QolorTOPIX: A New Podcast Series by City Theatrical

QolorTOPIX is City Theatrical's new podcast series featuring some of the most unique lighting professionals in our business, ranging in every sector of light, from Film, Television, Theater, Dance, Music, Themed Entertainment, Art and Architecture.


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QolorTOPIX Podcast Episode 3: Life of Pi Lighting Design Team, Including Tim Lutkin, Tim Reed, and Paul Toben

Published June 29, 2023


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About the Episode

Discover three-time Tony Award®-winning play and the epic tale, Life of Pi on Broadway, from the perspective of the lighting design team! This conversation features the show's Tony Award winning lighting designer Tim Lutkin, and the show's Associate Lighting Designers Tim Reed and Paul Toben, as they discuss the behind-the-scenes moments, the lighting process, collaboration techniques, favorite cues, new technologies, next projects, and what the designers see for the future of lighting on Broadway and beyond.

"I'd like to think that we've come together, me, Tim, and Paul, and put our best foot forward. Breaking a little bit of a boundary, to say there's another way of doing it, as this is what we've done. So maybe even this show itself is part of the future of lighting."

- Tim Lutkin, QolorTOPIX Episode 3 (48:50)


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QolorTOPIX Podcast Episode 2: Brandon Stirling Baker

Published April 25, 2023


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About the Episode

Brandon Stirling Baker is an award-winning lighting designer working internationally in the areas of theatre, opera, and dance. His work can be seen on stages throughout the United States and abroad including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York City Ballet, and many others. Join us as we explore Brandon's career as a lighting artist, including how he got started working with host Al Crawford, learnings through dance, and what's next for him in 2023.

"I love this career, I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm constantly looking for people who sincerely enjoy what we do, I can't imagine my life any other way. For me, it's always been about the art itself."

- Brandon Stirling Baker, QolorTOPIX Episode 2 (27:19)


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QolorTOPIX Podcast Episode 1: Carlos Torres

Published February 20, 2023


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About the Episode

Carlos Torres is a Los Angeles-based Chief Lighting Technician and Gaffer for many Hollywood-based films and television shows, including Everything's Gonna Be Okay on Freeform, Arrested Development on Netflix, S.W.A.T., and more. Join us as we explore Carlos' career in film lighting, funny experiences on set, including an anecdote from Alien 4, and why he decided to become a City Theatrical distributor in 2023.

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"That was a big, big experience, on a big film, for the very first time. And it gave me confidence."

- Carlos Torres, QolorTOPIX Podcast Episode 1 (13:34), on lighting the famous closeup of Winona Ryder in Alien Resurrection. Shown on set at Arrested Development on Netflix.


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Meet Our Host: Al Crawford


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QolorTOPIX Podcast Series is hosted by City Theatrical General Manager Al Crawford. Mr. Crawford has worked globally in a broad variety of genres, with vast experience in the fields of dance, touring, live events, film, video, and theatrical consultation. He is an award-winning Lighting Designer, entrepreneur, and has managed teams that support the creation and implementation of new lighting and scenic projects worldwide.

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