Naturally, I will begin by setting the stage. It was a Thursday afternoon in a class called “Transitioning into the Profession.” This particular week, we had our second session of five or six portfolio reviews (each 30 minutes long, in succession) with various guest artists. The last guest artist on my assigned list was Clifton Taylor, alumni and cherished friend of the NYU Tisch Design for Stage & Film department. Every year, all graduate lighting design students are required to attend his color lecture, so he was a familiar face. Having attended this yearly event, as well as listening to him on Cory Pattak’s recent in1: the podcast episode, I knew the exact conversation that I wanted to have with Mr. Taylor during my review. That conversation being about my experience with the almost entirely LED fixture rig with which I had just designed a show two weeks prior. The production was Hadrian & Antinous, the Columbia Graduate Directing thesis of (as well as co-written by) Mark Barford.
Click through the slideshow to learn how Burkhardt navigated the ups and downs of an LED rig.
Jenn Burkhardt, a NYC-based lighting designer, is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts' MFA Design for Stage & Film program. She has a passion for new and highly collaborative works that are thought provoking, widen a community’s perspective, and nurture the artists who create those stories. On top of her freelance theatre work, she is a draftsman and designer for Tinc Productions. Jenn was also a 2nd Assistant Lighting Designer for LA Opera and an IATSE 504 Stage Technician for The Walt Disney Company before starting grad school in 2016.