ETC Eos Inspiring Students At NIDA

Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is recognised internationally as one of the premier schools for technical theatre training. The NIDA production provides the ultimate skill set for students combining formal teaching with practical, hands-on experience. It also pushes students to work outside of the technical square, and none has been more evident than second-year NIDA student, Luke Woolley, who heard about how fabulous the ETC Eos console was and took it upon himself to get access to Eos for a production of Unidentified Human Remains in the Parade Theatres.

The show’s lighting was designed by 2008 NIDA graduate Jack Horton with Luke acting as head electrician. Rob Kelly, NIDA’s Technical Supervisor, supported the venture and invited Jands to come to the NIDA campus and demonstrate the ETC Eos to the entire class. So impressed with the level of enthusiasm, Jands donated the use of the Eos for the production.

“The great thing about the Eos was its familiarity, as we only had a short time to learn it before going into plot. This was a big plus,” commented Luke. “The effects engine was also a good tool to learn in quick time, with its clear layout and premade effects I was able to aid the designer in what they wanted and quickly move onto the next cue.

“What I liked best about the desk was that I was able to make the desk work the way I wanted it to work, setting it up in a way that aided me best. With the different formatting for the different screens it was a great tool in setting up an environment that was

quick to move around within, with all the information at the touch

of a button.”