Resources

Production Vendors

ADVANCED LIGHTING & PRODUCTION SERVICES (ALPS)

One of New England’s most comprehensive sources for theatrical lighting and effects.   ALPS has earned an excellent reputation in the industry for the diverse and vast inventory, but also for the outstanding staff support system.  SPS uses ALPS often for getting the very best lighting options at a reasonable price.

B&H PHOTO-VIDEO-PROAUDIO

Don’t be fooled by the word “photo”.  B&H has a huge inventory of video, audio, computer, & lighting equipment at very reasonable prices, wonderful customer service, and some magical delivery that gets your order to you FAST!

BOSTON LIGHT & SOUND

BL&S provides a huge inventory of sound, projection, and digital cinema equipment for events large and small.

PRODUCTION ADVANTAGE

Great on-line vendor of production supplies.

BACKSTAGE HARDWARE & THEATRE SUPPLY

Hardware supplier with a theatrical twist that is local (21 Drydock Ave, Boston). Great for those times when you just can’t wait for delivery.

AUDIO SPECTRUM

SPS frequently works with Audio Spectrum, Boston’s premier audio sound reinforcement solutions company, for audio rentals and purchases.

AUDIO EAST

A full service entertainment and marketing production company that rents lighting and audio equipment.

HIGH OUTPUT

New England’s Largest Film, Television & Performance Lighting Vendor

Around BU

EVENTS & CONFERENCES

Did you know that SPS is part of Events & Conferences? This department also includes Reservations & Sales, Tsai Performance Center, and the Summer Conference Housing program. They have a whole staff of event planners so if you absolutely don’t know where to go, try them.  Of course, I bet the SAO Activities Consultants would be jealous you didn’t go to them first.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE

We encourage all groups to plan their upcoming event with the SAO Activities Consultants. They are your BEST resource for how to get things done at BU! All events are now planned (and requests sent to SPS) using OrgSync.

CLASSROOMS

It’s hard to keep track of what’s in each BU classrooms, but this website is a great resource to jog our memories. It has a basic inventory of all Registrar classrooms, their capacities, and AV equipment. Note that proprietary classrooms, labs, and non-academic spaces are not listed here, but that doesn’t take away from how much good information this site has.

DEAN OF STUDENTS

What’s not to love about the Dean of Students? They work all day to make your BU experience a good one!

RESERVATIONS & SALES

You’ll find a representative from Reservations & Sales right in the SAO main office so stop by and make a room reservation, or make your request via OrgSync. Reservations & Sales is also a division of Events & Conferences.

TSAI PERFORMANCE CENTER

Well, if you are having your event at Tsai, you won’t need SPS services as they have an in-house tech staff, but we’re all part of the same production family from Events & Conferences so we had to mention them.  And they are always happy to provide guidance to students about upcoming events. If you are interested in renting the Tsai for your event, they start booking in February for the next academic year so make your request early! Dates fill up fast there.

INFORMATION SERVICES & TECHNOLOGY

The IS&T website is a great source of information geared directly at the BU community, with how-to guides, training, and learning & event technology information. Whether you are trying to connect your phone to the BU network or learn how to build a WordPress website (like this one), you will find a wealth of knowledge on their site.