Special Appearances 2022

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.

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.

Frank Luther
Specializing in light, projection, and stage design, Luther works in a wide variety of live production genres. They have extensive experience in scenography and creative direction for the performing arts, ranging from opera to fashion shows to live concerts and everything in between. He has designed events for several iconic New York spaces such as The World Trade Center Oculus, 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, New York Botanical Gardens, The Central Park Zoo, and Lincoln Center.

As a founding member of the Sovereign Candle Collective, Luther’s projects lean towards experiential art. Many of these productions have required a great deal of 3D modelling, previsualization, and immersive/reactive technology. Recent projects have included Moses Sumney’s Technoechophenom, Studio Drift’s Drift: Fragile Future, and several designs for Superblue Miami.

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.

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.

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Jesper Kongshaug

Jesper Kongshaug has worked as lighting designer on numerous art institutions worldwide.

Jesper Kongshaug has over the last 25 years worked his lighting magic on a wide range of stages internationally. JK is a radical and innovative lighting designer, and with his inimitable sense of theatrical images, shapes, style and character, he illuminates his “landscapes” with a style that ranges from the classic to the experimental.

As an artist, Kongshaug distinguished himself during Copenhagen’s European City of Culture, when he created a grand lighting installation “Winterlights” that stretched 14 kilometers to downtown Copenhagen and in 2013 JK was commissioned to do a Lighting art Installation on the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. named “Aurora Borealis” / “Northern Lights”.

He has done award winning lighting design within stage art and architecture, as well as recognized stage design. Lighting Design for the new Royal Playhouse has given JK the Danish and the Nordic Lighting prize 2008. The Reumert prize for set design was awarded him in 2012 as well as the US Edison Award in 2014. He was again awarded the Danish National Lighting Prize in 2021 for the Tivoli Corner building. The did the lighting design for the new Olympic Committee Headquarters in Lausanne 2019.

JK is honorary professor at the Design School Kolding and at Shanghai Theatre Academy and teaches at the National Danish Theatre School. His lecture in Beijing 2017 for the “Thousand Plan” Lighting program was hosted by Chinese Ministry Culture. JK gave lecture at Stanford University, California, USA, on “Lighting as Art in the Public Space”.

Bastiaan Schoof
 With a background in theatre, Bastiaan Schoof works in different fields of lighting. For his Happy Tunnel collective, he designs light art for public spaces, especially for tunnels. Next to that, as a senior teacher, he teaches lighting design for the bachelor program at the University of Arts in Amsterdam. And in 2012, when Amsterdam Light Festival started, for 10 years he was involved as a the technical and artistic advisor/curator. In 2021 he founded his own light expo “I Light You“ in Utrecht, which will have its second edition in January 2023. Also, he is involed in Institute of Lighting Design in the Netherlands (iLo). He also still designs, now for Une Loue pour l’Homme, a French circus.

Fereshteh Rostampour
Fereshteh Rostampour is the full Professor of Scenic, Projection, and Lighting Design at Auburn University. She worked as a Free-lance designer for numerous plays, dance, opera, and film internationally and received prestigious awards for Excellence in Design. Fereshteh’s work has been seen in Czech Republic, Wales, Korea, Sweden, Austria, Germany, China and Taiwan. Her designs were chosen for the Exhibition at Prague Quadrennial 2015, World Stage Design 2017, 2013, and 2009. Her design for Matrix was nominated for best Interactive & New Media Design in Cardiff, Wales. She has served on Prague Quadrennial 2019 curation committee for the USA National Exhibit and World Stage Design 2022 in Calgary, Canada.

Jon M Armstrong

Jon M Armstrong is a Lighting and Experience Designer, spending the last 20 years designing experiential environments. He has worked all over the world, with expertise in theatre, architecture, heritage, exhibition and digital environments.

Jon is an also an authority on magic and experience design, and has consulted for traditional, immersive and site-specific work. He has contributed a chapter to an Ashgate reader, and spoken at the Natural History Museum, Barbican Centre, Chicago Magic Lounge, and the Magic Circle. He is undertaking a practice-based PhD in Magic as an Experiential Framework, and is a Lecturer in Lighting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Dag Engström

Nina Mylly

Nina Mylly is a lighting design graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has worked in the lighting industry for over 25 years ranging from lighting design of theatre, concerts, dance and events to several years working on lighting standardization as Swedens representative on Cenelec and IEC. Today Nina Mylly is a senior project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and also a lighting designer at Stockholm fair. She is the project manager of the EESU project (Energyefficient performing arts and exhibition lighting), which is dedicated to help the industries make a transition into LED-lighting. During 2022 the project is giving out a requisition document and a Swedish industry dictionary to support the purchase of white LED lighting as well as making free workshops teaching the industry about ANSI TM-30.

Mattias Fransson

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 products and lighting design for museums.

Declan Randall

Declan Randall worked as a freelance lighting, set and projection designer for 23 years before joining ETC as their Training Program Coordinator in 2018. As a freelancer, Declan worked extensively in opera, theatre, dance and musicals internationally. His work has been seen in most of Europe, Australia, the UK, South Africa and China. Declan was also a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities around the UK. As Training Program Coordinator for ETC, Declan is responsible for the creation and delivery of training content for the  EMEA region.

Seminar Topic:  The Magic of Colour

Örjan Fjällström

Örjan Fjällström is a lightdesigner, an artist and a scenographer. Often working for national television at location, handling lightdesign with sun and weather as two strong companions. Having done the light production for recordings of the Swedish royalties, the Dalai Lama and the Pope. His experiments with projectors and media servers question the common notion of what light is. Continuously active with new projects.
Adam Mendelson

Adam Mendelson is the Senior Lecturer in Lighting and Sound Design at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he has been on the faculty since 2012 and helped prepare the new theatre spaces for the opening of the state-of-the-art Performing Arts and Humanities Building. He previously taught at the University of Wyoming, the University of Texas-Arlington, Stephens College (Columbia, MO), and Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA). His design work has been seen across the US and as far afield as Scotland. Recently, he has lit shows for Perisphere Theatre (Silver Spring, MD) Rep Stage (Columbia, MD) Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY), Classic Theatre of Maryland (Annapolis, MD), and the Towson University Department of Dance. He is a 20 year member of USITT and currently serves as the Vice-Commissioner of International Activities for the Lighting Commission and is the Lighting Delegate to OISTAT.  He lives in Catonsville MD with his wife, Catherine, and their menagerie, Lailah and Kona.
William Kenyon

William Kenyon serves as Head of the Lighting Design Program in the School of Theatre at Penn State. An active professional designer, Prof. Kenyon has designed over 180 plays, operas, and dances, along with over a dozen national and international tour seasons with several theatre & Dance companies.  Prof. Kenyon has been involved in Native American theatre and dance for over 15 years, serving as resident Lighting Designer for the American Indian Dance Theatre, and was involved in the complete reimagining of Unto These Hills, a massive outdoor spectacle celebrating the history of the Cherokee Tribe.  While primarily a Lighting Designer, Prof. Kenyon also works as a Scenic & Projections designer, Sound Designer, Technical Director, & Stage Manager.  Prof. Kenyon is the author of Theatre & Stage Photography, a new book addressing the challenges of photography for live performance.  Prof. Kenyon currently serves as the Chair of OISTAT’s Education Commission, and as Chair of USITT’s History & Heritage Committee.