Lighting Design and Technology

CCM Lighting Design and Technology’s BFA and MFA programs are guided by a hands-on, experiential philosophy and holistic approach to the entire entertainment industry. 

We offer students real production opportunities, access to industry standard technology and professional connections through exciting faculty, guests and alumni.

Opportunity

CCM is home multiple performance disciplines: plays, musicals, dance and opera form our active and varied production season. Student opportunities also include film projects like CCM Idea Lab and other collaborations with CCM's Media Production Division. We also have large format projects both in class and out, led by faculty with broad industry knowledge in multiple disciplines like concerts, TV and corporate events. Our opportunities are not just for lighting designers; they are also for programmers, technicians, innovators, media designers and creatives across the entertainment industry.

Technology

Our Lighting Design and Technology students get to work with multiple different lighting consoles and media servers, along with conventional, LED and moving lights and projectors in three different performance spaces that expose them to a large range of production sizes during their time here. We have partnerships with manufacturers and hold regular new gear demos. We organize trainings with industry partners like Disguise One. We offer two semesters of Moving Light Programming and two semesters of Lighting Technology.

Connections

CCM Lighting Design and Technology has active and connected faculty with decades of experience nationally and internationally working in theatre, dance and opera, along with concerts, television, corporate events and touring productions. Our students regularly get to interact with a roster of guest speakers from a variety of specializations ranging from designers for European opera, Cirque Du Soleil and the iHeartRadio Awards to high level programmers, production electricians, lighting manufacturers and event producers. Our alumni network is vast and strong, offering students a network and community.

CCM Lighting Design and Technology alumni don’t just work in the entertainment industry, they lead itOur graduates design on Broadway and around the world, run concert, television, film and augmented reality production companies, keep touring shows running and develop the newest lighting technologies. They have those opportunities because of the training CCM provides, and that includes access to contemporary lighting technology while they’re in school so they’re ready to assume leadership positions immediately upon graduation and, perhaps most importantly, so they can return to CCM and share their successes, both to inspire and to help train the next generation.

Four women perform on stage in a photo of CCM's February 2022 production of "Blue Stockings." Photo/Mark Lyons

Blue Stockings (Feb. 2022)

Students performing in a photo of CCM's Nov. 2021 production of "Once."

Once (Nov. 2021)

Students performing in a photo of CCM's Nov. 2021 production of "Once."

Once (Nov. 2021)

Students performing in a photo of CCM's Nov. 2021 production of "The Marriage of Figaro." Photo/Mark Lyons

The Marriage of Figaro (Nov. 2021)

CCM dance majors perform in CCM's Dec. 2021 production "Dance Works.". Photo/Dale Pickett

Dance Works (Dec. 2021)

Students performing in a photo of CCM's March/April 2022 production of "Galileo Galilei." Photo/Mark Lyons

Galileo Galilei (March/April 2022)


What's new and exciting at CCM?

Disguise Media Server

Since it began, disguise (formerly d3 Technologies) has been used on the largest and most complicated of projects. Creating shows for the likes of Massive Attack and U2, from live events, concert touring, theatre, fixed installs and broadcast, disguise has brought a new way of working.

WATCHOUT Media Server

WATCHOUT multi-display software is your fast track to creating spectacular shows. Use WATCHOUT to compose and manage all the different media elements in your show — video, still images, animations, graphics, live feeds, sound — and play it back on multiple displays. Perfectly synchronized, high resolution and right-on-cue.

Previsualization Suite & Vision/WYSiWYG

WYSiWYG is an all-in-one lighting design software with fully integrated CAD, plots, data, visualization and virtual show control. WYSiWYG features the largest CAD library with thousands of 3D objects you can choose from to design your entire show. The seamless integration between Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision allows you to create design documents, automate paperwork, and visualize your design in rendered 3D views. When you're done, easily send fixture and model information directly to Vision to previsualize, program and cue your show

Touch Designer

TouchDesigner is a node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content, developed by the Toronto-based company Derivative. It's been used by artists, programmers, creative coders, software designers, and performers to create performances, installations, and fixed media works.

Resolume

Resolume puts you in charge. You can play your videos when you want, how you want. Forwards, backwards, scratch and adjust tempo to the beat. Mix and match your visuals quickly and easily and play Resolume like an instrument. Whatever your style is, Resolume offers you an easy interface to rock it. Use as little or as many videos and effects as you like. The only limit is your computer's raw power and your imagination.

ISADORA

Whether you are an artist, a designer, a technician or a student and you need to weave together video, audio and other media, ISADORA is ready to serve your creative impulses. The software combines the video and audio processing engine of a media server with a hyper-flexible visual programming environment to create an incredibly versatile media playback platform.

Faculty

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Krista Billings

Adjunct Instructor of Lighting Design and Technology

513-556-9488

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Gregory S. Falcione

Master Electrician; Adjunct Instructor of Lighting Design and Technology

513-556-9490

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Sharon Huizinga

Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Technology

307-714-0072

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Kevin Lawson

Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Technology

513-556-5803


Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration Division Head and Staff

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Rebecca Bromels

Interim Division Head of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA); Chair and Associate Professor of Arts Administration

513-556-5803

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Jen Lampson

TAPAA Production Manager

513-556-9439

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Deborah Neiheisel-DeZarn

TAPAA Program Manager

513-556-5803

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Theatre Design and Production - BFA

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 3 in order to be considered for admission and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Upload contact information for three references
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)
  • Theatre Design and Production questionnaire

Interview

Interview Requirements
  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.

Additional Information

  • Candidates should only apply to one major within Theatre Design and Production unless you are seriously considering two areas.

Theatre Design and Production - MFA

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm in order to be considered for admissions. The applications for all MFA degree programs will remain open until July 1.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Current resume
  • 500-word applicant statement
    • Use the 500-word statement to express: how you came to your area of theater design and production, what you expect to gain out of the CCM experience, and what direction you intend to go upon graduation. What are your personal and professional goals and how does CCM get you closer to those goals?
  • Portfolio (include theatre, artistic, and/or craft work)

Interview

Interview Requirements
  • Application materials, along with experiences, achievements and long-range goals will be discussed at the applicant’s interview. All applicants will interview with faculty from the Theatre Design and Production department.
  • MFA Interviews should be scheduled directly through the appropriate faculty. Visit the Theatre Design and Production website for the faculty directory.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience working with our industry standard professional lighting and video equipment, software and inventory, including:

  • Martin, High End Systems and Vari*Lite automated fixtures
  • ETC Eos Family consoles, GrandMA consoles, High End Systems Hog consoles
  • LED Lighting fixtures including a large inventory of ETC Source4 Lustr Series 2 fixtures
  • A huge inventory of conventional fixtures
  • Previsualization computer with both Vectorworks Vision and Wysiwyg by Cast Software
  • Disguise Media Server
  • Watchout Media Server
  • Touchdesigner, Resolume and Isadora installed on custom built media computers
  • High output laser projectors for large venues
  • Light lab for student use to explore your lighting and projection ideas
  • Four different performance spaces

News and Events

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Counseling services now available to CCM students through...

January 18, 2023

CCM students can now access counseling services within the CCM Village thanks to the addition of a CAPS embedded clinician. A member of UC’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, Dalziel Reliford-Stone (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision (LPCC-S) who will serve as an embedded clinician for CCM and DAAP. In this new position, Dalziel hopes to work with students and staff to support a culture that embraces authenticity, self-acceptance and wholeness.

2

CCM Opera’s spring 2022 production of "Galileo Galilei"...

December 16, 2022

CCM Opera’s production of Philp Glass’s Galileo Galilei recently nabbed five nominations in BroadwayWorld Cincinnati’s annual awards for excellence in the region’s performing arts. The production, which ran from March 31 to April 3, 2022, has been recognized in the categories of Best Ensemble, Best Direction of a Musical (Greg Eldridge, Associate Professor of Opera Directing), Best Lighting Design of a Play or Musical (Ian Macintosh, BFA Lighting Design ‘22, and Thomas Hase, MFA Lighting Design) and Best Choreography (Hazel Alexander, BFA Dance ‘24). The awards are determined by audience vote, and the online poll is open through December 31.

3

CCM shares spring 2023 schedule of major performances and events

November 22, 2022

Audiences are invited to return to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) concert halls and theaters to experience world-class performances and presentations by the next generation of performing and media artists! The college’s spring 2023 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM's Opera Series presents Poulenc’s harrowing 'Dialogues of...

Event: November 18, 2022 8:00 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music opens its 2022-23 Opera Series with Francis Poulenc’s 1953 masterpiece, Dialogues of the Carmelites. One of the most revered operas of the 20th-century, this profound drama runs November 18-20 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Guest artist Christopher Larkin conducts with stage direction by CCM Professor Robin Guarino. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

5

CCM Play Series continues with 'A Dream Play'

Event: November 3, 2022 8:00 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music continues its Play Series with August Strindberg’s 1901 "A Dream Play" (translated by Harry G. Carlson), which runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM Chamber Choir welcomes Cincinnati Ballet guest artists in...

Event: October 29, 2022 7:00 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music Chamber Choir presents “Life and Death: Bach Dances” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral. Led by Professor and Director of Choral Studies Joe Miller, this collaborative concert features choreography by Cincinnati Ballet guest artist Taylor Carrasco and professional dancers from the company, featured solos by faculty guest artist Elliot Madore, and lighting design by CCM Theatre Design and Production Co-Chair Sharon Huizinga

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CCM Musical Theatre presents farcical musical comedy "Something...

Event: October 20, 2022 8:00 PM

UC’s College Conservatory of Music continues its Musical Theatre Series with the hit Broadway show, Something Rotten!. Originally premiered in 2015 and nominated for 10 Tony Awards, the raucous Renaissance farce runs Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 27-30, 2022, at CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. As The New York Times put it, Something Rotten! is “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

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Hughes 2.0: CCM partners with high school on light and laser...

October 7, 2022

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Theatre Design and Production students and Hughes STEM High School art students are collaborating on a light show that will be projected onto Hughes’ beautiful and historic façade during Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial and the BLINK Festival.

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CCM Play Series opens with dramatic double bill, 'Lysistrata'...

Event: September 29, 2022 8:00 PM

Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptations of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Euripides’ The Trojan Women tell stories of women impacted by war and their struggle to take control of their fates. A satirical comedy, Lysistrata focuses on women who try to end the Peloponnesian War by going celibate until their men see reason and lay down their arms. Known as the first anti-war play in the western canon, The Trojan Women focuses on the surviving women who grapple with grief, fear and the total devastation of their homes after their city’s defeat in the Trojan War.

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CCM teaches "disguise" tech to the next generation of lighting...

September 15, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Professor Sharon Huizinga and Vickie Claiborne, Training Manager for disguise Americas, have been working closely together over the past few years to help video and lighting students learn disguise — a platform that combines leading production software with powerful media server hardware, to empower artists and production houses to tell stories that inspire audiences. This collaboration was recently spotlighted on disguise's website.

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From Cincinnati to Ethiopia: CCM Lighting Design professor...

August 16, 2022

UC College-Conservatory of Music Lighting Design and Technology Professor Sharon Huizinga enjoyed a "once in a lifetime" experience this summer as the lighting and projection designer on Tiranya Ko Koisani (The Mediator), a new play about the Mursi people of Ethiopia's South Omo region.

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