USITT Forum@Four: How to be a Good Assistant Lighting Designer

This session explores the dos and do nots of being an assistant lighting designer, what it entails, what are some of the stigmas that we face as assistants, how is it different from associate, and what should an assistant know when walking into a room. This is a moderated panel discussion exploring these topics.



Go Live Information
Go Live Date:
April 20, 2020
Speaker Information


Lucas Granholm is a Theatre Arts professor at the University of Minnesota Morris. He regularly designs across the Midwest at locations such as… Prairie Repertory Theatre, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, and the PErpich Center for Arts Education. Lucas has his MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of South Dakota.


Tyler Micheel is the Master Electrician and Sound Engineer for the theatre department at The University of Arkansas, where he facilitates technology and training for four unique theatre venues. In addition to facilitating productions, Tyler also teaches courses in Sound Design to graduate and undergraduate students. Recent design credits include Tartuffe, A Little Night Music, and She Kills Monsters. Tyler's work has been both seen and heard at venues such as The Black Hills Playhouse, The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City, and the Vermillion Community Theatre. He received his MFA in Lighting and Sound Design from The University of South Dakota. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dakota State University in Digital Arts and Design emphasizing in Audio Production.


Darren E. Levin is an Associate Professor teaching Lighting Design at Middle Tennessee State University. Design credits include Nashville Repertory Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Cedar Point Live Entertainment. Darren has worked as an electrician with Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice, Cedar Point Live Entertainment/Cedar Fair Entertainment Corporation, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, and Assistant Technical Director/Lighting Supervisor for McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. He currently serves on the USITT eSET (Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician) Council and is the USITT Lighting Commission Vice-Commissioner for Communications. Darren holds a BFA from Missouri State University (2007) in Theatre Design and Technology, and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin (2010) in Theatrical Design (Lighting Design). Proud member United Scenic Artists 829 and IATSE Local 205.


Heather Brown is a Visiting Lecturer of Lighting and Sound Design at the University of Kentucky, earning her MFA in Production Design from Michigan State University. She has over 10 years of professional experience designing lighting for productions, dance, and live events.


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