Gordon Pearlman


Portland, Oregon

Inducted as a Fellow: 2010

Earliest memories:

My first conference was the Barbizon, New York in 1970. I don't remember much except we spent most of our time on busses.

The next year was Dallas and by that time I had figured out USITT was a "truck and bus" show. I ended up sitting next to a very bright young man who said he was a Theatre Consultant, whatever that was. Leonard Auerbach and I have been friends ever since.

Favorite Memories:

  • Launching Kliegl Performance at L’Enfant Plaza in DC located on the top floors of a tall office building and then the fire alarm going off.
  • Many too many Kliegl Suites
  • Launching Kliegl Performer in Seattle and as many of you remember intentionally tripping and throwing the Performer across the stage
  • Steve Terry's ad hoc meeting where Steve Carlson's and my mash-up of everybody's spec became DMX-512

What the USITT means to me?

The many great friends I have made over all these years.

Career highlights:

  • MFA Tulane University
  • Lighting Designer and TD, Univ. of North Carolina
  • Vice President, Electronics Diversified
    The LS/8 and "A Chorus Line"
  • Director of R & D, Kliegl Brothers
    Performer I, II, III
    Command Performance
  • President / Co-owner, Entertainment Technology
    Performer IV, V
    Morpheus Commander
    Strand Impact
    GAM Access
    Lightolier Lytemode, Scenist, EasySet
    IPS Dimming System
    Horizon PC Console
  • Genlyte/Philips/Vari*lite/Strand
    ​Vision Net

Memorable USITT Characters:

I think the key word here is "characters". The following list is in no particular order and I apologize to those I can no longer remember: Joel Rubin, Ned Bowman, Will Bellman, Ed Petersen, Pat MacKay, Steve Terry, Richard Pilbrow, Stan Miller, Peter Rogers, Joe Tawil, Larry Kellerman, and (especially) Michael Connell.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • LS/8 from A Chorus Line exhibit at the Computer Museum 1991 – 2000
  • Fellow of the Illuminating Engineers Society 1991
  • Fellow of USITT 2010
  • The Wally Russell Foundation 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

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