Posts Tagged ‘Lighting Design’

“ETC, Oh My!” from Kate McFarland

In Internship, Kate McFarland, Lighting Design on January 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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Word of the week: Learning

Working in the lighting department is incredible. I don’t want to overuse that word and make it seem meaningless. It’s only been a week or so and the experience is just that: INCREDIBLE.  I must have had some preconceived notion of what interning at OSF would be like.  If I did I honestly can’t remember what I thought it would be like, because the experience I’m having now is so amazing.

The highlight so far, is participating in ETC training.  This past Thursday and Friday a representative from ETC flew out to walk us through the new software that just got released.  Being able to sit in on this seemingly once in a lifetime training was such a valuable experience. I was able to sit there and take part, take notes, and even ask questions if I wanted. I can think of other experiences I’ve had where being the intern meant you were to sit quietly and watch, NOT ask questions.

We’re approaching the first tech process of the season and this is another experience I very much want to be a part of. The fact that my supervisors are so willing to let me sit in on tech is just another reason why OSF is such a great place to be learning and building my skills.  Having the chance to meet and talk to professional designers is an invaluable opportunity I look forward to taking advantage of as well.


The Art of Sitting from Marq Gonzalez

In Assistantship, Lighting Design, Marq Gonzalez on January 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

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The biggest thing I have learned this past week is how to sit. I’m not good at it… This is the first gig I’ve ever had that I need to stay in one spot since I am the hub of paperwork for the lighting dept. I’m not used to being on the design end of things but slowly but surely, I am coming to love it. The crew is as ridiculous as they are talented and everybody brings something to the table that builds a well-rounded crew. As with any space, I have strived to prove myself as more than the  “intern” (not meant to be derogatory) and I think I have done well in that respect.

 Today, I got my tech table. And I have half a table to myself, this not only speaks to the insane amount of paperwork I will have to do but where my position is during tech. They are letting me direct focus, which I have been told is dependant on the skill of the ALD, and Michael Maag trusts me enough to do it. I know I’ll slip on something but mostly I’m excited and ready to go off the cuff and figure it all out.

 Also, falling frozen fog is the most beautiful and horrifying thing I have ever come across. I think I’m going to miss the north when I leave….and for fear of rambling I will end here.

“I’m Here!” from Kate McFarland

In Internship, Kate McFarland, Lighting Design on January 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM

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Word of the Week: Welcome

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a part of OSF for almost a week now. It seems like so much longer because I feel like I’m a part of the family and the community there.  Thinking back to my first day, I was somewhat nervous and feeling stressed about starting a new chapter of my life at such a grand place as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After meeting my colleagues, and the members of the lighting department I felt so welcome and at home. This is a place I’ve been dreaming of getting to since 8th grade. I’ve seen many shows, taken many a trip to Ashland, been a “Semmie” at the 2008 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors, applied to and studied at Southern Oregon University in the theater department, and finally the time came for me to apply for an internship.  When I got the call saying I was being offered an internship in the lighting department, I immediately accepted, but I at the time I don’t think it really hit me what I was being offered, what I had just accepted. It wasn’t until a day or two later that it really sunk in that I was going to be interning at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This is a big deal. It’s proof that I can work to make my dreams and goals come true.  It’s amazing to think about the work I’ve put in over many years to get here. And now, it’s all paying off.

“What’s the Password?” from Danielle Leigh Hicks

In Internship on January 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

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This is the unspoken phrase that I anticipated I would hear upon starting my internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s lighting department. There is a general understanding that every department, at every company, everywhere has their own language and camaraderie amongst employees. This can be difficult to mesh with upon becoming the “new person”. This is what haunted me as I entered the light shop on my first day at OSF. I expected to see the faces of those much more experienced than I, looking down at me with the expression of “Are you really one of us?”


While I was already acquainted with Michael Maag, the Head of the Lighting and Video Projection Departments at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I was not familiar with any of the other lighting employees. To my surprise, they welcomed me with open arms and a wrench in hand, guiding me through my first few days in a way that was most helpful and educational. Everyone who I have met thus far in this company has been warm and welcoming, showing me that no matter what, I can go to anyone for help or just to chat about my day. It is a place that I would recommend to any theatre professional – young or old, experienced or not – to come to learn and to teach and to grow. It is a place that I have dreamed of coming to for many years, and I am incredibly excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work helping to create some of the most inspiring and passionate theatre in the country.

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