Presenter Profile

Jonathan Spencer

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

JONATHAN SPENCER (Lighting Designer) Lighting and Scenic designer working principally for Broadway, Touring, Regional, and Off-Broadway productions. Having collaborated on over 130 productions and counting, lighting designs include the recent world premier Mr. Hollands Opus at Ogunquit Playhouse. And RENT 20th – 25th Anniversary National Tours which ran for over 1200 performances, The Priscilla Queen of the Desert First National Tour, Off-Broadway: Who’s Holiday (West Side Theatre), Carrie Mae Weems Grace Notes: Reflections for Now (John F Kennedy Center, Yale Repertory, and Spoleto Festival USA) and You Are Mine Own Directed by Atom Egoyan (Spoleto Festival USA). Jonathan teaches lighting design at the University of Colorado Boulder and for the Southern Oregon University Masters of Theater Studies program. Member USA 829.

Jonathan's Workshops

    Using “Intelligent lights” Intelligently

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , / Tech

    Requirements: (2) 15a outlets on separate breakers. A dark room. 45 min setup / 15 min teardown. Lighting equipment will be provided by CU Boulder.

    Multi-parameter lighting fixtures, meaning lights that move and change color are everywhere these days. Many theaters have bought their last incandescent stage light already, whether they know it or not. This change presents both opportunities and pitfalls for young designers and technicians. In this workshop we will discuss both, in a fun and kinetic environment. Students will observe the differences between the most common types of equipment and learn tips and tricks for using them. Most importantly, the session explores that with this powerful technology, it is more critical than ever that we stay true to the story. That we have a clear point of view at the outset of our design. And that the goals of reaching our audience, supporting our performers, and crafting compelling worlds of the play remain.