As a way to foster the talent of future artists in our industry, each year ETC selects a group of students studying lighting design or a related field to attend the LDI tradeshow. This all-expense-paid trip affords students the opportunity to view the latest entertainment-design technologies while offering them a chance to rub elbows with some of the industryâ€™s most influential professionals. ETC is proud to announce the winners of the 7th Annual LDI Student Sponsorship, 2006:
Ian Garrett is currently pursuing two MFAs in Lighting Design and Producing for Theatre from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2004, he earned a BA in Architecture and Art History from Rice University. Garrett has interned with several designers at the Los Angeles Opera, the Public Theatre/NYSF, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, working on such shows as The Marriage of Figaro and Grendel. Recently, he has done the lighting design on Tumble Forward and Requiem for a Second Line, which were part of the New Works Festival. Garrett was also awarded the 2006 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Lighting Design for Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
Jon Harper is pursuing an MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He has a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Harper has done the lighting design for numerous shows throughout the United States including Shakespeareâ€™s R&J, Vagina Monologues, Hard Love, and The Subject Was Roses. He was an assistant lighting designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre in Tennessee for such shows as As You Like It, A Christmas Carol, and Into the Woods and was head designer for Trojan Women. Harper also has experience with stage electrics, which he has done for the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Playmakers Repertory Company.
Kathleen Hallee has a BA in Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, M?, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Texas-Austin. For five years, Hallee was the assistant technical director and lighting designer for the theater department at Holy Cross, and designed the lighting for one mainstage show and the spring dance concert each year. She has recently designed the lighting for The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Guys and Dolls and was the technical director for Kiss Me Kate and Noises Off. She is currently the lighting designer for UTâ€™s production of Slaughter City.
Adrian Tan, from Singapore, is in his fourth year of school at the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, pursuing a BA in Technical Theatre Arts. Tanâ€™s first stint in lighting design was MoliĂ©re Madness in September 2004. He has since designed shows such as the Pan-Island Expressway and Zhuguang, produced by The Theatre Practice. He also designed his schoolâ€™s dance graduation showcase, Intersect. His most recent project was National Language Class, which toured Jakarta, Indonesia as part of the Indonesian Dance Festival 2006 and was performed in Singapore as part of the Singapore Theatre Festival.
Jason Underferth received a BA in Theatre from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2000 and is presently working toward a masterâ€™s in Lighting Design from the University of Minnesota. Underferth has been lighting shows professionally for the past six years. His lighting designs have been seen with companies such as Chinese Dance Theater, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Commonweal Theatre Company, University of Minnesota, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Underferthâ€™s lighting design for the dance piece This Bleeding Heart... was nominated to be performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in May 2006. He has ealso studied theatre in London, England, and interned at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.
Laurence Zoll is working toward his MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Maryland-College Park. He earned BAs in Theater with a design concentration, and Philosophy from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Zoll has designed for shows like Rameauâ€™s Nephew, The Crucible, and Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. He was also the assistant lighting designer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the Family Theatreâ€™s Gala Opening, under the direction of Nick Olcott. Zoll assisted DC-area designer Daniel Maclean Wagner on The Diary of Anne Frank (which won the 2005 Helen Hayes Award for Best Lighting Design), The Miracle Worker, and Camille.