March, 2021 Issue

From the Chair...


St. Olaf College- TD/ Faculty Position
Monkey Wrench Productions- 3 Positions



Membership Meeting Minutes- Dec. 12, 2020
Treasurer's Report
Newsletter Archive Links
 Time to Renew Your Membership?


Schuler Shook Adds Partner
JTH Lighting- New ControlsProject Manager
Gopher Stage LightingAnnouncements

Productions Around The Region
(Streaming Production at UMD in April!!)




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JTH Lighting Announces New Controls Project Manager

JTH Announce

Schuler Shook Announces New Partner



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Lots of Big News from Gopher Stage Lighting!

   Gopher Stage Lighting is pleased to announce the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) effective December 31, 2020. Over time Gopher Stage Lighting stock will be allocated to present and future employees. The ESOP is designed to assist our employees with their retirement and provide them with a financial stake in the company. We believe that shared ownership will promote a positive organizational culture which will result in the continued success of Gopher Stage Lighting.
    In addition, the structure of the ESOP will empower our employees to provide exceptional service and innovative solutions which will positively impact our customers and partners. We want our employees to act and think like owners, and directly benefit from GSL’s continued success as participants in the ESOP.
    At all levels of the company, customers will be working with an employee owner, an individual who is invested in the success of the company and the quality service Gopher Stage Lighting delivers.
    Look for all future marketing materials and correspondences to identify Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. as An Employee Owned Company. The next time you call or email, introduce yourself to one of our owners!

Kevin Bieganek
    Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. is pleased to announce that Kevin Bieganek has moved into the role of Senior Rigging Department Manager. Kevin will maintain his role as Safety Director for GSL and will continue to perform rigging inspections. Kevin has been a member of the GSL Team since 2012 and is an ETCP Certified Rigger for Theater.

Josh Lentner
Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Josh Lentner to Lighting Project Manager. Since joining Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. in January of 2017 as a Controls Technician, Josh has continued to take on more and more project responsibilities and proven himself deserving of the promotion. In 2020 Josh initiated outside coursework towards a Project Management (PMP) certification and more recently completed the Entrepeneurs on the Rise Project + Construction Management Series through the City of St. Paul - Section 3 Program.

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Productions Around The Region

University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, MN
UMD Theatre Season 2020-21   

Bare: A Pop Opera      April 29 - May 2, 2021
More information at the link above! Stream it from your living room!

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

ARCC, Coon Rapids, MN

University of North Dakota Grand Forks

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN    507 933 7590

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance
Mankato, MN

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND    701 231 8725

Winona State University, Winona, MN

St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN

University Opera Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Upcoming Productions
Ted Mann Concert Hall