Jim Moody Technical Theatre Fund Established

Friends and family gathered at Kinetic Lighting in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 2, 2024 to remember lighting designer James Moody. At this celebration of Jim’s amazing and productive life, his former business and writing partner, and friend of many decades, LD Jeff Ravitz announced a fund in Jim's honor at LA City College, where Jim taught and was head of the tech theatre program.

Moody (1942-2023), passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023. His concert lighting career included working with Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Barry White, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, Andy Gibb, Smokey Robinson, Donny and Marie Osmond, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, David Bowie, and Jackson Browne... He was the inaugural winner of the Performance Magazine Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1980. Moody also worked extensively in television lighting as a director of photography with IATSE National Local #600 in Hollywood, from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert to Entertainment Tonight, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, and Hard Copy. Always interested in education, he served as head of the Technical Theatre Program, technical director and lighting designer for The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, and served many years on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts. He also served in the US Coast Guard.

The LA City College Foundation coordinates the fund to benefit the theatre department and to advance technical theatre education. This program has created innumerable working lighting technicians, lighting business owners, costumers, and make-up artists. It is the school’s hope to spread the word about this important fund. Donations can be made here: https://donate.laccfoundation.org/donate

Related article: In Memoriam: Lighting Designer James Moody