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Super Lighting & Sound Faculty

We will be adding our speakers to this list as we receive confirmation that their schedule allows them to be involved.

Diana Kesselschmidt

Diana KesselschmidtDiana Kesselschmidt, has designed lighting for over 15 years and for hundreds of productions in theater, dance, opera, concerts, tours, events, fashion, conferences, and industrials.

Her work has been featured at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, New York Town Hall Theatre, Huntington Theatre, The Highline Ballroom, 30+ productions at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, Queens Theatre in the Park, Boston Playwrights Theatre 59 East 59th St., Harvard University’s Bright Hockey Arena, Cortland Rep., Abrons Art Center., Theatre At St. Clement’s, HB Playwrights Theater, Cape Rep Theatre

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Lucas Krech

Lucas KrechLucas is a software developer and the creator of Drafty. He has a day job as a lighting and video designer for opera and dance. You gotta fund that software habit somehow!

Peter M. Borchetta

Pete BorchettaPete Borchetta has an extensive list of credentials in the theatrical field. He has designed a considerable number of productions, industrials, and facilities all over the world. Designing for and with such greats as Carmine DeLavallade, Geoffery Holder, Gregory Hines, Vanessa Redgrave, Gelsey Kirkland, and Max Roach to name a few.

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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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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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Rachel K. O'Connor

Rachel O'ConnorRachel has been working as a professional audio engineer since 2008. Rachel has been on tour around North America with different Broadway musicals, and worked on Broadway on several different productions. She is currently working for NBC on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Her experience also includes large scale corporate events and concerts around the greater NY area. Graduated from Montclair State University in 2010 with a B.F.A in Production design.

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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Vinnie Macri

Vinnie MacriVinnie Macri has over 40 years of experience in communications/ intercom and audio distribution technologies. He has recently written the intercom chapter of the NAB (National Assoc. of Broadcasters) Engineering Handbook.

Vinnie is presently the Product Marketing Manager at Clear-Com. His responsibilities include working with R&D/product-development engineering teams and sales-channel customers within the various markets we serve to help evaluate communication needs with the company’s product portfolio.

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.

Elisheba Ittoop

Elisheba IttoopElisheba Ittoop (Sound Design) Her designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, National Gallery of Art, Soho Rep, Triad Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Trinity Repertory, LaMaMa, 59E59, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for the 2010 and 2011 National Playwrights Conferences, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. Education: NYU, North Carolina School of the Arts.

Miles Dudgeon

Miles Dudgeon has been involved with professional live entertainment production since his early teens. Having worked on shows covering the gamut from "theatre in a barn" to Broadway, he also spent several years programming web sites and video games for Fortune 500 companies.

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Bill Sapsis

Bill SapsisBill "Uncle Bill" Sapsis: welder, rigger, company president, author and one of the founding members of the Long Reach Long Riders, has been involved in the entertainment industry for 40 years. In 1981 he started Sapsis Rigging, Inc. and developed the company into an internationally recognized leader in the design and installation of stage equipment. Bill's seminar program has also garnered worldwide recognition. Bill is a USITT Fellow and a past member of the USITT Board of Directors. He is a current member of the ETCP Council and Chair of the Rigging Working Group for PLASA NA.

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Faculty Alumni

What an amazing group of faculty we have had over the years. You will notice that some keep coming back year after year. Others visit again as their schedules permit. We thank them so very much.