Charles Kirby

Charles Kirby graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University’s Visual and Performing Arts College and has been a Production Designer for theater and film ever since. He assisted some of the great Broadway and West End designers, joined the Art Department of a few feature films along with doing his own work downtown. At NYU, while getting an M.F.A at Tisch, he developed a tactile process for teaching and designing lighting and scenery concurrently. LIGHTBOX uses LEDs in miniature, lensed fixtures to mimic the lighting fixtures in a full-scale performance space. It has been incorporated in to a couple hundred design programs around the world to teach collaboration. owner and principal designer for Thematics, LLC, ( a full service production design firm based in New York City. In 2002, he began a manufacturing wing of the company in order to produce the LIGHTBOX, a patent-pending LED/fiber-optic model lighting design system. ( He has designed for feature films (, off Broadway and regional theatre, as well as architectural installations. He is a Wally Award winner for innovation in the Entertainment Design industry and the inaugural recipient of the Kurt Lundell Design Award. He has been an adjunct professor at Five Towns College, an Artistic Director at the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts and Teacher at Collegiate School where he started their Film Production program. Right now he is the Director of Theater Technology at EC Fieldston School. He is the proud father of teenage twins, Anna and Max.