The Nutcracker with Inland Pacific Ballet
I spent most of December overseeing the remount of my design for Inland Pacific Ballet’s Nutcracker. We performed at Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, and Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Early next year, I’ll be returning to all three venues to design their production of Cinderella.
Amazon Web Services re:Invent
I just returned from the Las Vegas, where I served as producer and lighting lead for the registration area and entry treatments at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in the Sands Convention Center. Working with the Opus Agency, I oversaw those elements at a conference that was attended by over 30,000 people.
The Pearl Fishers at LA Opera
Last night we opened The Pearl Fishers at LA Opera. I worked on this production in 2015 when it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera, so when the Lighting Designer Jennifer Schriever was not available, she called and asked if I could step in as Associate. I was responsible for remounting the lighting design under the constraints of LA Opera’s rep schedule, and we received glowing reviews all around.
A Funny Thing Happened…
I’ve just finished up a few weeks working at the Geffen Playhouse on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. Matthew Richards was the Lighting Designer, but could only be in town for a few days. He tasked me as Associate Lighting Designer to oversee the production’s lighting design.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been traveling to produce several “Basecamp” events for Salesforce, the world’s leading provider of CRM software. Working with the Opus Agency, I am responsible for overseeing video, lighting, audio and any other needs that client requires. I am scheduled to produce several more of these over the next few months.
The Last Breakfast Club
Previews just began last week for The Last Breakfast Club, directed by Bradley Bredeweg. This show provided a few interesting challenges. It explores a lot of contemporary topics using characters from several iconic 80’s films, updating the setting to a post-nuclear-apocalypse wasteland. Opening is next week and I look forward to seeing what critics have to say. Portfolio images are available here.
Dell EMC / World
I just returned from a week in Las Vegas with the Opus Agency at the Sands Convention Center helping oversee the Realize Transformation Pavilion at Dell EMC / World. I’ve been involved with this project for several months as part of the team that designed and implemented an ambitious design involving five large truss arches with video screens. I was also the lead on the booth’s lighting design and served as an onsite producer under Tristan Roberson, Executive Producer and Tom Sturge, Executive Producer – Oversight. Below is an example of a rendering we did and a photo of the actual implementation. It was an extremely successful event. Additional photos and renderings can be seen on the portfolio page.
Charles Busch: That Girl/That Boy
Last week I had the privilege of lighting another Tony award-winner, playwright and famous drag performer Charles Busch. He has been touring with his cabaret show and Rockwell asked me to come on board to light the two sold-out nights of performances.
Chita: A Legendary Celebration at Broad Stage
Yesterday I had the honor of lighting Tony award-winner Chita Rivera at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Her usual lighting designer was unavailable so I was asked to step in and was tasked with recreating the feel she expected despite having never seen the show, which she’s been performing for over a decade. I also had the privilege of lighting her surprise guest, Dick Van Dyke. Unfortunately, because of the one day nature of the show, I was unable to get any pictures!
UMPO: Mean Gurlz
Last week I returned to Rockwell Table & Stage to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Working once again with director Tye Blue, I continued refining the repertory plot I created for the space. StageSceneLA said, “Eric Larson scores high marks for his flashy lighting design”. Portfolio photos are available here.
The Nutcracker with Inland Pacific Ballet
Today we opened the final venue of Inland Pacific Ballet’s three-venue tour of The Nutcracker. It’s a lovely production and I think everyone involved is quite proud of it. Here is an early production photo:
I should have a full portfolio page up in the next week or two. Up next: a few weeks off followed by designing Rocky Horror and Mean Girls at Rockwell Table & Stage.
UMPO: Home Alone
Last week I opened The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone at Rockwell Table & Stage. This is the second show I’ve designed with them, and they’ve asked me to return and design their parody of Mean Girls in the new year. It’s always a fun group to work with.
Memphis, Up Next
Memphis just closed it’s nearly sold-out run at Musical Theatre West. It was a very successful and well-reviewed production, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Portfolio and review excerpts are available here.
Next up is The Nutcracker with Inland Pacific Ballet. We’re performing at three venues east of LA.
This weekend I opened Memphis with Musical Theatre West. A few press shots are below, and I’ll upload a full album when I have more.
Early reviews are very good — Stage Scene LA said “Eric Larson’s striking lighting…give[s] MTW’s Memphis as thoroughly professional a look as any theatergoer could wish for”, and Broadway World praised “Eric Larson’s superb lighting”.
UMPO: Hocus Pocus
The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus just opened this past weekend at Rockwell Table & Stage. Click here to view the full portfolio.
Rockwell has asked me to return in December to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone and in January to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Hunger Games.
For my first design in Los Angeles, I’ve just been asked to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. They have also asked me to redesign the room’s repertory light plot, which had become a hodgepodge over the last few years and was in need of an overhaul.
I’ve also signed on to design Memphis for Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, and The Nutcracker for Inland Pacific Ballet, performing at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, the Fox Theater in Riverside and Bridges Auditorium in Claremont.
I’m looking forward to all of these designs!
South by South Death
I just got back from New York, where I had a great week designing South by South Death: A Slasher Musical at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s always wonderful to work with one of my favorite directors, Kevin Laibson, and it was great to work with the duo that created the show, Jared Saltiel and Toby Singer. I look forward to our next collaboration.
I’m excited to report that I’ll be in New York City at the end of August to design the premiere of South by South Death: A Slasher Musical at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. I’m excited to join this team. The show is written by Toby Singer and Jared Saltiel and directed by Kevin Laibson. Performances start Friday, August 26th.
Southern California, New Website
I am now based in Southern California. My newly redesigned website has just launched — please let me know what you think! I have some projects on the horizon that I can’t post here yet, and am open to additional new work.
One more Met season complete
The 2016-16 Metropolitan Opera season has come to a close. It was an amazing place to work for the last three years.
After three amazing seasons at the Met, my wife and I have decided to move to Los Angeles for a number of reasons. I’ll be heading out there at the end of June and will be rebuilding this website, and be available for work starting at the beginning of July.
Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:
Hamilton Parody Video
I spent today with some friends filming a video parody of Hamilton about Ted Cruz. It was a lot of fun and should be available online in a few weeks. I’ll post a link once it is.
The Met sent me and some of my coworkers to LDI this year, to take classes and see what’s new. The show floor is pretty amazing.
By far the coolest thing I’ve seen is the PRG GroundControl Followspot system. I expect to see that all over major venues in the very near future.
The Met’s 2015-16 season opened yesterday. Here we go!
Met Opera 15-16 Season
We’re starting prep for the Met’s 15-16 season, which looks to be another intense thirty-three weeks. Six new productions, with a diverse set of guest lighting designers – I’ll be working with Don Holder, Peter Mumford, Jennifer Schriever, Paule Constable and Urs Schoenebaum. The season opens on September 21.
Another season down
Once again, I failed to post any updates during the season, but it is now over. We opened twenty-six operas (six of them new productions) over thirty-three weeks. It’s an amazing place to work. I’ve got a few weeks of post-season work to do but I am generally available for work through July 10th.
Met Opening Night
Tonight opened the season at The Met. It was looking a little dicey there for a while but all the unions came to terms with management, and while not everyone is thrilled with the result, I think everyone is happy that the season is going on as planned.
Back to the Met
I’m back at the Met preparing for our 2014-15 season; there are some looming labor issues you may have heard about, but I am hopeful that we’ll work everything out with management without putting the season in jeopardy.
On a lighter note, one of the new productions we are opening this season is John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, which has never been performed at the Met. I am excited about this one for a few reasons, one of which is that I became a huge fan of Mr. Adams’ music while working at New York City Ballet (he is a frequent collaborator of the Balletmaster-in-Chief, Peter Martins). Another reason is that Jean Kalman’s lighting design prominently features this contraption, creating an intense sun behind an RP drop. The things we can do here are pretty amazing.
People’s Improv Theater Rep Plot
I just spent the day with one of my most frequent collaborators, Kevin Laibson. He is the artistic director of the People’s Improv Theater and he asked me to come in and overhaul their rep lighting plot. They often have 4 or 5 shows in a single night so it needed to be extremely flexible but also easy-to-use, since they often have people that aren’t terribly familiar with lighting running their shows. In just 24 hours we were able to create a new plot that is both flexible and user-friendly that should last them a long while.
The End of the Season
Sorry for the lack of updates — I’ve just been incredibly busy at The Met, which is taking up pretty much all my time these days. We’ve just finished our season and after a few weeks of wrap-up in the office, it’s time for a break from Lincoln Center. I’m available for outside work until mid-July, when I return to the Met to start preparing for the 2014-15 season.
Nickelodeon Upfronts at Jazz at Lincoln Center
I took a few days off from the Met earlier this week to work with Alan Adelman on Nickelodeon’s Upfronts, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday evening. In addition to assisting Alan on the main event being held in Rose Hall, I designed the party that went on afterwards in the Appel Room and the Atrium.
The Nose Live in HD
This afternoon was my first Live in HD Broadcast with the Met. We broadcast approximately ten operas per season live to movie theaters on six continents (today was The Nose). It requires some amazing technology and I’m fortunate to get to be a part of that on a regular basis here.
Tonight was opening night of my first season at The Met. It’s been a crazy few months — the scale of things here is bigger than anything I did at NYCB, but it is an incredible challenge and I look forward to more of it in the future.
The Metropolitan Opera
Big news! After 5 challenging and successful years at New York City Ballet, I’ve just accepted a position across the plaza at The Metropolitan Opera!
I’m going to be their Staff Assistant Lighting Designer, assisting the resident lighting designer and guest designers on more than twenty operas across a thirty-three week season. It should be an incredible experience. I start prep there on July 29.
NYCB in Saratoga
Another year, another trip to Saratoga with New York City Ballet. I’ll be there from June 29 through July 14 for two weeks of performances.
NYC Ballet Spring Season (with “River of Light”)
Coming up next is NYC Ballet’s spring Season, which features a revival of “River of Light” which has not been seen since before I started working at NYCB. It includes several lighting effects that are essentially part of the choreography but were created with equipment that is no longer available. Remounting it should be a unique but interesting challenge.
NYCB Kennedy Center and Copenhagen
Tomorrow I’m heading to Washington, D.C. for another visit with the ballet to the Kennedy Center. From there, we’ll fly directly to Copenhagen for a week of performances at the Copenhagen Opera House. I’ve never been to Scandinavia before so I am very excited about this tour.
A Streetcar Named Desire at Carnegie Hall
This week I’ll be assisting Alan Adelman on a semi-staged production of the opera A Streetcar Named Desire at Carnegie Hall, starring Renée Fleming. I’m excited both to work with Alan and to work at Carnegie Hall!
NYC Ballet Winter Season
We’ve closed another year of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, so it’s time to move on to our winter season. Featured this year is a two-week run of Peter Martins’ Sleeping Beauty, always a challenging but fun project.
Broadway Loves Shriners Hospitals for Children
Yesterday I designed a concert at the Masonic Hall on 23rd Street benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. It was a great program for a great organization, and the space was incredible:
Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to get any pictures of the show, but it was a very busy day and I was happy with how it turned out. Thanks to 4Wall New York for the equipment and to my longtime friend and collaborator Kevin Laibson for helping me set everything up.
NYC Ballet Fall Season
Tomorrow begins prep for New York City Ballet’s fall season. It will include a new ballet by Justin Peck to the music of Sufjan Stevens, which looks like it will be pretty neat.
NYCB at Saratoga
Today begins the ballet’s time at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, an annual visit that is always a great experience. I’ll be back in New York July 23rd and available for work through the end of August.
I’m back from my honeymoon and on the train to Washington, D.C. where the NYC Ballet will be performing next week. We visit every year and it’s always a great experience. I’m looking forward to it. When we get back to New York we load in our spring season.
I’m now in Ludwigshafen, loading in the first of NYC Ballet’s two stops here in Germany. Next week we head to Baden-Baden (Bill Clinton said it “is so nice they had to name it twice”).
A quick personal note: I’m getting married this weekend! Next up after that is an NYCB tour to Germany followed by a honeymoon in Europe.
NYC Ballet Winter Season
With the close of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, we launch directly into our winter repertory season. Highlights include the return of “Ocean’s Kingdom” and an all-Wheeldon program that includes “Polyphonia”, the NYCB premiere of “DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse”, and a new work.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
NYCB’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker loads in tomorrow. It is a classic production that I’ll be working on for the rest of 2011.
NYC Ballet’s Fall
I’ve just finished NYCB’s Fall season, which included the world premiere of “Ocean’s Kingdom”, choreographed by Peter Martins with music by Paul McCartney and lighting by Mark Stanley. It was a challenging project but also a fun one to be a part of. Next up is 12 Angry Men for New Players Company.
Tom Gold Dance
I just got back from a trip with Tom Gold Dance to Provence, France; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Bilbao, Spain. We performed a repertory that included works by Balanchine, Robbins, Petipa, and Tom Gold to sold out audiences in every country. It was a fantastic trip and the work looked great.
NYC Ballet in Saratoga
I’ve just returned from 3 weeks in Saratoga Springs, NY, the summer home of the New York City Ballet. We performed our usual varied repertory in the lovely outdoor setting of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
New York City Opera
Last Thursday I lit New York City Opera’s Spring Gala on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. A few pictures are below.
Photos by Darrell Beasley
Ballet Spring Season
The ballet has returned from successful trips to both Hong Kong and the Kennedy Center, and now we’re gearing up for our Spring season, which runs from May 3 to June 12. After that we get ready to go to our Summer home for a few weeks.
I’ve just finished designing the premiere of Firemen by Tommy Smith, directed by Michael McQuilken. The show was produced by my good friends at Magic Futurebox and performed at the Tank on 45th street. I was really happy with how the show turned out, especially given limited resources and tech time.
At NYCB we’ve just finished our annual run of the Nutcracker; next up is our Winter Season, which runs until February 27th. After that the ballet heads to the Hong Kong Cultural Center for a week of performances, followed by our annual visit to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
NYC Ballet Spring & Fall
We’ve just wrapped up the Fall Season at the New York City Ballet, which has taken up almost all of my time since mid-April. Next up, I’m designing Crimes of the Heart and The Odd Couple for New Players Company, and I’m headed up to Williams College in MA to light Davidsbunderlertanze for a weekend.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
I spent almost all of 2009 working on projects with the New York City Ballet, as I am now officially their Assistant Lighting Director. We just wrapped up our 2010 Winter Season. Next up for me is designing A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline for the Fiddlehead Theater Company in Boston at the John Hancock Hall. After that, I’m assisting William Armstrong at the Mint Theater on 43rd Street on the play Dr. Knock. After that, it’s time to prep the Spring 2010 Ballet season. I’m available for work for all of August and most of October and November.
New Hampshire Theatre Awards
I was just informed that I’ve been nominated for a New Hampshire Theatre Award for this summer’s production of Doubt: A Parable. The ceremony is on February 6th.
BRT Winter Musicale
I’ve just finished designing my last show of 2008, Bristol Riverside Theatre’s annual “Winter Musicale.” It’s a holiday concert they put on for their community, and it was a lot of fun.
New York City Ballet
After a productive and busy 2008, I’ve just accepted a 6-month job at the New York City Ballet as a lighting assistant. I’ll be there from January through June, with most of March off.
A Christmas Carol
I just got back from Dallas, where I assisted Matt Richards on A Christmas Carol. Matt and his wife just had a baby–congratulations to them! Next up I have a week off before I go back to PA to design a winter concert for Bristol Riverside Theatre.
Absurd Person Singular
I’ve just returned from Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA, where I designed Absurd Person Singular. Gus Kaikkonen was the director.
I’m in New Orleans, assisting on the Starbucks Leadership Conference and General Assembly meeting. The scope of the project is enormous, and my responsibilities are extensive. I’ll try to post some pictures as things get further along; today has been nothing but taping out rigging points.
I’ve finished my time in Peterborough, NH for the summer, where I designed Harvey, Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, Stones in His Pockets, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Doubt and the children’s shows Hansel and Gretel and Cindy Reilly.
I’m about to head to Torrington, CT to tech The Magic Treehouse, a new children’s show going on a national tour. When I return from that, I’m going to Tempe, AZ to do Cloudless with Susan Marshall & Company, followed by New Orleans to be Assistant LD for the Starbucks Leadership Convention and General Assembly. Then I’m designing Absurd Person Singular for the Bristol Riverside Theater in Pennsylvania, followed by associate designing A Christmas Carol at Dallas Theater Center.
It’s a busy fall. Pictures from the summer’s shows should be up shortly, along with a minor redesign of some portions of the website.
Stones in His Pockets
Stones in His Pockets opened yesterday as my fourth design of the Peterborough Player’s season. The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript said, “…also designed the simple but serviceable set and Eric Larson’s stunning lighting provides any additional scenery that is needed.”
I’ve just returned to Peterborough, NH for another season as resident LD for the Peterborough Players. This summer I’ll be designing Harvey, Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, Stones in His Pockets, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Doubt, Hansel and Gretel and Cindy Reilly.
Right now I’m about to go into tech for The Drunken City at Playwright’s Horizons, where I’m assisting Matt Richards. After that opens, Diego comes to Radio City Music Hall for a few days, and then I head to St. Louis with Susan Marshall & Company’s Cloudless. After I return from St. Louis, I am designing 37 Stones for Working Man’s Clothes here in New York City. After that I will be in Dallas assisting Matt Richards on Dallas Theater Center’s production of The Misanthrope.
New Year Projects
I’m currently in York, PA assisting Tom Sturge on the 2nd tour of Go Diego Go, Live! I’ll be here until the end of next week, when I go to Stevens Point, WI for a few days with Susan Marshall & Company’s production of Cloudless. I’ll be back in New York after the 27th of January.
Still running at Manhattan Children’s Theater is Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, running until Feb. 3rd.
Scapin opened last night at the Turtle Shell Theater. So far it’s been pretty well received; stagebuzz.com said, “Production values are strong. Keven Lock’s bright and electrically vibrant sets perfectly frame A. Christina Giannini’s ‘70s-inspired (and one suspects vintage, in some cases) costumes. Eric Larson’s lighting shows everything off to great advantage.”
December / January
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately, and what’s coming up in the future.
In October I designed EATfest, a festival of 18 short plays for the Emerging Artists Theatre Company. The Off-Off Broadway Review said the plays “featured some excellent lighting work by designer Eric Larson”. In November I went to Geneva, NY and Hamilton, NY as lighting supervisor for Susan Marshall & Company for two performances of Cloudless.
Next week I open Scapin for Turtle Shell Productions; the week after that it’s Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse for Manhattan Children’s Theatre.
In January I’ll be in York, PA to tech the 2nd national tour of Go Diego Go, Live! as assistant lighting designer to Tom Sturge.
Yesterday we opened The Long Christmas Dinner, the 5th of the 6 shows I’m designing here this summer. The 6th and final show, The Underpants, opens August 22nd.
3 Down, 3 to Go
The Last Five Years opened last week at the Peterborough Players. I’ve already opened Visting Mr. Green and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Next up are The Heiress, The Long Christmas Dinner and The Underpants. Pictures to follow soon.
United Stage’s review of Fritz & Froyim said “The set, a series of darkened screens, is deceptively static, but once the ghost of Froyim appears, scenic designer Ryan Scott and lighting designer Eric Larson expertly transport us beyond the mortal plane.”
You Can’t Take it With You Review
Nytheatre.com’s review of You Can’t Take it With You said “Eric Larson’s lights are exactly right—just the kind of design you want for a show like this—they are so good you don’t even notice them.”
The Last Five Years
The 5 shows I was designing at the Peterborough Players this summer have just been upgraded to 6 shows. I am now also designing The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Browne.
To New Hampshire!
After teching three shows in three weeks, I have The Jocker running at Wings Theatre (Theatermania.com called the lighting “simple but evocative”); You Can’t Take it With You at T. Schreiber Studio and Fritz & Froyim in previews at the Turtle Shell Theatre.
On Monday I head to New Hampshire where I’ll be the Resident Lighting Designer for the summer season of the Peterborough Players, designing 5 plays including Visiting Mr. Green and Steve Martin’s The Underpants. After that I head to Utah to be Assistant Lighting Designer for Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Fall Season.
In May I’ll be designing The Jocker for Wings Theatre, You Can’t Take it With You for T. Schrieber Studio, and Fritz & Froyim for Turtle Shell Productions.
In June I’ll be heading to Peterborough, NH where I’ll be the resident lighting designer for the Peterborough Players through the end of August. I’ll be designing 5 shows including The Underpants by Steve Martin and The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder. I’ll also be assisting guest designers on 2 shows.
Go Diego Go and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
This week Go Diego Go Live came to Radio City here in New York and I was on hand to help with load-in and changes to the show. It went very smoothly and is running at Radio City Music Hall until the end of next week.
Next week I am designing Miss Nelson Has a Field Day for Manhattan Children’s Theatre. It is my second show there; I designed The Last of the Dragons for them last year.
Avenue X and 5 by Tenn
My next projects will be Dreamlight Theatre Company’s Avenue X and Turtle Shell Productions’ 5 by Tenn, both opening in March in New York City.
Right now I’m in Louisville, Kentucky to tech Go Diego Go Live! assisting Tom Sturge. Today was the first day of load-in, and we start tech next week. When I get back to New York I’m designing Avenue X for the Dreamlight Theatre Company.
The Atheist & Go, Diego, Go
I just finished assiting Paul Whitaker on Durango at the Public Theater. The show opens on Sunday.
For the next two weeks I’ll be assisting Stephen Boulmetis on The Atheist at Center Stage for Square Peg Productions. After that I’ll be starting to work on Go, Diego, Go Live!, for which I am the assistant lighting designer to Tom Sturge.
Right now I’m in tech at the Public Theater for LAByrinth Theater Company’s production of A Small Melodramatic Story by Stephen Belber. Next month I’m at the Public again assisting Paul Whitaker on Durango.
I’m heading to New Haven on Thursday to assist Paul Whitaker on Durango, which is moving to the Public Theater in New York in November. In October I’m assisting Matt Richards on A Small Melodramatic Story, also at the Public.
For the next week I’m in Vinalhaven, ME designing The Little Locksmith for the Vinalhaven Historical Socitety. Romeo & Juliet is open in Riverbank park and runs until August 27th.
Currently in Pennsylvania designing six shows at the Millbrook Playhouse, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Proof. I’ll be back in the city mid-July to design Romeo & Juliet for Pulse Ensemble Theater.
Right now I’m designing Hay Fever by Noel Coward. When that’s done, I head back to the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, PA to design six shows. When I get back to New York in July, I’m designing Romeo & Juliet for Pulse Ensemble Theatre.
Cinderella’s Mice opened today at Vital Theatre Company. It runs through May.
Embracing Freedom: The Immigrant Journey to America opened today at Ellis Island. It runs until November, so get out there and see it! Next up: Cinderella’s Mice at Vital Children’s Theatre.
I’m back from Arkansas after a very successful tech for Tuesdays with Morrie. Up next is Embracing Freedom: The Immigrant Journey to America at Ellis Island.
I’m currently in Arkansas designing Tuesdays With Morrie at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. I’ll be here until March 10th.
Last of the Dragons and The Pillowman
Last of the Dragons opened on Saturday, and this weekend I assisted Paul Whitaker on The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse in New Jersey.
Next week I’m designing Last of the Dragons for Manhattan Children’s Theatre. Then I’m off to Arkansas to design Tuesdays with Morrie at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. After that, I’m designing Embracing Freedom: The Immigrant Journey to America in the museum at Ellis Island.
The Wooden Breeks
Next week I’ll be Assistant Lighting Designer to Paul Whitaker for MCC Theater’s production of The Wooden Breeks at the Lucille Lortel Theater.
The Tour Draws to a Close
My time with the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is drawing to a close, and come January I will be back in New York City available for work.
Platinum Travel Club
Platinum Travel Club is now open at New Perspectives Theatre, 750 8th Ave. It runs for most of October, so go see it if you have the chance.
In other news, I’m going on tour for the rest of the year as the lighting and technical supervisor for the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker. I’m in Boston right now prepping the tour, and I will be heading to Wisconsin to start the tour at the end of the month. Stay tuned for updates from the road.
My next project is designing the New Perspectives Theatre Company’s production of Platinum Travel Club It performs at their theater on 8th Ave., and opens on Tuesday, October 4th.
I’m currently assisting Matt Richards on The Pavilion at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. The show opens on September 20th.
8 shows, 8 weeks, now done. I’ve just finished the 8th and final show of the Millbrook Playhouse’s 2005 season. I worked with a number of great people that I hope to work with again soon.
I’m currently hard at work at the Millbrook Playhouse. We’ve opened two shows, and have six more in the works, all of which I’m designing.
Yesterday I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Lighting Design from Boston University. It capped off four years of fun and hard work.
The Laramie Project
I’ve just finished designing The Laramie Project at the Boston University Theatre. It went really well and I’m extremely proud of it. Sadly, it only runs for one weekend. Pictures are coming soon.
Up next–finishing final projects so that I can graduate in two weeks, and starting to design the season for The Millbrook Playhouse.
The Kennedy Center
I’ve just returned from designing Jasper Lake at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The show went off pretty much without a hitch, and everyone was very proud of it once again. I also spent the week in a master class with Eric Cornwell, Beverly Emmons, Ken Billington, and Nancy Schertler, which was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.
Now I move on to The Laramie Project, which I’m designing here at the Boston University Theatre, which goes up May 5.
After that, I will be the Resident Lighting Designer for the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, PA, designing 8 shows in 2 spaces until Mid-August.
My name (and the names of the rest of the Design Award Finalists) have been posted on the Barbizon website. Check it out here. [Link has been removed since this posting]
Barbizon will be presenting my display of Jasper Lake at the Cover the Walls exhibit at the USITT conference, happening this week in Toronto. If you’re there, you should check it out (and grab a resume while you’re at it). I, however, will not be there. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve been invited by Barbizon to show my winning display at their USITT booth. I will probably be there for at least part of the conference, but either way, check it out.
It’s official–Jasper Lake has won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Playwrighting Award and Paula Vogel Playwrighting Award. As such It will be performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 23 and 24. I will already be there for the lighting design competition, but will be staying a few extra days to get Jasper Lake up for the third time now.
Here’s what I’m up to right now:
- Available for LD projects starting in June 2005.
- Currently working on 36 Views for the Huntington Theater Company, for which I’m the Assistant Lighting Designer to Tony Award-Winner Chris Parry.
- In production meetings for The Laramie Project which I’m designing on the Boston University Theater mainstage in May.
- Preparing for the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC in April. I’m one of 8 national finalists for the Barbizon lighting design award, and the show I designed for it, Jasper Lake, may be going as well.