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Thursday, November 17


LDI After Dark
Las Vegas opens its arms – and dance floors – to LDI2022 attendees.
Present your LDI2022 badge for free entry into the hottest clubs in town. It’s the perfect way to check out the gear as you dance the night away. Each night will have exclusive VIP expedited entry and access to special VIP table booking options.

Industry After Party Schedule: Coming Soon!
Sponsored by: TAO Hospitality and Hakkasan

Thursday November 17, 2022 TBA
  Special Events
  • Session Number F10
Friday, November 18

9:00am PST

New Technology Breakfast : Lighting & Projection
From the newest LED fixtures and consoles to state-of-the-art projectors and pixels, hot new technology to put you on the cutting edge.

Friday November 18, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F1

11:00am PST

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Join the crowd as we cut the ribbon to launch LDI2022!

Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 11:15am PST
Expo Hall
  Special Events
  • Session Number F4

11:00am PST

Fostering the Future Roundtables
Join us right after Friday's New Technology Breakfast for a special meet and greet with the next generation of designers, technicians, and creators from LDI's Young Career Professionals Program, including the 2022 Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarship recipients. An A-list of industry experts will host round tables and share advice and insights as we "foster the future" of entertainment design and technology.

Friday November 18, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F5

12:00pm PST

LDI Portfolio and Website Review: Lighting and Projection
All students and young professionals are invited to participate in the LDI Portfolio and Website Review.  
Bring your portfolio and/or device to get tips one-on-one from the industry's top professionals.

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Deanna Fitzgerald

Lighting Designer, The Heart of Light
Deanna Fitzgerald is a Lighting Designer and member of United Scenic Artists. Her lighting design credits include a wide range of theatre, dance, opera, circus-themed, puppets, architectural lighting and more. Deanna the author of The Heart of Light, a primer for a life and career... Read More →
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Brackley Frayer

Professor of Lighting Design, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brackley Frayer is a professor of lighting design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has designed Oedipus at Polonus at the Delphi theater in Greece, for the International Ancient Greek Theater Festival. Regional design credits include work with Nevada Conservatory Theatre... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2022 12:00pm - 4:00pm PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F7

1:30pm PST

Music Sustainability Association: Sustainable Design and Power without Compromising Production Value
As sustainability becomes a focus in the live event industry, there is a calling for production to innovate and adopt green practices. In this panel we will discuss how designers, set construction companies, production managers and power companies can work collaboratively to minimize the use of virgin materials, maximize the use of existing inventory, and power shows efficiently.  

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Spike Brant

CEO, Nimblist
Spike Brant is CEO of Nimblist, the company he founded with Justin Collie in 2001. He has over 30 years of experience spanning all aspects of production from show design, lighting, site planning, creative, and producing. Seeing dumpsters of scenery on TV productions like the VMAs... Read More →
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Neel Vasavada

Founder & President, Overdrive Energy Solutions
Neel Vasavada is a driving force in the movement to bring green technology to the events industry. His engineering background and experience with both sustainable energy and live entertainment business development has led him to found Overdrive Energy Solutions.In 2003 he founded... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F6

3:00pm PST

The Entertainment Association Panel & Discussion
In describing his efforts to defend our industry over the last year, Michael T Strickland described it this way: “the airlines, the restaurants, the gyms all showed up in a Battleship. Our industry showed up in hundreds of canoes.” It is clear - we need a Battleship. The Entertainment Association is a new political action committee that will represent the entire entertainment industry; touring, television, corporate, trade shows, theatre, meta experiences and anyone in the business of creating entertainment. Like the airlines, we’ll combine our version of the pilots, baggage handlers, gate agents, airlines, airports, and traffic controllers into a single, powerful, united voice in the sea of noise that is Washington DC. Our gathering at LDI will be a chance to have a wide discussion of where we’ve come from, where we can go, and why this is desperately needed. For those who think, ‘why now, the pandemic is behind us’? What is the next threat to our industry that could shut it down completely in less than 48 hours? “That can’t happen again”… did you see the last one coming? Join us as Bandit Lites’ chair, Michael T Strickland and a host of panelists from all experiences in this journey take a look at what comes next.

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Nathan Alves

Partner, Darkroom Creative
NATHAN ALVES is a live event producer, concert designer, and technologist. He has filled various roles in the touring industry for a myriad of touring clients. As a founding partner at DARKROOM CREATIVE along with Seth Jackson, since 2019 he has collaborated and led tours for TOBY... Read More →
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Seth Jackson

Partner, Darkroom Creative
Seth Jackson has twice been awarded the Parnelli International Touring Award as Set Designer of the Year, the Redden Award of Excellence for his work on Star Wars in Concert, and is author of Concert Design. He was the creative director and designer for two Selena Gomez tours... Read More →

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Marcel Fairbairn

Founder/CEO, Gear Source
I started as a musician in my teens, and travelled with several bands. When I (quickly) realized that wasn't going to get me rich, I honed my selling skills in music retail - selling guitars, drums, sound systems, etc. That transitioned me to the lighting biz, where I ended up with... Read More →
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Marty Hom

Tour Manager
Marty Hom is a 40 year concert touring veteran who has worked with Barbra Streisand, Shakira, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, The Eagles, Alicia Keys, Shania Twain, and Janet Jackson. He has been with Fleetwood Mac for 21 years, most of those years as tour manager
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Robin Shaw

Co-Founder, Upstaging, Inc
Robin Shaw is a co-founder of Upstaging, Inc., which provides stage lighting, video, set construction event management and trucking services to the live event and touring industry. Robin is an innovator in the industry and her company’s clients are truly the who’s who of the music... Read More →
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Michael T. Strickland

Chair, Bandit Lites
Michael T. Strickland started Bandit Lites in 1968. The company grew into a global leader. Along the way he founded and owned Thomas Engineering US, Tomcat Engineering, US Avolites US, Best Techs, Gear Park, Authentic Stars, Vol Air, BPH and GRNLite. He also acquired Lights Up... Read More →

Friday November 18, 2022 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F8

6:00pm PST

Hard Rock’s Circle Bar may be gone but we have recreated that iconic LDI gathering place right on the show floor. Now that the industry is in swing again, we’re ready to party at the After-Hours Industry Party. Crews are back to work, so it’s the perfect time to reconnect with the friends and colleagues you haven’t seen in 18 months. Join us at the LDI Circle Bar + Lounge for drinks and food immediately after the show floor closes. Dine with us! Tacos, steak sandwiches, sliders, empanadas, nachos, spring rolls, salads and more!
The Circle Bar is also open during all show hours.

Friday November 18, 2022 6:00pm - 8:00pm PST
LDI Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F4
Saturday, November 19

9:00am PST

New Technology Breakfast : Audio, Staging & Rigging
New technology to be pitch perfect in terms of audio gear, that also meet the latest standards for staging and rigging.

Saturday November 19, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F3

10:00am PST

New Technology Breakfast: Special Effects & Lasers
A truly eye-popping display of pyro, lasers and effects that add panache to productions.

Saturday November 19, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F2

1:30pm PST

Interested in Becoming ETCP Certified?
Attend the ETCP Information Q&A Session at LDI to learn about the ETCP Certification program. ETCP offers four certifications: Arena; Rigging, Theatre; Rigging, Entertainment; Electricians; and Portable Power Distribution Technicians. ETCP certificants represent the top third of the industry. Come learn what it takes to earn your ETCP certification and maintain your certified status. You are worth it!
FREE to all LDI attendees!

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Tim Hansen

ETCP Council Chair, ESTA
For the past 43 years Tim Hansen has worked for various industry companies. After graduating from college in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science and then several summers as Lighting Designer and ME at Chicago area summer stock companies and community theatres, he earned his MFA in Technical... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F14

1:30pm PST

Shaking Things Up - A Case for Diversity Fireside Chat
Join us in the LDI Circle Bar + XR Lounge for a conversation on the need for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the live events industry, an important issue the industry is facing and there is so much more to learn.  

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Roma Flowers

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Classical & Contemporary Dance, Texas Christian University (TCU)
Roma Flowers has designed lighting for theatre, music concerts and dance. A recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (a.k.a. Bessie) for her lighting designs, she considers herself fortunate to have worked with such diverse artists in the field of theatre, dance and music... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2022 1:30pm - 2:30pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F11

3:30pm PST

Tools and Resources for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Join us for an in depth look into mental health challenges and the available support in our industry. Come listen to Steven Michelman, owner of EPS (Entertainment Project Services, LLC), as he speaks for the first time publicly about his own mental health journey. Hear from Lori Rubinstein, BTS executive director, about the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative and how it can benefit you, your family, and your colleagues. The presentation will provide an overview of the tool and resources developed specifically to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety. These include the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, online behavioral self-assessments, easy to navigate resources pages, information and resources on alcohol and substance abuse, Mental Health First Aid training, sample language on mental health, and resources to help fight bullying, harassment and intimidation. It will also include a detailed look at the program’s suicide prevention materials including the warning signs, the steps to take to help keep someone safe, and practical guidance and examples for those steps.

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Lori Rubinstein

Executive Director, Behind the Scenes Foundation
Lori Rubinstein is the Executive Director of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity which she has been with since its founding in 2005. She was the Executive Director of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) for almost 30 years where she oversaw... Read More →
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Steven Michelman

EPS, Founder
Steven Michelman founded EPS (Entertainment Project Services) in 2007. Since then, his company has offered clients expertise in mechanical design, engineering, project management and technical direction for production shows and large theme park attractions. Prior to EPS, Steven was... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2022 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F12

4:00pm PST

Lumen Brothers Live x LDI: Light Talk
The Light Talk podcast features seasoned professional lighting designers and educators— the original three Lumen Brothers Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), David Jacques (California State University Long Beach), plus Brackley Frayer (UNLV) as well as designers Zak Borovay and Driscoll Otto, and honorary Lumen Sisters Ellen Lampert-Gréaux (LDI/Live Design) and Ann McMills (San Diego State University)—who discuss the latest topics and developments in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting design and offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and they can be as silly as they are informative. Join us for a live taping and toss out questions and topics at LDI.

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Brackley Frayer

Professor of Lighting Design, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brackley Frayer is a professor of lighting design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has designed Oedipus at Polonus at the Delphi theater in Greece, for the International Ancient Greek Theater Festival. Regional design credits include work with Nevada Conservatory Theatre... Read More →
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David Jacques

California State University Long Beach
Originally trained in music composition and introduced to the theatre as a composer and musical director, David Martin Jacques has been designing lighting, sets, and projections for the past 37 years. His work spans across Europe, Asia, South America, Scandinavia, and North America... Read More →
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Stan Kaye

Kaye President and Principal, SKDesign and Consulting LLC
Stan Kaye is the founder and principal consultant of SKDesign and Consulting LLC. Throughout his 40 years of experience as a designer, educator, and consultant, projects have taken him to nearly all fifty states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has served as the director... Read More →
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Steve Woods

Professor of Theatre & Chair of the Stage Design Program, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Steve Woods has been a lighting designer for dance in Paris, Berlin, Moscow, London, Athens, Taipei, and Budapest, as well as for the XIX Winter Olympics. A frequent designer for the Jose Limon Dance, Company, he began work with the company in 1988, while other credits... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
  Special Events
  • Session Number F9

6:00pm PST

Diversity in Design Scholarships & LDI Product and Booth Awards Ceremony
Support diversity and inclusion as we acknowledge and celebrate the 2022 recipients of the 4th annual Pat MacKay Diversity In Design Scholarships, sponsored by LDI. Followed immediately by the LDI2022 Booth and Best Debuting Product Awards, which honor technological advances in new products from our exhibitors and those companies who excel in their booth design

Saturday November 19, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge
  Special Events
  • Session Number F13
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