David H. Silber

Theatrical Design and Implementation

246 High Street
Medford, MA 02155

theater@DavidSilber.name
240-997-6646

Currently seeking positions in technical theater in which I can demonstrate the skills I have and learn new ones. I am proficient in lighting design, electrician work and comfortable with stage management, small audio reinforcement, and managerial roles and very enthusiastic about learning any related skills.

Credits

Audio Engineer for the live August 27, 2011 performance that became Heather Dale's CD: Live In Connecticut, with Ben Deschamps.

Also from that weekend comes the second half of Guilt, Angst & Fairy Tales , by Stranger Ways, for which I was the audio engineer at their live performance.

Roles

Lighting Designer

Designed lighting for plays, operas, dance, concerts, costume competitions, and conventions. in venues ranging in size from the Denver Convention Center's 5,000-seat Wells Fargo Theatre auditorium to much more intimate spaces.

Master Electrician

Responsible for all lighting tech for shows ranging in size from six instruments to hundreds, including moving lights. In venues ranging from fully equipped proscenium stages (fly space, proper electrics, etc) to large black boxes to hole-in-the wall theaters built into wildly inappropriate locations.

Technical Director

Managed technical services for several science fiction conventions. Duties included planning and coordinating lighting, audio, and communications for main event space, audio-visual support for presentations, and renting equipment and soft goods.

Audio Engineer

Provided audio reinforcement support for small live orchestras (up to 12 musicians) and playback services for special events.

Stage Manager

Coordinated full production teams for a variety of shows.

Theatrical Experience Summary

Media Aide Harvard University October 2009 to present
Lighting Designer Rain Dance Mar 29 - Apr 6, 2014
Lighting Designer The Pirates of Penzance Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2014
Lighting Designer Arisia '14 Jan 17 - 20, 2014
Lighting Technician The Importance of Being Earnest (Nov 17, 2013)
Lighting Designer The 39 Steps (Sep - Nov, 2013)
Lighting Designer The Sparrow (Sep - Nov, 2013)
Lighting Technician Twelfth Night (Sep 15 & 28, 2013)
Lighting Designer Musical Performances at TCAN October 2010 to October 2013
Master Electrician Les Miserables (Jul 22 - Aug 7, 2013)
Master Electrician Fiddler on the Roof (Jun 24 - Jul 10, 2013)
Audio Engineer Baitcon XXIV Contra Dance June 29, 2013
Master Electrician Chicago (May 28 - Jun 23, 2013)
Audio Engineer RDS Dance Recital May 5, 2013
Lighting Technician RDS Dance Recital (Apr 26 - May 5, 2013)
Stage Manager Dance Performances at NEFFA 2013 Apr 20 - 21, 2013
Lighting Designer Antiphony Mar 16 - 24, 2013
Master Electrician A Little Bit of Ireland Mar 15 - 17, 2013
Lighting Designer The Gondoliers Feb 22 - Mar 3, 2013
Lighting Designer David, The Musical Feb 7 - 10, 2013
Lighting Designer What the Night is For Jan 31 - Feb 3, 2013
Lighting Designer How the Other Half Loves Jan 24 - 27, 2013
Lighting Designer Arisia '13 Jan 18 - 21, 2013
Master Electrician Christmas Time Dec 7 - 16, 2012
Lighting Designer COMPANY Nov 9 - 18, 2012
Lighting Technician Anne of Green Gables (Oct 10 & 12, 2012)
Carpenter Anne of Green Gables (Oct 3 & 5, 2012)
Technical Director Pi-Con 2012 Aug 17 - 19, 2012
Lighting Designer Little Women Aug 3 - 5, 2012
Carpenter Bye Bye Birdie Jul 2 - 11, 2012
Lighting Designer A (Re)Movable Feast June 8 - 9, 2012
Lighting Designer Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure June 1 - 10, 2012
Audio Engineer RDS 34th Annual Dance Review May 20, 2012
Audio Engineer Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night May 18, 2012
Various Roles NEFFA 2012 April 20 - 22, 2012
Lighting Designer Flying High March 24 - April 1, 2012
Lighting Designer Stop Kiss March 2 - 11, 2012
Lighting Designer Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse February 24 - March 4, 2012
Lighting Designer Holliston Girl Scout Fashion Show February 11, 2012
Lighting Designer I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change January 19 - 28, 2012
Master Electrician The Sorcerer December 2 - 10, 2011
Lighting Designer Proof November 11 - 20, 2011
Lighting Designer Marisol November 9 - 11, 2011
Technical Director Pi-Con 2011 August 26 - 28, 2011
Lighting Designer Gianni Schicchi and Trial by Jury June 11 - 13, 2011
Lighting Designer Funny Money June 3 - 12, 2011
Lighting Designer Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore February 25 - March 12, 2011
Lighting Designer Doubt November 5 - 14, 2010
Lighting Designer StrowlerCon October 8 - 10, 2010
Audio Technician Matt Haimovitz, Jonathan Crow, and Douglas McNabney at TCAN September 25, 2010
Assistant Audio Engineer Boston Swing Dance with the Solomon Douglas Swingtet September 11, 2010
Audio Engineer Baitcon XXI June 25 - 28, 2010
Lighting Designer Die Fledermaus June 11 - 13, 2010
Lighting Designer Balticon 44 May 28 - 31, 2010
Audio Engineer Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night May 21, 2010
Stage Manager Dance Performances at NEFFA 2010 April 24 - 25, 2010
Assistant Audio Engineer Boston Swing Dance with Eight to the Bar April 10, 2010
Lighting Designer Princess Ida February 19 - 27, 2010
Lighting Designer Suburban Nutcracker January 17, 2010
Lighting Designer The Mikado December 4 - 12, 2009
Lighting Designer The Unexpected Guest November 6 - 16, 2009
Audio Tech Shir Tikvah September 19, 27, 29, 2009
Videocamera Operator Rotary Club Fund-Raising Event August 3, 2009
Substitute Lighting Board Operator Our Town July 26, 2009
Audio Engineer Baitcon XX June 26 - 29, 2009
Lighting Designer Glengarry Glen Ross June 19 - 20, 2009
Substitute Master Electrician Balticon 43 May 22 - 25, 2009
Audio Engineer Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night May 15, 2009
Assistant Audio Engineer Boston Swing Dance with The Gordon Webster Band May 9, 2009
Stage Manager Dance Performances at NEFFA 2009 April 25, 2009
Lighting Designer Utopia, Limited February 20 - 28, 2009
Lighting Designer School Dazed January 25 - 30, 2009
Lighting Tech Arisia '09 January 15 - 19, 2009
Technical Director Philcon 2008 November 21 - 23, 2008
Lighting Designer Dracula October 31 - November 8, 2008
Audio Tech Shir Tikvah September 28 - 29, 2008
Technical Stage Manager 2008 Hugo Award Ceremony August 9, 2008
Lighting Designer Denvention 3 - 2008 World Science Fiction Convention August 6 - 10, 2008
Lighting Designer EMACT - When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet June 15, 2008
Substitute Master Electrician Balticon 42 May 23 - 26, 2008
Lighting Designer Simply Broadway II May 16 - 17, 2008
Stage Manager Dance Performances at NEFFA 2008 April 26 - 27, 2008
Lighting Designer Lunacon 2008 March 14 - 16, 2008
Lighting Designer One Acts x 2: When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet
& The Actor's Nightmare
February 6 - 23, 2008
Stage Manager Arisia '08 Masquerade January 18 - 21, 2008
Technical Director Philcon 2007 November 16 - 18, 2007
Lighting Designer Little Women October 10 - 21, 2007
Lighting Designer Benefit Rock Concert September 23, 2007
Lighting Grunt & Driver Festival@First July 14, 2007
Lighting Designer Balticon 41 May 25 - 28, 2007
Stage Manager Dance Performances at NEFFA 2007 April 21 - 22, 2007
Stage Manager Arisia '07 Masquerade January 12 - 14, 2007
Technical Director Philcon 2006 November 17 - 19, 2006
Lighting Designer Balticon 40 May 26 - 29, 2006
Stage Manager Arisia '06 Masquerade January 12 - 14, 2006
Technical Director Philcon 2005 December 9 - 11, 2005
Light Board Operator Macbeth October 28 - November 12, 2005
Lighting Designer Six Characters In Search Of An Author September 23 - October 1, 2005
Lighting Designer Balticon 39 May 27 - 30, 2005
Lighting Designer Philcon 2004 December 10 - 12, 2004
Lighting Designer Hamlet September 10 - October 9, 2004
Lighting Designer Bedroom Farce June 25 - July 24, 2004
Lighting Designer Balticon 38 May 28 - 31, 2004
Lighting Designer Run For Your Wife April 30 - May 16, 2004
Lighting Designer Balticon 37 May 23 - 26, 2003

Awards

Designed lighting for the Washington Street Players' presentation of When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet, which won the Phillip Basset Ensemble Award at the 2008 EMACT.

Nominated for WATCH's Outstanding Light Design award for Bedroom Farce at the Silver Spring Stage. (2004)

Theatrical Experience Details

Harvard University

October 2009 to present
Media Aide
Audio, video, and computer-based presentation systems

Presentation support for Harvard lectures and events

This job has been described as "a scene change every hour".

Support Harvard class lectures and special events across the Havard campus by providing a variety of resources for presenters:

  • Audio enhancement for speakers and audience Q & A.
  • Videorecord lectures and events for webcast and archival purposes. Track both lecturer and presentation.
  • Computers of various configurations and types.
  • Configure display system to select one or multiple projectors.
  • Support older presentation technology (e.g. slides) as needed.
  • Train student aides in videocamera operations and other technical services.
  • Special event gear disbursed from main office to event locales, with the attendant setup & teardown considerations.
  • Troubleshoot problems.

Rain Dance

March 29 - April 6, 2013
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Rain Dance North Cambridge Family Opera

Rain Dance is an opera for all ages. The characters are animals on the savannah who elect a king to rescue them from a drought. But is Tau the Lion really working for all, or is this just a scam to eat some tasty herbivores?

Performed by two separate casts that do not use entirely the same blocking, this presents some cueing challenges. Much of that is solved by having a highly competent board op in attendance.

Musical Performances at TCAN

October 2010 to Present
Lighting Designer

Musical Performances at TCAN

The Center for Arts in Natck

I provide lighting on an ongoing basis for various musical performances at TCAN.

Each musical performance requires its own kind of lighting. While multiple performances of music from the same genre may inspire similar lighting, there is generally something different required to fit the specific circumstances.

We maintain a repertory plot, which we don't change for most performances, but it is used very differently for different types of shows.

RDS 35th Annual Dance Review

May 5, 2013
Audio Engineer and Lighting Technician
RDS 35th Annual Dance Review
RDS Performing Arts

Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure

June 1 - 10, 2012
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician
Sherlock Holmes - The Final Adventure
TCAN Players

RDS 34th Annual Dance Review

May 20, 2012
Audio Engineer
RDS 34th Annual Dance Review
RDS Performing Arts

Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night

May 18, 2012
Audio Engineer
Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night
Pincushion Hill Montessori School

NEFFA 2012

March 24 - April 1, 2012
Various Roles: Stage Manager, Audio Engineer, Lighting Tech
NEFFA 2012
New England Folk Festival Association

NEFFA is an annual event celebrating a wide range of dance, music, and crafts.

The Dance Performances bring groups demonstrating enthnic dances from all over the world to the stage at NEFFA. As Stage Manager for three of the four Dance Perfomance sessions I coordinated a full production team which provided audio reinforcement for live musicians (or playback from recorded media, depending on the group) and lighting designed to enhance the various costumes and presentations. Due to the nature of the event, each performance group took the stage with no rehearsal, so all decisions and design were done on the fly. Team included Assistant Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, FOH Audio Engineer, Media Playback Engineer, and Stagehands. We worked closely with the event production staff who collected information from each group regarding the nature and flow of their performance.

As Audio Engineer, I provided live mixes for groups of up to twelve musicians, and playback of recorded media for a variety of folk dance teaching sessions.

As Lighting Tech, I assisted in the lighting hang for NEFFA's main stage, used for a variety of events, the most technically demanding being the above-mentioned Dance Performances.

Flying High

March 24 - April 1, 2012
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Flying High North Cambridge Family Opera

Flying High is a fun foray into the backstage side of the music business. Full of music and some fun evil characters, it ends happily for most.

The Peabody School's auditorium is a full-featured proscenium stage, but its dimensions are so diminutive that it is hard to work in there. Got to work with a Colortran Innovator, which I hadn't previously encountered. From its appearance, I expected it to be a clunky old beast. Well, it is, but once you get past some control oddities it is a remarkably competent board.

Stop Kiss

March 2 - 11, 2012
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Stop Kiss
TCAN Players

The TCAN stage is very small, but we fit a lot of settings into it. About half of this show was set in a single living room, but that half was every other scene, requiring that everything else be suggested with light and some minimal furnishings.

Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse

February 24 - March 4, 2012
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician

Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse

Sudbury Savoyards

This production of Ruddigore brought me back once again to the Kirshner Auditorium at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. This is a 46-foot proscenium stage with a very nice infrastructure (226 dimmers, extensive fly system, ETC Ion) and an unfortunate choice of stock lighting instruments.

The stylized set suggested locations to rather good effect, rather than bludgeoning the audience with explicit settings and multiple scene changes. The height of it was both a positive dramatic feature and a challenge to properly light at its extremes.

Once again I made good use of being able to bring in advanced equipment such as moving lights, dichroic color changers, and various moving pattern devices and manage them through a current-technology lighting control board. This makes a nice change from my usual crop of lighting work, which involves making the best out of much more limited resources.

Holliston Girl Scout Fashion Show

February 11, 2012
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, & Audio Engineer
Holliston Girl Scout Fashion Show

Presented by the Girl Scouts of Holliston, MA as a benefit for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, this event featured girls in historic Girl Scout uniforms in addition to current fashions and an imaginative futuristic ensembles.

My preparations for this event involved rehanging lights in the Holliston Town Hall Auditorium to cover the extensive runway, checking the provided audio, and setting a microphone for the Master of Ceremonies. During the show, I manned the audio desk as well as ran the lighting, but since most of the complexity was in the preparations, it was possible to do both jobs.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

January 19 - 28, 2012
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Arts After Hours

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change was performed in the The Neal Rantoul Black Box Theater. Despite its odd shape, this is a nicely appointed theater, with a small selection of high-quality lighting equipment. Using the area under the low part of the ceiling (where there is no grid) as part of the performance area does present some challenges.

The show is composed of many vignettes, each in its own setting. While it was possible to share lights for different scenes, the odd shape of the theater made lighting some areas difficult.

The Sorcerer

December 2 to 10, 2011
Master Electrician

The Sorcerer

MIT G&SP

Proof

November 11 to 20, 2011
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Proof
TCAN Players

Marisol

November 9 to 11, 2011
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician

Marisol

Pine Manor College

Pi-Con 2011

August 26 to 28, 2011
Technical Director and Audio Engineer

Pi-Con 2011

Managed the technical requirements for a small science fiction convention. Provided video projection and small audio reinforcement for various areas and minimal stage lighting for the main stage with the help of a small crew.

For the main stage, I ran audio for several musical groups.

Gianni Schicchi and Trial By Jury

June 11 - 13, 2010
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician

Gianni Schicchi and Trial By Jury

Greater Worcester Opera

Designed lighting for a pair of one-act operas - Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (performed in English translation) and Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial By Jury.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician as well as Lighting Designer.

Funny Money

June 3 - 12, 2011
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician

Funny Money
TCAN Players

Designed lighting to set moods and augment the TCAN Players' performance of Ray Cooney's Funny Money.

This show consisted of one interior set and so required very straightforward lighting that remained constant throughout the show. The one exception to that was the light coming in through the window, which dimmed over the course of the first act.

The Center for Arts in Natick is a challenging venue to design for due to its low ceiling and generally not having been designed as theater space (it is built into a historic fire station) but the performances that come from the TCAN Players make that extra effort worthwhile.

Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore

February 25 - March 12, 2011
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, Light Board Operator

Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore

Sudbury Savoyards

Designed, set, and ran lighting for a double-billing of Giilbert & Sullivan shows. The hardest part of this plot was lighting people at the top of the oddball shape that was the Pinafore ship set, as it was very tall for the stage and set at an angle.

Lit primarily with the venue's limited inventory of Strand ellipsoidals and assorted PARs and fresnels. Any-color wash for the downstage area implemented with half a dozen Source Fours with ColorMerges. Arbitrary spot locations hit with various combinations of Vari*Lites. Lighting controlled via an ETC Ion.

Doubt

November 5 to 14, 2010
Lighting Designer and Master Electrician

Doubt

TCAN Players

StrowlerCon

October 8 to 10, 2010
Lighting Designer

StrowlerCon

to run October 8 to 10, 2010 at the Woburn Holiday Inn in Woburn Massachusetts.

Matt Haimovitz, Jonathan Crow, and Douglas McNabney

September 25, 2010
Audio Technician

Matt Haimovitz, Jonathan Crow, and Douglas McNabney

The Center for Arts in Natck

As the performance was acustic, audio work was limited to providing microphones for introductions and general commentary.

Boston Swing Dance with the Solomon Douglas Swingtet

September 11, 2010
Assistant Audio Engineer

Solomon Douglas Swingtet

Boston Swing Dance Network

Assisted in build, run, and teardown of audio for an evening of swing dance.

Equipment used included Yamaha O1V96 programmable audio mixer and Bose line array speakers.

Baitcon XXI

June 25 - 28, 2010
Audio Engineer

Baitcon XX

Ran sound for a contra dance in the woods with live musicians. Coordinated equipment from various seperate sources to provide for a complete PA system.

Die Fledermaus

June 11 - 13, 2010
Lighting Designer

Die Fledermaus

Worcester Opera Works

Designed lighting to fit the various moods of Strauss' Die Fledermaus. (Performed in English translation.)

For this show, I served as Master Electrician, lighting board operator and sound board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

Balticon 44

May 28 - 31, 2010
Lighting Designer

Balticon 44

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Designed repertory-style lighting for a masquerade competition such that individual costumed acts could have lighting suited to their presentations. Used same gear to provide varied moods for a steampunk-style ball, Martian Croquet, hula-hooping to music and special effects, and a guest interview.

Designed lighting specific to individual entrants in the masquerade competition on the fly during their brief rehearsal slot, in consultation with the Show Caller.

Supervised the build and teardown of theatrical lighting into the hotel ballroom used for all events.

Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night

May 21, 2010
Audio Engineer
Talent Night
Pincushion Hill Montessori School

Set and ran sound and served as technical contact for a talent show event featuring very young children.

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2010

April 25, 2010
Stage Manager

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2010

New England Folk Festival Association

Coordinated dance performances by a series of groups, each presenting dances of a different style and country of origin.

Worked on installation and teardown of audio & lighting equipment.

Boston Swing Dance with Eight to the Bar

April 10, 2010
Assistant Audio Engineer

Eight to the Bar

Boston Swing Dance Network

Assisted in build, run, and teardown of audio for an evening of swing dance.

Equipment used included Yamaha O1V96 programmable audio mixer and Bose line array speakers.

Princess Ida

February 19 - 27, 2010
Lighting Designer

Princess Ida

Sudbury Savoyards

A seemingly simple show, Ida required special care to compensate for the (unfortunately flesh-toned) color of the backdrop in addition to the standard issues that come with lighting a large stage.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and one of two lighting board operators as well as Lighting Designer.

Production Week was enlivened by learning to use the ETC Ion on the fly. Fortunately, I had an amazing team to back me up and together we made short work of learning the system.

I work in many theaters that are squeezed into inadequate spaces, but this one is a pleasant exception. Not every lighting angle is provided for, but there are plenty of lighting circuits, a full fly system, and a state of the art lighting board.

Lit primarily with the venue's limited inventory of Strand ellipsoidals and assorted PARs and fresnels. Any-color wash implemented with half a dozen Source Fours with ColorMerges. Lighting controlled via an ETC Ion.

Suburban Nutcracker

January 17, 2010
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Board Operator

Suburban Nutcracker

Children's Dance Theater

This version of the classic Nutcracker story was told in various forms of dance. Performed in the round and partially on stage and additionally throughout the hall, the performance drew the audience into the action.

While estheticaly pleasing, this required special effort to provide balanced lighting for all the various moods of the performance throughout the space.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and lighting board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

The Mikado

December 4 - 12, 2009
Lighting Designer

The Mikado

The MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players

Designed to evoke the feeling of a rural town in Imperial Japan, this show was staged in MIT's La Sala de Puerto Rico black box theater.

The Unexpected Guest

November 6 - 16, 2009
Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Board Operator

The Unexpected Guest

TCAN Players

Designed lighting to set moods and augment the TCAN Players' performance of Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest.

The Center for Arts in Natick is a challenging venue to design for due to its low ceiling and generally not having been designed as theater space (it is built into a historic fire station) but the performances that come from the TCAN Players make that extra effort worthwhile.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and lighting board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

Shir Tikvah

September 19, 27, 29, 2009
Audio Tech

2009 High Holidays Services

Shir Tikvah

Set & strike of audio reinforcement for high holiday services relocated to temporary larger quarters. Same setup was used twice.

Rotary Club Fund-Raising Event

August 3, 2009
Videocamera Operator

Fund-Raising Event

Framingham Rotary Club

Ran videocamera for meeting which included entertainment.

Our Town

July 26, 2009
Substitute Lighting Board Operator

Our Town

Sudbury Savoyards

Called in at not-quite-the-last-minute to run the board. Watched one show, ran one show. All was well.

Baitcon XX

June 26 - 29, 2009
Audio Engineer

Baitcon XX

Ran sound for a contra dance in the woods with live musicians. Coordinated equipment from various seperate sources to provide for a complete PA system.

Glengarry Glen Ross

June 19 - 20, 2009
Lighting Designer

Glengarry Glen Ross

Washington Street Players

A lack of wattage limited us to very little in the way of lighting. Good thing this was a staged reading and fairly stark material, so the harsh lighting actually added to the ambience.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician as well as Lighting Designer.

Balticon 43

May 22 - 25, 2009
Substitute Master Electrician

Balticon 43

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Walked in expecting to just help out, only to find that the LD (who would normally have dealt with her own lighting hang) was terribly sick. Luckily, the plot was very similar to what we had been doing in that space for years, so it wasn't too difficult to hang without preparation. Our LD recovered in time to direct the focus, and all was well.

Pincushion Hill Montessori School Talent Night

May 15, 2009
Audio Engineer
Talent Night
Pincushion Hill Montessori School

Ran sound and served as technical contact for a talent show event featuring very young children.

Boston Swing Dance with The Gordon Webster Band

May 9, 2009
Assistant Audio Engineer

The Gordon Webster Band

Boston Swing Dance Network

Assisted in build, run, and teardown of audio for The Gordon Webster Band, performing for an evening of swing dance.

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2009

April 25, 2009
Stage Manager

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2009

New England Folk Festival Association

Coordinated dance performances by a series of groups, each presenting dances of a different style and country of origin. Alas, there was no opportunity for a rehearsal of any kind.

Worked on installation and teardown of audio & lighting equipment.

Utopia, Limited

February 20 - 28, 2009
Lighting Designer

Utopia, Limited

Sudbury Savoyards

Outwardly a bright and sunny productions, Utopia has its share of the biting Gibert & Sullivan satire. In addition to simply illuminating the actors, lighting must create the vista implied by the outdoor setting and generally be in harmony with the set design and the vision of the Director.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and lighting board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

School Dazed

January 25 - 30, 2009
Lighting Designer

School Dazed

Prana Productions

I designed the lights for this show in fairly short order, as I was asked at the last minute and I sandwiched the work into a small amount of time. For this Prana show, the runtime lighting crew are teenagers who I think will do a fine job.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician as well as Lighting Designer.

Philcon 2008

November 21 - 23, 2008
Technical Director

Philcon 2008

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Tech for regional science fiction conventions in the north-east United States is effectively a road show - we bring in a collection of rental gear and build a theater in a hotel ballroom. My task here was to extract requirements from the convention committee, arrange for equipment rental, make sure that we'll have the right mix of techs and skills on hand for the work required.

Dracula

October 31 - November 8, 2008
Lighting Designer

Dracula

Washington Street Players

Dracula is a dark and unsettling play. My challenge was to help create and enhance this mood within the limitations imposed by the venue and limited resources available. I designed and ran this show.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and lighting board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

Shir Tikvah

September 28 - 29, 2008
Audio Tech

2008 High Holidays Services

Shir Tikvah

Helped install audio reinforcement for high holiday services relocated to temporary larger quarters. Supervised part of teardown.

2008 Hugo Award Ceremony

August 9, 2008
Technical Stage Manager

2008 Hugo Award Ceremony

Denvention 3 - World Science Fiction Convention

Assisted the Stage Manager by directing lighting (including a pair of follow-spots) and providing front-of-house feedback on the state of the show.

Denvention 3

August 6 - 10, 2008
Lighting Designer

Denvention 3

World Science Fiction Convention

Designed lighting for two venues used by Denvention 3: Korbel is a generic convention center ballroom - a huge empty rectangle. Its plot was very simple, in that it was used primarily for speeches and mostly needed just light on the stage. The Wells Fargo Theater is a 5,000-seat auditorium which required a fairly complicated repertory plot to cope with the Masquerade show.

For the Masquerade competition, I designed lighting for each entry on the fly, during their rehearsal, in conjunction with the stage manager. Ran lighting board for the masquerade show. (31 entries)

Design Challenges

The Wells Fargo Theatre is the largest facility I have ever designed for by at least an order of magnitude.

Even with plans and photographs, designing for a venue that I had not actually seen was fraught with unforseen difficulties.

Since when does a specification of "16 dimmable circuits" not mean 16 independently controllable circuits?!?

Working with a union crew...

EMACT - When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet

June 15, 2008
Lighting Designer

EMACT - When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet

Washington Street Players

I assisted in the lighting hang for the EMACT festival in addition to designing the lighting for our entry from the repertory plot.

Balticon 42

May 23 - 26, 2008
Substitute Master Electrician

Balticon 42

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Our LD was off dealing with a family illness when it was time to hang the lights. We knew a short time ahead that this was a possibility, so I didn't walk in cold. Luckily, the plot was very similar to what we had been doing in that space for years, so it wasn't too difficult to step in with minimal preparation. Our LD returned in time to direct the focus, and all was well.

Simply Broadway II

May 16 - 17, 2008
Lighting Designer

Simply Broadway II

Washington Street Players

A musical review.

For this show, I served as Master Electrician and lighting board operator as well as Lighting Designer.

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2008

April 26 - 27, 2008
Stage Manager

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2008

New England Folk Festival Association

Managed Dance Performance events in which dances of various nationalities are presented. One session was performed by children. Each set of national dances was presented by a separate troupe.

Worked on installation and teardown of audio & lighting equipment.

Lunacon 2008

March 14 - 16, 2008
Lighting Designer

Lunacon 2008

New York Science Fiction Society

One Acts x 2: When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet & The Actor's Nightmare

February 6 - 23, 2008
Lighting Designer

One Acts x 2

Washington Street Players

Designed lighting for a pair of one act plays. The first show, When Shakespeare's Ladies Meet needed only a single outside look, with a special for Cleopatra's entrance and a spotlight for Juliet's apology. The second, The Actor's Nightmare required many different looks, as the Actor struggled his way through a variety of plays for which he had not rehearsed.

My dates for the run of the show start with the lighting hang on the Wednesday before tech week started.

Design Challenges

The auditorium at Holliston's Town Hall has a modern lighting system installed, but is short on hang points due to a desire to keep the hall's historic appearance.

While the stage is well supplied with dimmer circuits, the hang points in the house have a very limited number of them. Due to the arrangement of the room, running bulky power cables from the stage to house hang points would have been difficult, but running DMX cable to small four-channel dimmer packs (one on each side) was quite doable.

The Actor's Nightmare needed a flash effect. I didn't think that a standard theatrical strobe would have quite the same look as photoflashes, particularly as I wanted the flashes to come from multiple directions, so I rigged a couple of photoflashes with relays so that they could be triggered by power to dimmer circuits.

Because Actor had so many different looks, I ended up using every lighting instrument owned by Washington Street Players (20 ellipsoidals, 20 fresnels, plus a couple of rented ellipsoidals) and could have made use of several more ellipsoidals.

Arisia '08 Masquerade

January 18 - 21, 2008
Stage Manager

Arisia '08 Masquerade

Arisia, Inc.

Philcon 2007

November 16 - 18, 2007
Technical Director

Philcon 2007

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Little Women

October 10 - 21, 2007
Lighting Designer

Little Women

Prana Productions

I designed and ran the lights for this show. The cast were children from Prana Productions, and a couple of them made up a helpful lighting crew, which provided me with some opportunities for teaching. Holliston Town Hall was, as usual, challenging to design lights for.

Benefit Rock Concert

September 23, 2007
Lighting Designer

Benefit Rock Concert

Holliston Education Foundation

Festival@First

July 14, 2007
Lighting Grunt & Driver

Festival@First

Theater@First

Helped transport equipment from Methuen to Somerville, which turned into an all-day affair due to a scheduling SNAFU. Drove Van.

Helped build lighting into a church basement theater. Assisted in focus.

Balticon 41

May 25 - 28, 2007
Lighting Designer

Balticon 41

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

This was basically a reprise of the Balticon 40 lighting design, except that our equipment supplier came through with truss, which seems much preferable as uprights to the pipe & base we've been using.

Events included a Masquerade show, a play Da X Code by the Usual Suspects, concerts by Ego Likeness, Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff, Funny Music Project, presentations by guests Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Joe Bergeron, and more.

Dance Performances at NEFFA 2007

April 21 - 22, 2007
Stage Manager for Dance Performances

2007 New England Folk Festival

New England Folk Festival Association

Walked in expecting to run some shows and assist in others. Ended up running all six hours of dance performance at NEFFA 2007.

The dance performances consist of many short presentations by separate groups.

Arisia '07 Masquerade

January 12 - 14, 2007
Stage Manager

Arisia '07 Masquerade

Arisia, Inc.

Philcon 2006

November 17 - 19, 2006
Technical Director

Philcon 2006

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Balticon 40

May 26 - 29, 2006
Technical Stage Manager

Balticon 40

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Arisia '06 Masquerade

January 12 - 14, 2006
Stage Manager

Arisia '06 Masquerade

Arisia, Inc.

Philcon 2005

December 9 - 11, 2005
Technical Director

Philcon 2005

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Macbeth

October 28 - November 12, 2005
Light Board Operator

Macbeth

Wilmington Drama League

Six Characters In Search Of An Author

September 23 - October 1, 2005
Lighting Designer

Six Characters In Search Of An Author

Out Of the Black Box Theatre Company

Balticon 39

May 27 - 30, 2005
Lighting Designer

Balticon 39

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Philcon 2004

December 10 - 12, 2004
Lighting Designer

Philcon 2004

Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Hamlet

September 10 - 11, 2004 at the Sellers Theater in Laurel, MD
September 16 - 18, 2004 at the DC Arts Center in Washington, DC
October 2, 2004 at Area 405 in Baltimore, MD
October 9, 2004 at the Producers Club, in New York, NY
Lighting Designer

Hamlet

The Rude Mechanicals

Bedroom Farce

June 25 - July 24, 2004
Lighting Designer

Bedroom Farce

Silver Spring Stage

Balticon 38

May 28 - 31, 2004
Technical Stage Manager

Balticon 38

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

Run For Your Wife

April 30 - May 16, 2004
Lighting Designer

Run For Your Wife

Rockville Little Theater

Balticon 37

May 23 - 26, 2003
Lighting Designer

Balticon 37

Baltimore Science Fiction Society

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