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Backstage Academy partners with Elation Professional

A new partnership between Backstage Academy and Elation Professional and Obsidian Control Systems will offer students access to industry-leading lighting and control technologies to support the next generation of live experience creators. 

Students will use Elation lighting and Obsidian lighting control products as part of their studies, gaining practical experience using equipment that is driving the future of industry standards. 

Elation Professional is a global company providing innovative lighting solutions across the live industry. From theatre to theme parks, their products are recognised for setting new efficiency and performance standards in the industry. Elation also offers an advanced line of lighting control products through Obsidian Control Systems. 

Students will have access to a range of cutting-edge products, including Proteus and KL series luminaires, NX control solutions and NETRON data distribution devices to equip them with a strong technical foundation and experience needed to succeed in the working world. 

The equipment will also be used as part of Backstage Academy’s short course offers for the live events industry. With a range of courses available, industry professionals will receive world-class training supported by Elation and Obsidian lighting technologies. 

Graham Hill, Business Development Manager at Elation Professional, said: “The live events industry needs education facilities like Backstage Academy like never before and we are thrilled to be adding our latest lighting and control technologies to their training curriculum. Production Park has quickly established itself as one of the leading training and research centres for our industry and for Elation and Obsidian to be there at the start of a young professional’s career in live events is quite significant. We are proud to be supporting the next generation of users, designers, hirers, and specifiers.” 

Dedicated to fulfilling industry’s growing demand for skilled workers, partnerships form part of Backstage Academy’s ongoing commitment of ensuring students have the academic, practical, technical and applied skills required by the industry when graduating. 

Rachel Nicholson, Head of Institution at Backstage Academy, said: “We pride ourselves on being a place where we equip the next generation of live industry professionals with all the necessary skills and experience for an evolving and changing industry. Partnerships with industry-leading companies such as Elation Professional are key to our students’ personal and professional development. They will gain hands-on experience training and confidence using the latest cutting-edge lighting and control technologies. We are delighted to be working with Elation Professional and look forward to a long and successful partnership.” 

The partnership also sees Elation lighting products used within XPLOR, a research and innovation centre delivered by Backstage Academy. Dedicated to evolving live production, entertainment, arts, and creative industries, XPLOR conducts pioneering research and development as well as custom services for clients. Elation's KL Panel™ and KL Fresnel 8 FC™ luminaires are used in XPLOR’s Centre for Virtual Production.  

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