well as Fine Arts students, will be grateful for the new, easy-to-use, modern technologies.”

Genesee’s modern facilities allow for increased hands-on experience for students in the Fine Arts curriculum, specifically Technical Theater majors. Demand is high for qualified, skilled, and talented technical theatre professionals in communities large and small across the country. Genesee graduates are ready to work in professional and community theatre facilities, as television crew, special events management, musical and opera companies, major touring productions and concerts, and in the travel/cruise entertainment industries.

Technical Theater career opportunities include stagecraft technicians, theatre electricians, lighting designers / technicians, stage director and managers, sound designers / technicians and set designers / technicians. Students also have great transfer options to further their education with institutions such as the University of Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Ithaca College and SUNY Brockport.

For further information please contact Edward Hallborg at 585-343-0055 x6618 or ERHallborg@genesee.edu. For photos and updates on the events at the Genesee Center for the Arts visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GCCTheater .

The Spring 2011 schedule of performing arts events at Genesee Center for the Arts include:

  • “In the Blood” by Suzan-Lori Parks / February 3, 4, and 5
  • Batavia-Bayou Cultural Connection with live music from Mumbo Jumbo and LeeRon Zydeco and the Hot Tamales / February 19
  • Tony Brown and the Faithful / February 25
  • AElinor Oratoria-Chorale Concert / March 6
  • Stone Row / March 12
  • “Nobody Likes Mordacious” Children’s Theatre by Jack Stokes / March 23, 24 and 25 “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell / April 7-10.

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