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Entertainment Lighting

- Lighting Direction

- Programming

- Training

Recent Production Involvement

11/2011: grandMA programmer: JLR booth at LA Auto Show

11/2011: Catalyst/Full Boar Programmer: AB Conference, Dallas Convention Center

10/2011: Speaker/Trainer: LDI Institute: "Introduction to Moving Light Programming with grandMA2"

10/2011: grandMA Programmer: Blizzcon 2011

8/2011: Catalyst/Lighting Programmer: Steve Aoki IDFESTIVAL Headliner Set

7/2011: Catalyst Technician: Univision Premios Juventud 2011

6/2011: grandMA2 /Catalyst programmer: Incubus

5/2011: grandMA/ Catalyst programmer- San Diego private event for Atomic Lighting

4/2011-5/2011: Hog3 to grandMA2 showfile conversion programming- Princess Cruises

4/2011: grandMA2 Programmer: America's Best Dance Crew: Episode 603

4/2011: Full Boar Programmer/ Lighting DIrector Stunt Double: The Presets, Club Nokia, Los Angeles

2/2011: Catalyst/grandMA programming cleanup with Video Crew - Kings of Leon tour

3/2011-4/2011: grandMA2 programmer (Media Servers): "The Voice" television series, NBC

2/2011: grandMA2 programmer: Usher at Belvedere Red

2/2011: DL.3 Specialist for XL Video: Tiesto Residency at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

1/2011: grandMA Training Seminar Instructor: Up With People Tour

1/2011: grandMA Programmer: Earth, Wind and Fire for Sony Open, Honolulu, HI

11/2010: RoadHog FullBoar Programmer: "Way Black When" television series.  Lighting Director: Patrick Schulze

11/2010: Wholehog 3 Training Seminar Instructor: Father's House, Vacaville, CA

9/2010 - 2011: Produced series of grandMA2 training videos for MA Lighting Int. (sample video)

9/2010: DL.2 Training/Setup: Black Label Society Tour/ XL Video

7/2010: Lighting Director: OK Go tour (UK dates)

6/2010 - 7/2010: Lighting Director: Regina Spektor FAR tour (European dates)

6/2010: grandMA on-site Advance Programmer: Jay-Z at Bonnaroo 2010

5/2010-6/2010: Lighting Director: OK Go tour (US dates)

4/2010-5/2010: Lighting Director: Regina Spektor FAR tour (Australia/NZ/Japan)

3/2010: Wholehog 3 Training for Event Design Lab

2/2010: Catalyst Training Seminar/ Server Setup: Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Tour / XL Video

1/2010: Wholehog 3 Training Seminar for Saddleback Church

Also instructed various grandMA seminars at ACT Lighting or on site (including sessions for Cirque du Soleil and Kelly Clarkson 2010 tour).

Work experience

Lighting Director


Tour Lighting Director: various US dates (Spring 2010) and UK Leg (Summer 2010)

 -Consoles included grandMA, grandMA2, Hog3PC, Avolites

 -Also handled show video (cameras, projector, media server installations)

Lighting Director

Regina Spektor

Tour Lighting Director for Spring 2010 segment: Australia/NZ/Japan.

 - grandMA console

 - venues included two nights at the Sydney Opera House

Tour Lighting Director for Summer 2010 segment: Europe (9 countries)

 - grandMA console for headliners, Wholehog for some festivals

2005Jun 2009

Console Training Specialist

High End Systems

High End Systems designs and manufactures automated lighting, consoles, media servers and digital lighting equipment for the production entertainment industry.  The equipment can be seen on concert tours worldwide.

My position at High End gave me the opportunity to train programmers of all skill levels around the world.


- Designed and implemented the High End Systems Training Center, a web portal providing information on attending live training sessions, and online training resources including tutorials and training videos.


Master Electrician/ Hog 3 Programmer

CSN: College of Southern Nevada

In addition to maintaining the lighting rig and serving as designer/programmer for all customer installs, I would train the lighting students on plot reading/ hang+focus/ maintenance / paperwork/ console programming.


Sales Assistant

4 Wall Entertainment

Assisted with product spec and quotes for automated lighting equipment for the entertainment industry.


Wholehog Programmer

Station Casinos

I provided programming for the Club Madrid, which served as a roadhouse for touring acts, a nightclub and a venue for corporate events.

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