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Jennifer Tipton, Special Guest

Jennifer TiptonJennifer Tipton (Lighting Designer) is well known for her work in theater, dance and opera. Her recent work in opera includes Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE directed by Bart Sher at the Metropolitan. Her recent work in dance includes Alexei Ratmansky’s SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY for American Ballet Theater and the San Francisco Ballet. In theater her recent work includes Richard Nelson’s first Gabriel Family plays at the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York. Her recent work on Broadway is THE TESTAMENT OF MARY starring Fiona Shaw. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. She received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2001, the Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and in April 2004 the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City. In 2008 she was made a United States Artists “Gracie” Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.

 

 

Natasha Katz, Special Guest

Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz has designed lighting for many varieties of entertainment, including Broadway, dance, opera, concerts, regional theatre, off-Broadway, Las Vegas, TV and permanent lighting installations. She is a six-time Tony Award winner whose recent Broadway credits include: Frozen, Meteor Shower, Springsteen on Broadway, Hello, Dolly! (starring Bette Midler), Cats, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, School of Rock, An American in Paris, Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie, Once, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage, Aida, and Beauty and the Beast.

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Brian MacDevitt Special Guest

Amongst the nearly 70 Broadways shows Brian designed are Blackbird directed by Joe Mantello, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, A Fish In The Dark written by and starring Larry David, Death of a Salesman directed by Mike Nichols starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington. For the MET Opera Brian designed Enchanted Island, Dr. Atomic et al. He also designed, Sucker Punch at the Studio in DC and The Maryland Opera Studio’s Miss Havisham’s Fire and Postcards from Morocco. He designed The Book of Mormon and received his fifth Tony Award for Best Lighting.

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Ken Billington, Special Guest

Ken BillingtonKen Billington started his career with the off-Broadway hit Fortune and Men's Eyes. Since then he has designed over 80 Broadway and 70 Off-Broadway shows including Chicago,Fame, Lily Tomlin in The Search for Signs..., Footloose, Candide, Annie, Foxfire,Tru, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim, On the Twentieth Century, Annie Warbucks, Sylvia,London Suite, and Snoopy. Other projects include Fantasmic! at Disneyland, Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas supervising Riverdance and for 26 years the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Ken is the recipient of the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics, and Ace Awards and the Lumen for his architectural lighting.

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Dawn Chiang

Dawn Chiang designed the lighting on Broadway for “Zoot Suit”, was co-designer for “Tango Pasion”, and associate lighting designer for “Show Boat”, “The Life” and the original production of “La Cage Aux Folles”. Off Broadway, she has designed for the Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and co-designed the first two seasons of the “Encores!” concert musical series at City Center.

Dawn was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera, where her designs included “A Little Night Music” and “Fanciulla del West”. She is the lighting designer for the award winning FDNY Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center, New York. She has worked on the concert tours of Paul Anka, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, and Loggins and Messina.

She has designed the lighting at numerous regional theaters including Arena Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum.

Dawn has earned two Drama-Logue Critics' Awards, Lighting Designer of the Year from the Syracuse Area Live Theatre Awards, and nominations for the San Francisco Drama Critics’ Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the American Theatre Wing Award for Design.

She has served on the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group and is a mentor for the Theater Development Fund’s “Open Doors” outreach program to New York City high school students.

Dawn is a senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants, where she served as project manager for two of the largest water based permanent shows — “House of Dancing Water” in Macau and the Han Theatre in central China.

Scott C. Parker - Producer

Scott C. ParkerScott C. Parker: has been a freelance lighting designer for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Event Lighting for IMS Technology Services. Scott produces the annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday workshop in New York City, co-founded with the infamous Sonny Sonnenfeld in 2005. Scott served as Chair for the USITT NY Area Section and is active at the annual USITT national conferences. Rutgers, Temple, Columbus State, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Pace, City Tech, City College, Edward R. Murrow School, and Berkeley Carroll School have all enjoyed, or put up with, his teaching.

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Peter M. Borchetta

Pete Borchetta’s passion for lighting over the past three decades has led him to numerous job positions in the theatrical and architectural lighting industry. He has served the industry as a Theatrical and Architectural Lighting designer, Theatrical Lighting Professor, Theatrical Lighting Consultant, and Product Innovation Manager.

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Miles Dudgeon

Miles Dudgeon is an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician, and is currently the Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for Altman Lighting. He has extensive experience in electrics departments for regional theatre, and across the spectrum of live entertainment, from large televised events to small experimental pieces. He has held sales, marketing, and product development roles at lighting manufacturers, and at theatrical supply companies. Miles has a BFA in Lighting Design from Purchase College.

 

Gary Fails

GaryFailsDMXAfter working for many years as a touring and Broadway electrician, Gary Fails founded City Theatrical, the award winning manufacturer of lighting accessories based in Carlstadt, New Jersey.

Sean Dane

Sean Dane discovered how easy wireless dimming can be while working at Kansas City Repertory Theatre as the Props Foreman. Today, Sean is Sales Director and Application Specialist for RC4 Wireless. At the Rep, he specialized in small electronics, carpentry, metal work, computer graphics and period-specific properties acquisition. Outside of his duties at the KC Rep Sean oversaw graduate design students from the University of Missouri Kansas City while doing their GTA in props.

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Sam Kusnetz

Sam KusnetzSam Kusnetz is an associate sound designer working on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the country. He's also the project manager for QLab and the founder of Team Sound.

Nick Gonsman

Nick Gonsman works for ETC in New York City, where he specializes in control, integration, and networking. He designs lighting infrastructures, data distribution systems, and writes education content for controls. In the field, he conducts advanced trainings at venues and Education Center events, and supports user needs around NYC and the Northeast. Internally, he sits on the Eos Family Advisory Team, as well as the Controls Steering Team. Outside of ETC, Nick freelances as a designer and programmer for theatre, dance, television, and live events in the city. In his copious free time, Nick likes to make his own wine.

John Huntington

John Huntington is a Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology, also known as Citytech, which is part of CUNY. Through his company Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an author, entertainment and show control systems consultant, and sound engineer. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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Chip Scott

Chip ScottCHARLES SCOTT (Lighting Designer) is the Chair of the Entertainment Technology Department and Professor of Lighting Design and Technology at City Tech, CUNY. He specializes in automated lighting, CAD skills and pre-visualization for designers and technicians. He is a producer of The Gravesend Inn, a Haunted Hotel at City Tech and also designs and automates the animated characters. Chip has designed lighting for dozens of musical theatre productions and the 2007 revival of The Mystery of Irma Vep (Off/Off/B’way), Perry Dance; NY Fringe Festival; Independent Films, NY Fashion Shows; Forged in Fire with Okello Kelo Sam and Dylan at City Tech’s Theatreworks; Gray Wig (at Hofstra Univ.);

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Vickie Scott

Vickie ScottVickie J. Scott has created lighting and scenic designs for dance, theater and themed entertainment throughout the US and abroad. Recent work includes: SARAYA NIGHTS in Aqaba, Jordan; XAYRON: THE LEGEND in Budapest, Hungary; and FLORALAND a theme park in Chengdu, China; and six years as the Resident Lighting Designer for the Ojai Playwrights Conference in beautiful Ojai, California.

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Steve Short

Steve is a principal of Lite-Trol Service, has also been in the Lighting Control Field Service business since forever and has been an employee of Lite-Trol Service since 1977. Learning the Lighting Control Field Service trade from the ground up. Lite-Trol Service has provided factory and non-factory Field Services for ETC, Genlyte (now the parent company of Strand Lighting), Leviton-NSI-Macro-Colortran, Lithonia, Skirpan, Gallagher, Ward Leonard, Stage-Brite, Lutron, Luxtrol and many more since 1959. Steve has served as Lite-Trols' Service Manager since 1986.