30 Under 30: Scott K. Tusing, Moving Light Programmer

In celebration of LDI’s 30th anniversary—1988-2018—Live Design gives a shout out to 30 Under 30: thirty young movers and shakers who are changing paradigms, looking at things from new angles, and rapidly rising to the forefront of their field. From scenic, lighting, projection, and costume designers to technicians and programmers, as well as those who work for manufacturers, production companies, or rental shops, our 30 Under 30 are the harbingers of tomorrow.

Scott Kearns Tusing was comfortably settled into an Industrial Systems Engineering program when he made the bold move to switch to Theatre, and he hasn't looked back. As a moving light programmer, he has worked with award-winning theatrical lighting designers like Japhy Weideman, Ken Posner, Howell Binkley, Donald Holder, and more, on productions such as Anastasia, On Your Feet!, and Bright Star. He is currently working on Summer at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and Come From Away at Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Anastasia on Broadway

Name: Scott K. Tusing

Age: 26

City, State of residence: New York, NY

Position/title: Moving Light Programmer

Employer (if not freelance): Freelance

Current project(s): Summer (Broadway), Come From Away (Canada)

Most notable achievements: Leaving an Industrial Systems Engineering program to pursue theatre

When I started in this industry: 2014

How I got into this industry: Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people and being flexible

Influences: Tim Rogers, David Arch, Philip Glass, Anne Valentino

Worst advice I’ve ever heard: “Don’t go into the arts.”

Best advice I’ve ever heard: “We are here in support of the lighting designer.”

Bright Star tour

My favorite thing about the production industry: How supportive everyone is. We’re all on the same team, striving for the same goal.

Favorite design/programming/technical trick: Using external programs to script repetitive console tasks

Plans for the future: A vacation

Other interests/side gigs: Rock climbing, couch potato-ing

Organizations, memberships: IATSE

Website if applicable:  www.sktusing.com

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