CMC Speaker Bio: James Moody


Jim Moody is the Head of the Technical Theatre Program, Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College (A Professional Conservatory Program). Considered one of the founders of concert lighting he received the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award from Performance magazine in1980. Early in his career he moved into Las Vegas venues along with many of his touring artists even winning the Las Vegas Designer of the Year in 1982 for “Dream Street”, a production show.

Active also in television, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team award. He served for 10 years as Director of Photography on Entertainment Tonight and then switched to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for 12 years. Moody is a member of both USA 829 (Theatrical Lighting Designer) and IA 600 (Director’s of Photography). He has written two books; The Business of Theatrical Design as well as 3 editions of Concert Lighting; Techniques, Art, and Business.

For “fun” he is a member of TEAM Coast Guard assigned to Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor about 50 miles north west of Los Angeles where he serves as a communications watch-stander and Coxswain on rescue boats.

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