Article Archives






Greg Husinko

May 2007

Greg Husinko, Production Electrician on Le Reve.

Fred Foster

April 2009

2001 Interview with Fred Foster, CEO of Electronic Theatre Controls

Roger Desmond 

June 2009

What's It Like To Be On Tour With A Broadway Show? 

Eric Schultz  

October 2009

What's It Like To Be A House Electrician In New York City?

Adam Klein 

March 2010

What's It Like For An American To Live And Work In London For A Year?

Ken Posner 

October 2010      

In Depth with Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer Ken Posner.

Dawn Chiang 

February 2011            
International Lighting Designer and Theatre Consultant Dawn Chiang.

Peggy Eisenhauer

November 2011

In Depth with Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer Peggy Eisenhauer.

Jeff Croiter 

June 2012        
In Depth with Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer Jeff Croiter.

Alan Lampel

April 2013 Twenty Five Years Of Dry Ice Fog on The Phantom Of The Opera.

Chris Kurtz

December 2013 Chris Kurtz, Deck Electrician On The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time.

George Balanchine

July 2014   In the wings with George Balanchine.

Pip Biancamano

September 2014 

City Theatrical Talks With The Tonight Show's Pip Biancamano.

Alex Fogel 

December 2014

What It's Like To Be A Young Moving Light Programmer On Broadway.

Jake DeGroot  

September 2016                   
City Theatrical Talks with Lighting Designer Jake DeGroot.
JR Sample

January 2018   Life On The Road - An Interview with Touring Professional JR Sample 

Phil Widmer 

April 2018  City Theatrical talks with Lighting Designer for LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and Eyewitness News 

Tom Lenz

May 2018  City Theatrical talks with Scenic Designer for Netflix's The Break with Michelle Wolf 

Tyler Micoleau / Scott Pask

November 2018 City Theatrical talks LED Tape with the Tony award winning designers of The Band's Visit.

Quinn McDonald / Jack O'Connor

February 2019 City Theatrical talks to high school students Quinn McDonald and Jack O'Connor, who are designing professional-grade lighting for high school shows in the Northeast.

Al Crawford

April 2019 City Theatrical talks to Al Crawford Al Crawford, CEO of Arc3design, who has designed lighting in nearly every major opera house and theatre around the world, as well as for architecture, broadcast TV, and more.

June Abernathy

June 2019 City Theatrical talks to June Abernathy, a 30-year Spotlight veteran and Front Light Supervisor for The Lion King US Tour, who transformed her experiences behind the spotlight into The Spotlight Operator's Handbook, now available on Amazon.

Andrew Voller

August 2019 City Theatrical talks to UK-based lighting designer Andrew Voller, who has designed for theatrical productions throughout Europe, USA, Japan, and beyond, and is also the creator and developer of Moving Light Assistant™, an application that has become an industry standard for documenting moving light rigs.

Jay Woods

September 2019 City Theatrical talks to Jay Woods to find out more about his design approach, whether he's working on outdoor installations, like the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, or on television or theatrical projects.

Tim Deiling

October 2019 City Theatrical interviewed Tim Deiling to find out more about his past, present, and future, including a closer look at his experiences designing SiX The Musical, now in its seventh production worldwide.

Martin Chisnall

December 2019 City Theatrical interviewed Martin Chisnall, a London-based Production Electrician who was recognized as ABTT Technician of the Year in 2019.

Japhy Weideman

January 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Japhy Weideman to find out more about his path to becoming a lighting designer, as well as future plans and experiences designing Dear Evan Hansen, now playing in London.

Andrew Nikel

March 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Andrew Nikel upon his retirement from City Theatrical in Spring 2020.

Jane Cox

April 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Lighting Designer Jane Cox, recent Drama Desk nominee for her work in The Secret Life of Bees at the Atlantic Theatre and her role as Director of the Theater Program at Princeton University.

Isabella Byrd

May 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Lighting Designer Isabella Byrd to learn more about her Lucille Lortel Award winning design for Heroes of the Fourth Turning, as well as other projects and her perspective on lighting the downtown theatre circuit.

Beowulf Boritt and Bradley King

June 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Tony Award winning designers, lighting designer Bradley King and set designer Beowulf Boritt, from Broadway's Flying Over Sunset, which closed during previews in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, to learn more about their design for the show, how they worked together, and thoughts on the future of lighting for theater.

Matthew E. Adelson

August 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Matthew E. Adelson, the lighting designer of Godspell (Berkshire Theater Group), the first union production to successfully reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, to find out more about the process of designing a show during the pandemic.

Ken Billington on SLEEPLESS London

September 2020 City Theatrical held a designer Q&A with legendary lighting designer Ken Billington, to learn more about his design process for SLEEPLESS London, one of the UK's first productions to open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michelle Poley

September 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Michelle Poley, the founder of lighting design firm, LightCue, three time Emmy Award winner, and former Director of Lighting for CNN Washington.

Matt Gordon and Mick Smith

October 2020 City Theatrical interviewed Eastern Lighting Design's Matt Gordon and Mick Smith, to learn more about the lighting design techniques and technology that have gone into some of the studio projects of this budding company's past, present, and future.

Ben Stanton on A Christmas Carol Live

November 2020 City Theatrical held a designer Q&A with Ben Stanton, the Lighting Designer behind A Christmas Carol Live, which is scheduled to have its world premiere live capture from the United Palace Theatre in New York City in November 2020, with replay video streaming on demand through January 3, 2021.

Mitchell Fenton on Pippin Australia

December 2020 City Theatrical held a designer Q&A with Mitchell Fenton, the Associate Lighting Designer behind Pippin Australia, which is Australia's first show to open since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Peter Small on The Great Christmas Feast

January 2021 City Theatrical interviewed London-based lighting designer Peter Small and learned more about his recent designs, including The Great Christmas Feast, an immersive production for the Lost Estate, and Olivier winning Baby Reindeer for Edinburgh Fringe and the Bush Theatre in London.

Ken Billington on Waitress the Musical Japan Tour

February 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Ken Billington to learn more about the careful coordination on a global scale that went into the lighting design process for Waitress the Musical Japan Tour.

Allen Lee Hughes

April 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Allen Lee Hughes to find out more about how he got started in lighting design, what he's working on now, and his thoughts on where we’re going as an industry.

Tim Deiling on SiX London Re-opening

May 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Tim Deiling regarding his work on SiX London as part of the re-opening of the West End in the early stages of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jack Weir on Death Drop London

June 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Jack Weir regarding his work on Death Drop London as part of the re-opening of the West End in the early stages of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Baldassari on After Midnight at the Signature Theatre

June 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Mike Baldassari about his work for the recent hybrid production of After Midnight, filmed for digital streaming on stage at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

Yuki Nakase Link on Seven Deadly Sins NYC

July 2021 City Theatrical interviewed NYC-based lighting designer Yuki Nakase Link to learn more about her work designing Seven Deadly Sins NYC in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.

Mitchell Fenton on Sound of the Silk Road in Xi'an, China

July 2021 City Theatrical interviewed associate lighting designer Mitchell Fenton to learn more about the careful coordination on a global scale that went into the lighting design process with lighting designer Ken Billington for Sound of the Silk Road Xi'an China.

Marcus Doshi on PASS OVER on Broadway

September 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Marcus Doshi to learn more about the lighting design process for PASS OVER, which was the first new show to open on Broadway since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Jeff Croiter on Freestyle Love Supreme's re-opening at the Booth Theatre

October 2021 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Jeff Croiter to learn more about his process for designing the lighting for the 2021 Broadway re-opening of Freestyle Love Supreme, a show in which the content changes every night, and how it is different from the design of the past five iterations of the show.

Mitchell Fenton

November 2021 City Theatrical interviewed Australian-born, NYC-based lighting designer Mitchell Fenton to learn more about his past, present, and future.

Kevin Barry on using RadioScan at Company

November 2021 City Theatrical interviewed Production Electrician Kevin Barry to learn more about his experience using tools like RadioScan® Spectrum Analyzer to scan local frequencies in real time to optimize the performance of his Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system during each production of Company on Broadway.

Marcus Doshi

January 2022 City Theatrical interviewed lighting designer Marcus Doshi, who designed PASS OVER, the first Broadway show to return to Broadway following the COVID pandemic, to learn more about his past, present, and future.






How to Make a Sconce with Flame Effect

June 2018  

Learn how to build flame boxes similar to those seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during Jurassic World Week.

3 Simple QolorPIX® Recipes for Stunning Effects

July 2018         

Get started with QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and Tape Controller quickly and easily using these simple recipes for One Color Paparazzi Fade, Comet, and Color Merge effects.

How to Create a Full Moon Effect

July 2018

Learn how to achieve a 12-foot Full Moon LED effect similar to the one created by New York City Center's Mark Mongold for Songs for a New World.

How to Create Signage with QolorFLEX NuNeon

October 2019

Learn how the team at The Public Theater created theatrical signage using QolorFLEX NuNeon for their production of SOFT POWER.

How to Create Dynamic Pixel Effects

January 2020

Learn how the creative team from Quantum Creative Studios used QolorPIX Pixel Controlled LED Tape and Tape Controllers to create dynamic pixel effects at the theme park in American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Case Studies

Name Newsletter Notes
Hurricane Sandy flood report 
November 2012 

City Theatrical's report of Hurricane Sandy. 

10 Million Miles 

May 2007      

Lighting Designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer take the star drop to a new level.

Elvis People

June 2007 

Lighting Designer Robert Robins created a battery powered DMX controller. 

SHoW DMX® Mini Case Studies 

December 2007

Case studies of SHoW DMX® being used in different circumstances.

The Pope uses SHoW DMX

May 2008

Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium using SHoW DMX®.

Winter Wonder Lights 

January 2009

Jay Woods of Jay Woods Design created the spectacular Winter WonderLights.

Grand Central Kaleidoscope 

February 2009

The main terminal of Grand Central Station used color and light this holiday season.

SHoW DMX® in Trinidad

May 2009

The Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, uses SHoW DMX® Transmitters.

Mexico uses SHoW DMX® in lighting of the Uxmal Archeological site

May 2009

SHoW DMX® being used on lighting of the archeological site Uxmal in Mexico.

SHoW DMX U2 360º Tour

July 2009 

U2 On Tour

Gravesend Inn

November 2009 

The Gravesend Inn created by the students of New York City College of Technology.

The Servant of Two Masters

March 2010

The Servant of Two Masters at the Yale Repertory Theatre. 

Piers 88 and 90 

May 2010
Custom LED power/data supplies for New York City's piers. 

SHoW DMX® at Second Baptist Church 

June 2010              
Lighting Designer Tom Stanziano lighted all of the Second Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas. 

SHoW DMX® at Norwegian Opera 

July 2010

City Theatrical's SHoW DMX on "Around the World in 80 Days".

Peter Pan at the Milwaukee Ballet

July 2010

Lighting Designer David Grill used SHoW DMX® for a new full-length ballet of Peter Pan

Lighting The White House 

February 2011       
Al Crawford of Arc3design incorporated CTI's gear into the White House.

Mountain Light

February 2011   

The 21st Annual Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championship.

Met Ring Cycle 
March 2011     Tony Giovanetti describes lighting the ring cycle at The Metropolitan Opera.

Tisch WNET Studios

May 2011    

TV Lighting Designer Bob Culley specified the lighting at Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center.

Custom U2-360º Degree Tour LED/Microphone 

July 2011
Tommy Voeten, of NYC 1212-Studio, Inc. Used SHoW DMX® in the microphone. 

Delta Airlines

July 2011

CTI modifies Delta Airlines first class seats for Cigar Box Studios. 

Dinosaur Exhibit 

September 2011               Focus Lighting needed custom flocked Top Hats at the Natural History museum.

Andrea Bocelli

October 2011

Andrea Bocelli in NYC's Central Park With SHoW DMX® Wireless DMX. 

CBNC Showman Fabricators 

November 2011

Showman Fabricators used CTI's D3 Dimmers for CNBC Studio.

Miss'd America Pageant 

January 2012 
Miss'd America pagent used SHoW Babys in their drag show. 

Rock of Ages 

April 2012 

Mike Baldassari discussed the lighting for the feature film Rock of Ages

London's Tower Bridge "Olympics"

July 2012             

City Theatrical's lights the Tower Bridge the way to Olympic Stadium.

Super Why Live Tour

August 2012   SHoW DMX® SHoW Baby used on the Super Why Live Tour. 

Stamford Train Station

February 2013

New LED lighting for the Stamford Train Station. 
Lucky Guy 

April 2013

Lighting Designer Jules Fisher needed a custom effect for the Broadway show Lucky Guy.

Adana Theatre Festival in Turkey 

May 2013

Water show spectacular uses SHoW Babys at the opening ceremonies of the 15th International Theatre in Adana, Turkey.

Terra Tractus 

July 2013

Jamie Burnett lights Terra Tractus. 

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

August 2013              
Lighting for the London production of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Wireless Dimming 

January 2014

NYU production using City Theatrical's Wireless Dimming in there show Monstrous

SHoW Baby Shows

June 2014      More SHoW Baby productions.

Amazing Spiderman 2

June 2014  LED lighting for The Amazing Spiderman 2

Tillikum Crossing 

February 2015 

SHoW DMX® Vero units used in Tillikum Crossing Bridge, Portland, Oregon.

Lighting Offices 

February 2015

Boyce Products constructed lightboxes with DMX control to change color and intensity.  

QolorFLEX™ LED Tape

February 2015

Television shows that have used our LED tape.

Eurovision Song Contest  

May 2015              

SHoW DMX Neo® Used on the Eurovision stage.

Best Time Ever 

September 2015 

QolorFLEX™ LED Tape used to build the set of NBC's Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

Channel Zero Unplugged Tour 

December 2015

Iconic Belgian band "Channel Zero" uses CTI'S Incandescent Candle Stick on tour.

The Hudson Hotel Escalator 

January 2016              

The Hudson Hotel improved their main entrance.

Luminaria Palo Alto 

March 2016           

Luminaria Palo Alto got a lighting makeover with SHoW DMX® Vero.

Night To Shine Prom 

April 2016     

Using QolorPoint™ Wireless LED Uplighters at Faith Church in New Milford, CT. 

National Music Forum 

May 2016              
National Forum of Music incorporating SHoW Baby and Pathway into their theatre. 

​​Havre de Grace

June 2016 

Designer William A. Price, III brought DMX-controlled light to this historic town. 

​​Aladdin, Broadway To West End 

July 2016

Aladdin's shows from Broadway to the West End using the SHoW DMX® Wireless DMX. 

Metropolitan Opera 

August 2016 

The Metropolitan Opera upgraded to Wireless DMX with Maximum Bandwidth Technology™. 

​​Jason Bishop Magic Show

December 2016              

Illusionist Jason Bishop incorporated QolorFLEX™ LED Tape and B4 Dimmer into an illusion. 

Red Rocks Church

January 2017 

Red Rocks Church used City Theatrical QolorFLEX™ LED Tape for major performance.

War Paint

February 2017           

City Theatrical's RGBI QolorFLEX™ LED Tape is designed for the set of War Paint.

Enchanted Snowflake Experience At Mall Of America

March 2017              

Mall of America to Snowflake art installation/show experience.


Texas State Aquarium 

January 2018  Texas State Aquarium 

Special Olympics Countdown at The Spheres

April 2018  Special Olympics Countdown at The Spheres 

Starry Sky at Eccles Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT

July 2018 This Broadway-style theatre's award-winning ceiling feature requires a complex dimming scheme that relies on 78 City Theatrical QolorFLEX 4x2.5A Dimmers.

LED Tape Lighting and Control at the Observatorium™ on the independence of the Seas® and Mariner of the Seas® 

August 2018 

As a new and innovative concept within ship-wide renovation projects, the focus for the Oberservatorium was to seamlessly integrate the scenic environment with the room's escape game, leaving guests with a memorable experience.



For more recent case studies, visit our Experience page.

Training Documents 




Eight Universe December 2007 A DMX main/backup switch is a device that allows switching a DMX network.

Lead Free

January 2008

City Theatrical Electronics Assembly department goes ROHS.

Top Hats, Half Top Hats, and Color Extenders 

May 2008

Top Hats Training


June 2008              What is it, How it Works, and how you will use it?


July 2008

Long range Antennas for SHoW DMX®.

Wireless Site Survey  
August 2008

SHoW DMX™ can peacefully coexist in the crowded 2.4GHz  spectrum.
Holographic Lenses   September 2008
How to use Holographic Lenses.

Directional Antennas

November 2008
Learn About Antennas
What's New In RDM?  
September 2009    
CTI's SHoW DMX, the world's first Wireless DMX with RDM.
VLX Accessories  March 2010  VLX Accessories
Half Top Hats  January 2011 Why use Half Top Hats? 
Prop Lighter August 2011  How to create a Prop Lighter. 
SHoW DMX SHoW Baby  December 2011   SHoW Baby training video 
Stacker Top Hats  March 2012  How much space do 47 stackers take up? 
Ceiling Port  March 2012  City Theatrical Ceiling Port for Source Four® PAR.   
Moving Light Assistant™ 
June 2012  Features of Moving Light Assistant™. 
FollowSpot Yoke for Source Four  June 2012  FollowSpot Yoke for Source Four. 
Show Networks and Control Systems  July 2012   Show Networks and Control Systems by John Huntington.
Hedy Lamarr: Movie star, inventor of WiFi  December 2012  The movie star who gave us Wireless DMX.  
Wireless DMX   February 2013  What you need to know about Wireless DMX. 
 Lighting Accessories  June 2013  What accessories mean to us. 
Orange is the new black July 2013  Orange is the new black. 
Beam Bender  January 2014  How to....use a Beam Bender. 
Source Four  February 2014  Where were you when you first saw the Source Four? 
SHoW Baby  October 2014  Saving Time the Right Way (Magazine Article)
Lightscapes May 2016  Hudson Valley Lightscapes