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Happy 2017 to all,

As you can probably tell by the fact that it is now February, the end of 2016 was a very busy time for HG Lighting Design. In fact, 2016 overall was the busiest year yet. It included everything I love to do. 2016 saw an uptick in theatrical design, television and film work, dance design, and large corporate meetings. I couldn't have done it without the help of the talented team members that I am able to call upon when clients and collaborators choose HGLD.  Please enjoy what was supposed to be a 4th quarter 2016 newsletter, and I hope you look forward to the next one.

Some 2016 Highlights

November saw HGLD collaborating with MATTE Projects on a re-imagining of Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet from 1922. This ballet was staged by the brilliant "punk rock" choreographer Karole Armitage. The ballet was a challenging trio of pieces in a created space at Mana Contemporary.  HGLD was tasked with realizing the vision of Ms. Armitage as well as the curators Roya Sachs and Mafalda Millies' Bauhaus concept and sense of style.  HGLD also designed the gala opening dinner featuring stylistic lighting evocative of the Bauhaus movement.

 For more photos, videos, and reviews, click here.


I've been hinting at the Wonderama project for a few months now. We shot in July but it has finally aired so I can now discuss it and show you pictures. Many of you know Wonderama from childhood as a fun kids' show with Sonny Fox. Now it's re-born with David Osmond as the host. It still has everything you used to love like "snakes in a can" and "dance emergencies," as well as special musical guests and even Evander Holyfield boxing against a 9 year old girl (spoiler alert - she won!). 

Wonderama posed many technical challenges that we gladly attacked. The show is shot in 360 with 7 cameras and you never know where you're going next.  The HGLD team solved this with the help of PRG Ground control followspots and Elation Satura spots as "keys" and "backs," which of course sometimes became sides and fills.  We used a bunch of fun FX lights from Elation like the ACL 360, ZW wash, and the Platinum FLX, all of which contributed to the musical numbers and other fun looks. The Solaris Mozart also featured in the rig. 

You can find Wonderama in your local listing. The show has been renewed and we look forward to many fast paced episodes in the land of Wonderama.  Special thanks to the HGLD team Sarah Jakubasz, Lois Catanzaro, John Anselmo, Dan Mullins, Bob Conover, Christie Lites NJ, PRG West, Elation, and TMB.




Bill Roudebush has been a frequent  collaborator, so when he called me to design his directorial debut at Delaware Theater Company, City of Conversation, I leapt at the chance.  The script has an incredible impact and, right before the election, it seemed even stronger.  The story is about a DC family that has grown up fostering dialogue between opposite sides of the political aisle. It speaks to the value of being able to have a civil discourse and come to a compromise. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, families are torn apart. James Dardenne designed a beautiful set to light and the team at DTC was a pleasure to work with. I look forward to returning. 


Corporate Events
For the 10 th year HGLD designed Johnson Controls with producers Aces2Spades, as well as the fledgling company Adient. Other corporate designs included United Health Group for Media Loft.

Straight Up Magic
Jason Bishop's  Straight Up Magic  at the New Victory theater was a  huge hit; we look forward to his return. 

Night of Possibility
MATTE Projects again called upon HGLD to design the GE Night of Possibility.  Click here to see more. 

Future Projects
Alice in Wonderland with the Pittsburgh Ballet, Wonderama, a private Fashion show, and some other exciting projects I can't yet discuss. 

That's all for now. 2017's first quarter is proving to be busy, but I'm still available for projects in the spring and summer.  Don't hesitate to reach out to see if we can work together. Keep an eye on the website for updates on what I'm working on; I'm trying to be faster at updating, and your interest will help me to do better. 

Please keep HGLD in mind - I'm always looking for more fun and challenging work, and I'm always seeking new collaborators. 


Herrick Goldman
HG Lighting Design inc