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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
April 18, 2003

Color Kinetics Donates LED Illumination Systems to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama

PITTSBURGH—Color Kinetics Incorporated, the pioneer of intelligent LED-based illumination technologies, announced the donation of advanced LED-based illumination systems to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. The School of Drama will apply the lighting systems to its theatrical Design Program, which studies and applies the use of lighting to enhance productions. This represents Color Kinetics first major gift of its kind to an educational theatrical program and reflects ongoing progress in theatrical applications of LED illumination systems.

"With strong ties to Carnegie Mellon, we're thrilled to contribute intelligent LED illumination technology for design students' hands-on experimentation with light and effects," said George Muller, chairman and CEO, Color Kinetics. "Color Kinetics strives to equip the entertainment and theatre industries with unlimited creative potential in the use of light to convey desired moods, and, in extending this capability to the distinguished Carnegie Mellon community, we're pleased to help keep students on the leading edge in production and design."

Founded in 1914, Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama combines rigorous, world-class training for the theatre with thorough preparation for all of the various media in which theatre artists may thrive in the fields of film, television and radio. The use of Color Kinetics' LED illumination systems will enable design students to create wide-ranging moods and scenes with millions of colors and lighting effects, based on Color Kinetics' patented Chromacore® technology. Chromacore applies microprocessor-controlled LEDs to surpass the limitations of conventional light sources while delivering the benefits of digital control, low power consumption, little heat emission and no noise or UV. Color Kinetics' LED systems are widely used in acclaimed entertainment and theatrical applications, including the Broadway productions of "Hairspray" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie," at Boston Symphony Hall, the Missouri Theatre and the famed exterior fašade of Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

Elizabeth Bradley, head of Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama said, "The Color Kinetics donation is a good example of the School of Drama's commitment to collaborating with high quality companies to enhance all aspects of the theatrical experience. We value their donation and look forward to working with them in the future."

Color Kinetics was founded in 1997 by Carnegie Mellon alumni George Mueller and Ihor Lys. Today the company employs a number of Carnegie Mellon alumni in the areas of management and engineering.

The School of Drama is the nation's oldest degree-granting theatre program and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about Color Kinetics Incorporated contact Felicia Spagnoli at 617-701-2292, by email at or visit For more information on the School of Drama of the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765, by email at or visit


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