Special Appearances

OUR SPEAKERS:

Professor Michael Ramsaur  Stanford, CA, USA
Michael Ramsaur is a Professor of Lighting and Director of Production Emeritus at Stanford University. In addition to receiving a Fullbright grant to teach at the Taipei National University of the Arts has taught regularly at the Bavarian Theater Academy Munich, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and has been a Guest Professor at the University of Arts Belgrade and is an Honorary Professor at the Central Academy of Drama Beijing. He has served as Chair of the Education Commission and as President of the International Association of Scenographers, Theater Architects, and Technicians (OISTAT), and is a Fellow of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), as well as a member of the United Scenic Artist Association and the International Alliance Theatrical Stage Employees. His  fifty-year career in theater includes serving as a lighting designer for many theater companies internationally and locally in the San Francisco area including over 80 musical productions for Broadway by the Bay, where he was Resident Lighting Designer. Examples of his designs have been displayed at United States Institute of Theater Technology Design Expositions, the Prague Quadrennial, the Triton Museum San Jose, and Shanghai. He has been awarded Outstanding Lighting Design awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association, Dean Goodman Award, and Drama Logue Award. His articles on lighting techniques have been published in three countries and he created a computerized software program to aid lighting designers.

 

DAWN CHIANG
Dawn’s lighting design credits include Broadway (Zoot Suit, co-design for Tango Pasion and associate lighting design for Show Boat and La Cage Aux Folles); and resident lighting designer for New York City Opera (including A Little Night Music, broadcast on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center). Off Broadway, she has designed for Manhattan Theatre Club, the Roundabout Theatre and co-designed the first two seasons of the Encores! concert musical series at City Center. Her regional theatre credits include the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Syracuse Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has earned two Dramalogue Awards, nominations for a Maharam Design Award, a San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Award, and a Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award.  She has worked on projects in Europe, Australia, China and Canada.  Dawn designed a live touring show for Disney, worked on the Las Vegas and concert tours for Paul Anka, The Carpenters, Diana Ross and Loggins and Messina.  She has served as project manager on special projects for Theatre Projects Consultants, including two swimming pool spectaculars in Macau Ricand central China.

Richard Pilbrow
In 1982, Richard received an award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for ”his many years contribution to the art of lighting, as designer, entrepreneur and consultant in both England and America,” and a Distinguished Life Time Achievement Award from the USITT in 1999. In 2000 he also received from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) their annual Technician of the Year. He served as Director-at-Large on the USITT Board from 2000-2003 and again from 2003-2006, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2001 for “His truly astounding contribution to the theatre and the work of the Institute”. Mr. Pilbrow has lectured and written articles extensively, giving master classes on Stage Lighting and Theatre Design at the VII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogata 2000 in Columbia and in Prague for PQ2007.

Richard was a co-founder of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD), the Society of Theatre Consultants (STC), the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), and the Theatre Projects Trust — LAMDA Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course. He is the Honorary Chairman of Light Relief the UK Registered Charity to support those in need in the entertainment lighting profession

 

Collier Wood 
Lighting designer, technician, consultant Tallahassee, FL.
Collier Woods is a veteran theater lighting designer and technician. He has toured for
over 20 years with various Broadway tours in different capacities. In addition, he has
designed the lighting for various types of entertainment, including opera, theater, dance
and popular music. Among Mr. Woods’ Broadway tour credits as an electrician are THE
COLOR PURPLE, BOOK OF MORMON, HAIRSPRAY, SHOWBOAT, RIVERDANCE
Mr. Woods has alsotaught on the university level at the University of Washington (Seattle) and Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland). As a lighting designer, Mr. Woods has designed for various dance, opera and theater companies in the US. He talk about  “The Training of Union Theatre Techncians in the USA”

Luther Frank
Luther Frank is a lighting and projection designer specializing in theatre, opera, dance, and other live events. His portfolio also consists of a variety of projects including fashion shows, concerts, weddings, and private events.

Recent credits include Sans(Theatre 54) with Danse Theatre Surreality. He was recently nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Innovative Design by the NYIT Awards for his work on Titus. He has designed private events at several iconic New York spaces such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum Natural History, The Waldorf Astoria, The New York Public Library at Astor Hall, The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Bloomberg Tower, Bergdorf Goodman, New York Botanical Gardens, The Central Park Zoo, and Lincoln Center. Luther holds a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an M.F.A in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Fereshteh Rostampour
Born in Iran, Fereshteh Rostampour is the professor of scenic, projection, and lighting design at Auburn University in US. Fereshteh worked as a Free-lance designer for numerous plays, dance, opera, and film internationally. She has received prestigious awards and presented her work at international venues in the Czech Republic, Wales, Korea, Sweden, Austria, Germany, and China. Her work was chosen for the National Exhibit at Prague Quadrennial 2015, World Stage Design (WSD) 2013 in Cardiff, Wales, WSD 2009 in Seoul, Korea, and Jule Collins Museum of Arts, Auburn, AL.  Her national presence includes designs for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth NH, Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred, NY, and she is the seven times winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Excellence in Design. Fereshteh is an associate member of OISTAT, serves on PQ 2019 curation committee for the USA National Exhibit, and on the advisory board of Broadway Educators. She holds an MFA degree in Scenic and lighting design from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Scott Palmer
Scott Palmer is a University of Leeds Excellence & Innovation Fellow and Lecturer in Scenography in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries. His teaching and research focus on new ways of thinking about light as a creative performance practice, immersive theatrical environments and the interaction between technology and performance. Publications include the monograph Light: Readings in Theatre Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Scenography Expanded: An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design (Bloomsbury Methuen 2017). He is an associate editor of the Routledge Theatre and Performance Design journal and co-editor of the new Bloomsbury Performance + Design book series. Scott has contributed to the lighting, projection and scenography of DV8 Physical Theatre’s To Be Straight With You (2007-8), NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Ghost Peloton, (2014) and recently directed ESTATE, a collaborative, site-specific landscape performance in South Florida which now exists as a 360ºVR Film (2018).

Kelli Zezulka
School of Performance & Cultural Industries University of Leeds, UK
Kelli Zezulka is a PhD researcher in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds in the UK, where she is researching agency within creative teams through the use of language. She is a non-executive director of the Association of Lighting Designers and is editor of its bi-monthly magazine, Focus.

 

Nick Moran
Senior Lecturer in Lighting for Live Performance
Central School of Speech & Drama
Active professional lighting designer, lecturer and researcher, with experience lighting drama, opera and other music theatre, large and small scale events and rock ’n’ roll. Senior Lecturer in Production Lighting and Lighting Design for Performance at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

 

Yaron Adulafia
Award-winning performance designer Yaron Abulafia has designed over 200 performances, installations, concerts and TV shows internationally. He has designed for Staatsballett Berlin, English National Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Rambert Dance Company, Ballett am Rhein, Compañía Nacioanl de Danza, Ballet BC in Vancouver – to mention but a few. Abulafia is the author of the book The Art of Light on Stage, and is in-demand visitinglecturer in universities and art academies around the world.

Nick Peel
Nick Peel is currently the Lighting Technology and Design lecturer at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London. He has worked in the lighting industry for over 30 years starting in London’s West End theatres before moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company at the barbican centre. After interludes on tour and at the Mermaid Theatre he ended up as a lighting supervisor with the Barbican International Theatre Event, working mostly in the Pit Theatre on the interesting shows.
He moved into teaching at the Guildhall in 2000 where he has been ever since, teaching some of the brightest and
best lighting talent working in British Theatre and Opera.
In 2014 the Guildhall moved into new state of the art theatre spaces next to the barbican centre in central London.
He has also been involved with the education department of the Royal Opera house Covent Garden, designing lighting for their youth opera and ‘chance to dance’ ballet showings as well as teaching on the ‘write an opera’ course for primary and secondary school teachers and children. He is also the question setter and host for the Annual Association of Lighting Designers annual Quiz night.

Kimmo Karjunen
Kimmo is a lighting, video, sound and set designer in the field of opera and contemporary dance. He has designed the lighting for more than 40 contemporary dance productions. In 1991 he graduated with a Master of Theatre Arts degree from the Theatre Academy of Finland.Since 1995 he has worked as a lecturer in lighting design at Theatre Academy Helsinki, now called the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki. In 2009 he re-ceived the State Prize for Art.

 

Bombina Bombast is a company of performing arts based in Malmö under artistic direction of Emma Bexell & Stefan Stanisic. Since the start 2011 Bombina Bombast har produced over 30 original works for stage and screen characterized by the performative meeting innovative technologies, lately with a focus on virtual reality. The company has been programmed at festivals and venues worldwide such as theatre festivals in Europe and Chine as well as Cannes and Sundance film festivals. Emma Bexell & Stefan Stanisic are guest teachers at Malmö Theatre Academy and did the 2015 exam performance for the physical acting students at Stockholm University of the Arts. www.bombinabombast.se

Ms. Psyche Chui
Psyche studied lighting design at Yale and Indiana University and is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Technical Arts – Lighting Design). Ms. Chui has worked as a Professional Lighting Designer for over 21years with her work being recognized with a Special Career Achievement Award (Theatre Lighting Design) in 2000 and she also received ”The Best Theatre Lighting Design Award in 2004-05 for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Production ”Rotate 270” and  “The Best Theatre Lighting Design Award in 2006-07 for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Production ”Blindness” by Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies.

Professor John A. Williams
John recently retired from his position as Dean of the College of Theatre & Media Arts, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Before leaving the UK for Hong Kong, John was Head of Lighting Design with one of England’s oldest and most prestigious theatre companies, the Bristol Old Vic. During his time with the Academy and the Vic, John continued to receive lighting design commissions from around the world and has lit Theatre, Dance, Opera and Commercial Events in France, Italy, Greece, Thailand, Taipei, Monte Carlo, China, USA, Dublin Ireland, Macau, Burma, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.  John has over 300 lighting design credits including six West End shows, one Broadway show – and the world’s largest permanently installed light show, the (original) award winning, Hong Kong Harbour Light Show ‘A Symphony of Light’.

Bastiaan Schoof
Artistic and technical production Amsterdam Light Festival, Teacher in light Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
Bastiaan is a very dedicated teacher and coach in the field of professional lighting. With all his patience, he is able to supply the students with a set of good valued basic skills. Besides this, it’s great to work with him on lighting and design projects. He is able to discover new ways and products, providing his students with the best ’future’ education available.

Markku Uimonen
After graduated with MA in Lighting Design at the Theatre Academy Helsinki 1991, involving an one year internship in Hong Kong, Markku returned to Europe where he designed sets, lighting and projections freelancing in several countries.
-Post-graduate Fulbright studies in M.I.T. School of Architecture (CAVS) 1992-93
-Faculty lecturer of scenography at the University of Art and Design Helsinki 1997-2000.
-Professor of lighting design and HOD in the Theatre Academy, now the University of the  Arts Helsinki 2000-2014. In OISTAT, he represented Finland at the Education Commission 1998-2015.
-Markku has also lectured in several    countries, and has been visiting professor and Artist in Residence in Hong Kong numerous times. His appearance as a speaker in international conferences spans from Beijing to South Beach.
Artistic Director of the LUX Helsinki, the largest city-scale Light Art festival in Nordic and Baltic countries 2011-2014.  Currently Markku focuses on architectural lighting as a conceptual designer at ALA Architects Ltd, Helsinki.

Lars Wernlund from Capture
Lars Wernlund has a master’s in computer science and engineering and is one of the founders and partners of Capture Visualisation AB, a software company specializing in lighting design and visualization products for the entertainment industry.
Colour accuracy in lighting visualization
”On overview of what is possible today and what is not in the field of colour accurate lighting visualization. Computers are already capable of performing lighting simulations with amazing accuracy, but without all data describing the reality to simulate and the adequate presentation technology, there are many issues to be aware of and take into consideration.”

 

Sharon Huizinga Field Project Coordinator from ETC
Sharon is lighting and projection designer, programmer, tiny house builder, and educator with experience throughout many sectors of the entertainment industry. Having practiced my trades around the world, I am currently based in the Netherlands and seeking out new global opportunities for artistic collaboration.
Lighting the Emotional Landscape: ”Throughout the entirety of human evolution light has played a profound role.  The human brain has complex and deep rooted associations with lighting states.  How do we process color, angle, intensity of light in the various parts of our brain?  Does culture play a role, or is the human interaction with light universal?  And as people who work with light to communicate about human experiences, how are we already using this emotional connection and how can we explore it further in our various art forms.”

 

Andy Webb from ROBE
As a lighting designer, his recent work includes Cinderella 2017/18 (UK Productions, Blackpool Grand Theatre) Aladdin 2016/17 (UK Productions, Blackpool Grand Theatre) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 2015/16 (UK Productions, Blackpool Grand Theatre) Dracula 2016 Tour, & What’s the Matter 2015/16 Tour (Last Baguette theatre company, UK Tour) Dick Whittington 2014/15 (Qdos Entertainment, High Wycombe Swan) The Billie Holiday Story (NK Productions No1 UK Tour), Bowjangles On the Box (Pleasance London then Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014), An Enchanted Realm (Robe UK, Showlight 2013 Cesky Krumlov) Guilty Pleasures (Theatre Productions Ltd, UK Tour).   For Workswell Productions, he has designed the national tour of Kill the Messenger,Alas Poor Yorick, Shakespeare’s Sister’s, and Ralph McGintys World of Shakespeare,  Andy owns his own production company ”Tigz Creative” offering full production services for theatre and live events. Through Tigz Andy has produced and directed a number of productions, live events, and corporate product launches.  Andy also works as a freelance Theatre Lighting Design Consultant & Associate Designer for Robe Lighting.

Mikki Kunttu is a lighting, sets and screen content designer who works in the fields of dance, circus, music, opera, television and arts.
Kunttu has collaborated with artists such as Tero Saarinen, Jiri Kylian, Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, Carolyn Carlsson, Sidi Larbi, Antony Gormley, Timo Sarpaneva, Jorma Uotinen, Jorma Elo and many others.
Kunttu has designed productions for Boston Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, Göteborg Opera Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet & Opera, The National Ballet of Korea and Lyon Opera Ballet.  His recent collaborations include Cirque du Soleil and LA Philharmonic (Los Angeles).  Kunttu’s design work for television includes Eurovision Song Contest productions 2007, 2013 and 2016.
He has also designed visuals for touring artists such as Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Hanoi Rocks and Michael Monroe.
In 2009 Kunttu started a light festival “Season of Light” in collaboration with the city of Helsinki  (recently called Lux Helsinki). Kunttu has received awards such as Bessie (New York 2006), Säde & Koura Awards (2007), Venla Award (2010) and  Engel Award (2014).

His latest works include Cirque du Soleil  ”Scalada: Stelar” (2017), “The Land of Kalevala” Finnish National Ballet (2017), Tero Saarisen & Kimmo Pohjosen  “Breath” (2018) and Tero Saarinen “Zimmermann Trio” for LA Phil (2018).

James Simpson is the Lighting Visualiser at the Royal Opera House, responsible for developing and deploying visualisation systems to help creatives achieve their design vision. He loves finding ways to make technology and art work together to allow us to create more ambitious and spectacular productions for our audiences. Along with the title “visualiser” he also adopts the terms designer, developer, researcher, futurist, artist, consultant, columnist, teacher, student, husband, father and geek! He has worked on some of the worlds biggest and most exciting projects including The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Ceremonies, Miss Saigon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He has a regular column in Lighting and Sound Magazine on theatre technology of the future and is currently undertaking a PhD in visualisation for theatre.

Annie Tådne is an audiovisual artist, video designer and creative coder, working within the intersection of art and technology. Since obtaining her BA in Audiovisual Production, she has created video scenography for theatre and opera at institutions in Sweden such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm City Theatre and the Opera House in Umeå. She also has been doing visuals, projection mapping installations and audiovisual performances for various festivals, clubs and concerts such as Southbank Centre in London, The Festival of Fire in Kungsträdgården and The Museum of Photography in Stockholm. Currently, she is studying her Master of Fine Art in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London, where programming for artistic practice is the main focus. At Scandlight she will share the experiences of working with The House at the End of the Night at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 2016. This production incorporated camera operators who acted as a part of the onstage cast and captured the characters throughout the play, and the close-up images were projected in real time on the constantly moving scenography. Annie is working for Q-point in Sweden.

 

Cabaret Electrique – Live animation in theatre
How can motion capture and video games technology be used to create real-time animated characters for live performances? Since 2011 Simon Alexanderson (researcher), Filip Alexanderson (writer/actor) and Henrik Bäckbro (puppeteer) have been investigating this in a variety of workshops and experimental shows. Their work is heavily influenced by traditional art forms such as mime, puppetry and classical animation but use the latest developments in 3D technology to create a unique mix of actors and animations. Under the working name Cabaret Electrique, they have collaborated with a variety of artists from different guilds, both nationally and internationally.

In the workshop, Simon and Henrik will present work from the upcoming show ”The Kafka Archives” (premiere in Stockholm 2018-10-28 at Reaktorhallen KTH) and give the participants the chance to try out the technology hands-on.

Eric Holmberg Designer and Visual Technologist
Eric started hi career in 2006 as a media-server and lighting console programer. as a former musician he new a little about lighting and audio and through guidance from Pontus Bullen Lagerbielke he quickly found a place in the visual industry.
From the get go he works whit video as a part of the expression on stage and as the years went he did less and less lighting programming and design and focus more on different forms of video. In 2010 he started at the Norwegian Opera and developed their advanced Video department based on a workflow containing Disguise (former known as d3). In 2011 Eric together whit disguise, Visualact and DNO&B did a live tracking of their first moving scenografi at the Opera La Bohème. Since then Eric has worked as a designer whit productions like Eugen Onegin at the Malmö Opera, The Wind on the Moon at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden but also bigger shows like the Opening of the Tele 2 Arena. But mostly Eric is working as a Visual Technologist whit advanced installations, shows and performances. In this role his knowledge about technology together whit his understanding of design he has been a front runner and visionary in his industry  visual technology for the last 10 years.

 

Hannele Philipson
Light designer based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Work include a broad variety of designs for the Swedish dance, opera and political theatre – scene. She also designed for touring shows reaching Tallinn, Madrid, Amsterdam and New York. Hannele holds a bachelor in Lighting Design from SADA (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts) and an education in the visual arts focusing on printmaking graphics.
Her heart is at problem solving, the musicality of light and technical details.
I will talk about my experience in designing with the idea of sustainability at base for my whole artistic work. It is based on my two collaborations with choreographer Malin Hellkvist Sellén.

 

Johanna Enger
is a PhD student in environmental psychology and lighting design at Lund University in Sweden, and as well a trained lighting designer and industrial designer. Over the years, she has been involved in and also managed several different interdisciplinary projects in which design has been combined with other areas such as art, sustainable development, innovation and light and colour research. Her ongoing PhD project is part of a major research project, in which researchers from Lund University and RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden collaborate with a number of representatives for companies in the lighting and real estate industry. The project, named Swedish Research Project on Perceptual Metrics for Lighting Design, aims to develop a concept model and tools for evaluation and planning of light environments, based on definitions of visual and emotional experience of light.

ANNA WEMMERT
Lighting designer, working in the fields of opera, theater, musical and dance but also done museums. Combining design at various stages and venues in Sweden with teaching lighting-design at SADA (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts), consulting and doing technical coordination. For 6 years Technical Director at Folkteatern in Gothenburg.
Member in SLF (Association of Swedish Lighting Designers) since the start -92 and on the board for several years, also a board member of Sttf (Swedish Theater technicians association) and The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film, (branch of sound, light, make-up and video).
At the present working with the musical On The Town opening late september at SMOT (Smålands Musik&Teater), Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival in august and Island of Light, a light-art-festival in Smögen. By teaching light I develop my light-language and the vocabulary used when seeing, designing and experiencing light.

 

Mattias Fransson
lives in Linköping Sweden. He have been working with a wide variety of stage and event productions. From lighting design to technical coordination. From fixed stage to touring production. He is today working with lighting for museums and as a freelance lighting designer. Mattias is also member of the board of SLF (Association of Swedish Lighting Designers).