On October 19th at a press conference held at the LDI exhibition in Las
Vegas Martin Professionalâ’s US subsidiary, Martin Professional, Inc.,
presented its second annual Intelligent Lighting Technology Grant.
Martin Professional, Inc. CEO Troels Volver presented the 2002 Grant to the
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Theatre. On hand to
accept the award on behalf of the university was Brackley Frayer, Lighting
Designer and Head of Design/Technology at UNLV.
“The Grant will allow UNLV to teach students with state-of-the-art equipment
and help to establish an Entertainment Engineering program,” he stated after
the presentation. “Las Vegas is the center for entertainment technology,
thus we need our students involved in all aspects of lighting. We currently
expose our lighting design students to theatre, dance and opera. The
equipment will be a valuable resource in our theatre labs for all of our
lighting students. An Entertainment Engineering program is being formed to
further address the needs of these students to a wider scope that we feel is
essential in their education.”
The Theatre Department at UNLV is part of the College of Fine Arts. A
Bachelor of Arts degree offers a liberal arts education with the flexibility
to “specialize” in one of three areas. The core Theatre Program prepares a
student with a solid background in Theatre History, Design/Tech, and
Performance. Undergraduate students can also choose an area of emphasis in
either Performance, Design/Technology or Theatre Studies. Graduate programs
of study include a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in
Directing, Playwriting, Performance, Stage Management or Design/Technology,
with emphasis in Scenic, Lighting or Costume design or Technical Direction.
Image caption: UNLV’s Brackley Frayer accepts the Grant on behalf of the university.
Former UNLV theatre students include Cirque de Soleil lighting director
Jeanette Farmer and Emmy award winning lighting designer Barbara Brennan who
commented, “I applaud Martin’s unflagging efforts to not only raise the bar
on technology but to guarantee that there will be proficient professionals
geared to take that technology to infinite possibilities.”
The Grant is valued at $50,000 and consists of a variety of Martin fixtures
and control products. Martin also provides technical training and support
for the winning college or university, as well as quarterly seminars on
emerging technologies and application discussions.
Martin US CEO Troels Volver commented, “The development and dissemination of
new technology to the users and future users of intelligent lighting
products is a top priority at Martin. And while we cannot give our products
to everyone we would like, we are committed to this annual grant for the
The Martin Intelligent Lighting Technology Grant is awarded to an accredited
college or university in the USA each year. Grant applications are accepted
after January 1st, with the selection of the winning school chosen by the
Martin Management Team and Board of Directors in association with the LDI
exhibition each year.