Okay, blogging... blogging... blogging.... Sorry I've fallen off the map lately! I swear it has been on the to-do list to catch things up here, but so far this has been my first chance in awhile.
SOOOO many things have been going on. I can barely keep up!
Let's see... first things first... the book! The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit is developing some fans. I've been sent many photos from friends and students who have received it or are reading it. I truly enjoy all that I've received so far. Keep 'em coming!
I especially love the emails I've been getting asking further questions about things in the book or individual's first assisting jobs. It's been really exciting to help shape careers remotely.... exactly what I wanted from the book... a good resource. And perhaps my favorite is seeing my own students combing through the book on their time off. Reading chapters I haven't even assigned yet. SO very cool. I'm so proud to have produced something that students and professionals actually find useful for their careers!
The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit was also named Book of the Month by PLSN last month (September)! Also check it out in Lighting and Sound America this month (October) for a review as well as Focus Magazine. Next month (November), Live Design should be publishing an excerpt from the first few chapters.
Other things... I finished teching Kiss Me, Kate at the Pasadena Playhouse last month. I was the associate lighting designer to Jared A. Sayeg. Here's a great pic of us and the rest of the lighting team with Jared's beautiful lighting in the back! (Yes, it took us awhile to perfect that focus!!)
I love working at the Pasadena Playhouse. It is SUCH a beautiful theatre! And it has my favorite historic lighting thingy backstage! (yes, that's a technical term.)
But mostly what I've been up to is starting my life at San Diego State University. What an unbelievable school! I am so proud to be apart of this program. The students are amazing -- driven, inquisitive, and enthusiastic! They challenge me everyday to become a better lighting educator and professional. I am absolutely in love with this place. No to mention is it B-E-A-U-tiful! Below are some pics. (The sunset pic is from my commute -- totally worth it!) This program is really wonderful... if you are considering undergrad or grad school in entertainment design, I suggest you check it out.
So that's my fall so far in a nutshell. Things are moving at warp-speed right now. Stay tuned for more info that I need to post regarding USITT. I will be speaking on two panels this year as well as holding a book signing. I hope to see you all there!