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41: Tax Deductions For Theatre with John Lee Beatty & Ken Billington

Artistic Finance

We discuss tax deductions for theatre personnel with set designer John Lee Beatty and lighting designer Ken Billington. Ken is incorporated as a business whereas John Lee is an unincorporated independent contractor. John Lee has designed more than 100 Broadway shows. He has won two Tony Awards, one for Tally’s Folly in 1980 and the second for The Nance in 2013. He has received an additional 13 Tony nominations, has won 5 Drama Desk awards, and has been nominated for 10 more. Ken has also designed more than 100 Broadway shows. He won the Tony Award for Chicago and has been nominated for 9 more. He also won the Drama Desk award for Chicago and has been nominated for 5 more. Ken is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame. To learn more about John Lee Beatty, listen to his previous interview: https://www.artisticfinance.com/episode/OpgExflo4ya6zwKeU8k1 To learn more about Ken Billington, listen to his previous interview: https://www.artisticfinance.com/episode/VGQZlvyQFnMeL1pRA5OB Charo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charo Links From The Patreon Only Episode: Favored Nations - Contracts: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/favored-nations-clauses-20381/ Interview by Ethan Steimel  Become a patron at:www.patreon.com/artisticfinancewww.artisticfinance.com www.patreon.com/artisticfinance instagram.com/artisticfinance twitter.com/ethansteimel facebook.com/artisticfinance youtube.com/artisticfinance

59mins

8 Feb 2021

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38: Ken Billington - Lighting Designer

Artistic Finance

Tony Award winning lighting designer Ken Billington discusses how he has managed his personal finances during more than sixty years of designing on Broadway and running a design studio. Ken has designed more than 100 Broadway shows, has been nominated for 9 Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design, and won for the musical Chicago. Ken spent 25 years as the principle lighting designer for Radio City Music hall, lighting their Christmas and Easter Spectaculars. He founded KB Associates, Inc. an international design and production firm that has created hundreds of theatrical shows, television specials, architectural environments. From nightclubs in Japan, to theme parks, to the Vienna State Opera, to Disneyland’s Fantasmic, his lighting has been seen across the world and has earned him a spot in the Theatre Hall of Fame.  Ken's Design Studio - KB Associates, Inc: http://kenbillington.com/ Ken's IBDB.com Page: https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/ken-billington-24677 Ken's Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Billington FINRA Fund Analyzer: https://tools.finra.org/fund_analyzer/ Fidelity - Ticker - FXAIX Schwab - Ticker - SWPPX Vanguard - Ticker - VFINX State Street - Ticker - SVSPX T. Rowe Price - Ticker - PREIX Thyseen-Bornemisza Museum - across the street from the Prado in Madrid, Spain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyssen-Bornemisza_Museum USA 829 - United Scenic Artists Pension Fund Plan (designers and stagehands): http://usa829funds.benserconj.com/ Actors Equity Association - Pension Fund Plan: https://www.actorsequity.org/join/WhyJoin/pension/ Links From the Patron Only Episode: Shirley Prendergast (part of Ken's class, first African American woman admitted to United Scenic Artists - USA 829): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Prendergast Kathy Perkins (guest on our podcast, second African American woman admitted to the United Scenic Artists - USA 829): https://www.artisticfinance.com/episode/HwXnrcTOYRUBQ3SZ664T Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Broadway's $75 million flop): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider-Man:_Turn_Off_the_Dark Tharon Musser (Ken assisted, Pioneer of American Lighting Design): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tharon_Musser Interview by Ethan Steimel  Become a patron at:www.patreon.com/artisticfinancewww.artisticfinance.com www.patreon.com/artisticfinance instagram.com/artisticfinance twitter.com/ethansteimel facebook.com/artisticfinance youtube.com/artisticfinance

59mins

18 Jan 2021

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Ep. 210 - BROADWAY TALKS with a Lighting Designer - Ken Billington

Real Talk With Mason Bray

This week I interview Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer, Ken Billington! He has worked on close to 100 Broadway shows. "You are illuminating the playwright's words." - Ken Billington. Make sure to check out our website https://realtalkpodcast.weebly.com/ Or you can find ALL of my social media at my link tree! https://linktr.ee/realtalkpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

21mins

7 Jul 2020

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Ken Billington: Introduction and Welcome

ETC's On Headset

We’re excited to introduce ETC's On Headset, a new audio series that enables listeners to program in real-time with a lighting designer as they construct the look of a major theatrical production. Our goal with this project is to fill the gap between the traditional classroom or "e-training" methods of console training and actually sitting behind an Eos desk in a theater. Maybe you know where the buttons are and what they do but want to know more about how used in context. Or maybe you just want to work on your muscle memory. This is a console flight simulator to help with both. If you wish, you can type along with Ken's instruction, or, if you'd prefer a more passive experience, simply eavesdrop (you may want to begin listening to episode 12 when it gets really lively!).This series features esteemed Broadway lighting designer Ken Billington and a lightly curated recording of the headset conversations during tech of the New York City Center Encores’ Me and My Girl in May of 2018. The recordings are broken into 13 episodes, which start as Ken begins putting cues into the console and end after the dress rehearsal—which for Encores, is about 90 percent of the lighting time allowed. New York City Center generously allowed us to witness the perfect case study for lighting in theatre—a frenzied weeklong blitz to put on a full musical. The first 11 episodes are dry tech and tech rehearsals. We've provided a show file for each episode, if you’re starting at the beginning you only need the first, you’ll build from there.  If want to begin, further along, use the file to match your starting point. The last two episodes are recordings of the dress rehearsal (somewhat combined with tech). If you're typing along, this gets a bit more intense. It's also where we realized that the recordings are pretty entertaining in their own right—Nancy Pittelman and her stage management team and Ken and his lighting team are true masters in their kitchens! While the process is always fast-paced, Encores is especially condensed (as Ken mentions in his introduction to the series). It is the musical theater equivalent of a competition cooking show... here are your ingredients, you have 8 hours…GO! To find all of the supporting materials (show files, paperwork, and photos of the production) head to etcconnect.com/onheadsetWe hope you find the series both entertaining and educational!

10mins

14 Mar 2020

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"Life's A Banquet And Most Poor Sons Of Bit@#es Are Starving To Death" Ken Billington on Lighting Life

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Ken (kbany.com) has designed nearly 100 Broadway productions including Act One, Chaplin, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys, Sondheim on Sondheim, [Title of Show], The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe starring Lily Tomlin, Footloose, Candide(1997), Annie (1997), Annie Warbucks, Inherit the Wind, Moon Over Buffalo, The Red Shoes, Fiddler on the Roof (1990, 81,76), Lettice and Lovage, Tru, Meet Me in St. Louis, On the 20th Century, Side by Side by Sondheim among others. He has been honored with seven Tony award nominations and received the 1997 Tony Award for his work on Chicago. His Tony nominations include: Sunday in the Park with George(2008), The Drowsy Chaperone (2006), End of the World (1984), Foxfire(1982), Sweeney Todd (1979), Working (1978), and The Visit (1973). For a complete list of Broadway shows go to www.idbd.com. Off-Broadway he has many productions to his credit including Nikolai and the Others, Fame, The Thing About Men, Sylvia, London Suite, Annie Warbucks, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata, Snoopy and Fortune in Men’s Eyes. For a more complete list go to www.lortel.org/lla_archive Ken works in all forms of theatrical lighting including opera, dance, concerts and spectaculars. 13 productions for the NY City Opera including: Candide, the American premiers of Silverlake, The Voice of Ariadne and Ashmedai. For the Houston Grand Opera 31 productions including the world premier of Willie Stark and Aida for the opening of the Worthem Center Brown Theatre. Other companies include Dallas Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala, Theatro Real in Madrid and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Some of the great entertainers that Ken has lit include Hugh Jackman, Ann-Margret, Shirley MacLane, Liberace, Sigfried and Roy, Juliet Prowse, Chita Rivera and Lisa Minelli to name just a few. For 27 years the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular had lighting by Ken Billington as well as the annual Easter Show. Other spectaculars include the relighting of Jubilee at Bally’s Las Vegas in 2004, Fantasmic! at Disneyland, Shamu Night shows at the Seaworld Parks and Illuminights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Ken has been received many awards including the Ace Award for Television Lighting, the Luman Award for Architectural Lighting and many theatre awards including the Tony, NY Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics and Boston Drama Critics, to name a few.

51mins

6 Jan 2020

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LIGHT TALK Episode 120 - "Firing on All Cylinders... Interview with Ken Billington"

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers talk with Broadway lighting legend Ken Billington. Join David, Steve, Stan, and Ken as they pontificate about: Lighting Major Celebrity Acts in Vegas, Killer Whales, and The Rockettes, Ken's Gingerbread Man experience in the 4th grade, Perfecting black-outs with knife switches, Sherri Zimmerman’s cymbals, Loving the "Good Stuff" and erasing the "Bad Stuff", Great moments working with the perfect team, "Marie, Dancing Still", "Sweeney Todd" stories, Follow your gut and take it to FULL... then leave it there, Feeling the light, Getting the cues in the right place, Cues that "pop off the page", Watching assistants become successful artists, Tharon Musser's influence, Dealing with the other people in the room, There’s no room for temperament in the theatre, When you know it's time to stop assisting, What makes us love this business, and The synergy of groups of desperate characters. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

51mins

27 Jul 2019

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#72 KEN BILLINGTON, Lighting Designer

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

Curtain up! Light the lights....literally, because this week's guest is Tony Award winning lighting designer Ken Billington, Ken swings by Shetler Studios to discuss his over one hundred Broadway credits including Sweeney Todd, Chicago, and On the 20th Century. Ken pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how he was the first to use moving lights in a Broadway musical, what was the moment his parents were truly impressed with his choice of career, and why you should always look your best on tech day! Also, Ken shines the spotlight on Susan Stroman, Hal Prince, and Bob Fosse! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to patreon.com and search Behind The Curtain: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 15mins

12 Jun 2017

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56 - Ken Billington

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Ken Billington is a lighting designer. He has 96 Broadway productions to his credit including Copperfield, Checking Out, Moon Over Buffalo, Grind, Hello Dolly!, Meet Me in St. Louis, On the Twentieth Century, Side by Side by Sondheim, Lettice and Lovage, Tru, The Scottsboro Boys, and Sweeney Todd. Off-Broadway productions include Sylvia, London Suite, Annie Warbucks, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata, What the Butler Saw, and Fortune and Men's Eyes. He was the principal lighting designer for Radio City Music Hall from 1979 - 2004. He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design eight times and in 1997 won for the revival of Chicago, which also garnered him the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. In November 2015, Billington was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.You’ll hear one of the industry’s best lighting designers talk about . . . How he prepares to light a show before he even sees a rehearsal. How Directors should work with lighting (and all) designers. The incredible changes in the lighting industry over the past 3 decades . . . and what’s coming next. How to speed up the “bidding” process and save money. One of my favorite answers to my “Genie” question and how I’m going to steal it. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

25 Jan 2016

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Ken Billington (#196) - April, 2008

ATW - Downstage Center

Lighting designer Ken Billington, veteran of more than 80 Broadway productions ranging from the original "Sweeney Todd" to the current "Sunday in the Park with George", discusses the art of lighting design, including how lighting can be used to emotionally enhance the theatre experience, how he discovered his calling during a fourth grade play, what audience members might look for when assessing a lighting designer's work, the speed with which his design for "Sweeney" came together, how he collaborated with the English creative team of "Sunday", how rock and roll helped Broadway lighting, and how his career has encompassed work for performers as diverse as Liza Minnelli and Shamu the Killer Whale. Original air date - April 4, 2008.

55mins

7 Apr 2008

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Ken Billington (#196) - April, 2008

Tony Award Winners on Downstage Center

Lighting designer Ken Billington, a Tony winner for Chicago in 1997 and veteran of more than 80 Broadway productions ranging from the original Sweeney Todd to the recent Sunday in the Park with George, discusses the art of lighting design, including how lighting can be used to emotionally enhance the theatre experience, how he discovered his calling during a fourth grade play, what audience members might look for when assessing a lighting designer's work, the speed with which his design for Sweeney came together, how he collaborated with the English creative team of Sunday, how rock and roll helped Broadway lighting, and how his career has encompassed work for performers as diverse as Liza Minnelli and Shamu the Killer Whale.

55mins

7 Apr 2008