Theatre Lighting Design, Technical Direction and Consulting

Charles R. Kaiser
Aurora, Ontario CANADA

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Resume of Charles R. Kaiser

Theatre Lighting Designer & Technical Director

Aurora Ontario
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Newmarket Theatre – Newmarket, Ontario
• Technical Director/Resident Lighting Designer – December 1998 to Present

Livent Inc. – Ford Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, Ontario (now the Toronto Centre for the Arts)
• Technical Director/Production Manager – June 1996 to December 1998
• In-house Special Events Lighting (One-offs, Lobby Lighting, Press Launches) 1993-1998
• Technical Supervisor/Associate Production Manager – May 1995 to June 1996
• Studio Theatre Technical Supervisor – October 1993 to May 1995

Livent Inc. – Toronto, Ontario
• Assistant Lighting Designer – Show Boat at the North York Performing Arts Centre (Later the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts)
 Lighting Design by Richard Pilbrow - Pre-production to Opening on October 17, 1993

Arkansas Children's Theatre – Arkansas Arts Center – Little Rock, Arkansas
• Technical Director/Resident Lighting Designer – "1991-92 Season"

Greater Miami Opera Company (now Florida Grand Opera) – Miami, Florida 
• Tour Technical Director/Lighting and Pyrotechnics Designer – "1990 In-School Tour"

Buck's Rock Summer Theatre – New Milford, Connecticut
• Instructor/Lighting Designer/Pyrotechnician – "1990 Season"

Santa Fe Opera – Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Apprentice Designer/Electrician/Followspot Operator – "1989 Season"

Porthouse Theatre Company – Kent, Ohio
• Carpenter/Sound Effects Editor –  "1988 Season"

Sarasota Children's Opera – Sarasota, Florida
• Technical Director/Lighting Designer – "1988 Tour"

Sarasota Opera Company – Sarasota Opera House – Sarasota, Florida
• Assistant Technical Director – "1988 Season"

New Mexico Repertory Theatre – Kimo Theatre – Albuquerque, New Mexico
• House Electrician/Lighting Board Operator – "1987 Season"


Master of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Direction and Lighting Design
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance (Honors in Theatre)
 Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico


Lighting Designer
Ragtime the Musical (in Workshop)  – Joey and Toby Tannenbaum Opera Centre, May 1996
Producer:  Livent Inc., Director:  Frank Galati

Lighting Designer
"Press Launch" for Sunset Boulevard – Ford Centre for the Performing Arts (Studio Theatre)

Assistant Lighting Designer
Show Boat – Livent Inc. – North York Performing Arts Centre, October 1993
Director:  Harold Prince, Setting: Eugene Lee, Lighting Design: Richard Pilbrow

Technical Director/Lighting Designer/Pyrotechnics and Special Effects Design
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp – Arkansas Children's Theatre, May 1992
Director:  Alan Keith Smith, Setting: Alan Keith Smith

Technical Director/Lighting Designer
The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Arkansas Children's Theatre, March 1992
Director:  Bradley Anderson, Setting: Jack Barkla

Lighting Designer/Fight Director
The Rover – Virginia Tech (Playhouse 460), April 1991
Director:  Robert Leonard, Setting: Randy Ingram


Associated Designers of Canada - Professional Member (Lighting Design)
Association of Lighting Designers (Member Number 1317)
Explosives Regulatory Division Pyrotechnic Card No: P08174 (Pyrotechnician)
Entertainment Services and Technology Association - Individual Member
Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology - Organizational Representative 
(Newmarket Theatre)
United States Institute of Theatre Technology - Organizational Representative 
(Newmarket Theatre)


Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia
• Graduate Assistant in Technical Theatre and Lighting Design – 1988-1991


Lighting Control:  ETC Express, Martin LightJockey DMX, Stand LP90
Pyrotechnics:  Safe use of pyrotechnic effects, design and construction of firing and control systems - Licensed as a Pyrotechnician by the government of Canada
Sound:  System specification, live mixing and recording
Construction:  Use, maintenance and repair of hand and shop power tools
Electrical:  Basic wiring and electronics, maintenance and repair of lighting equipment
Computers:  Macintosh, Windows, HTML, MS Word, Lightwright, Express Track
Photography:  Processing and printing of black and white and colour
Video:  Studio cameras, ENG cameras, 3/4" and 1/2" videotape


Available Upon Request

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