Sunday, October 2, 2022

John Wright, past president of TEA and co-founder of Lexington, dies

Message from Lexington Design & Fabrication:

“In memory of our beloved friend, partner & boss.

“Frank Bencivengo, COO of Lexington was saddened to learn of the passing of John Wright, his partner and co-founder of the old Lexington Scenery and Props. John would have liked to make all the world a stage and you the star. He was a talented, creative, gentle, generous, caring man who was universally loved by all who knew him.

“In 1984, John and Frank were employed as executives for the Lexington Avenue Set Shop. They went on to join forces and merchandise their experience in theater, design and business and purchased the company and developed a business with unique talents.

“John made a deep impact on the industry and was a founding member of the Themed Entertainment Association serving as president in 1999. He guided the organization for four years growing its membership and shaping it’s future. He remained an active member of the TEA to the end, helping to define the outstanding projects honored at the annual Thea awards.

“A great patron of the arts, John supported new emerging artists by filling his home with paintings, glass, pottery, and sculpture. He had an extensive musical instrument collection and was proficient on many of them. He relished giving impromptu demonstrations on esoteric ethnic instruments that created amazing and haunting sounds. He was truly a Renaissance man and the child in him was fascinated with numerous subjects.

“John will be missed by us all and we send our heart felt condolences to his wife, Molly Miles who was his soul mate and partner in all his endeavors.”

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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