My Lighting Portfolio: Ada and the Engine

by Mar 20, 2019Designing, The StageCrafts, Theatre Unleashed0 comments

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

Ada and the Engine, lighting by Gregory Crafts.

Ada and the Engine presented a number of fun challenges for me; multiple locations on a small stage, some of them used simultaneously, striking a delicate balance between the lighting and our 5,000 lumen projector, and highlighting a complex, rich emotional landscape in this beautiful script.

I decided to have some fun and play with this show; using light to not only deliniate location (both physical and metaphysical), but season, and emotion. Our main characters had signature colors that ebbed and flowed as power and emotional states shifted. I also took a chance with using the cyc to create dramatic backlighting to enhance some of the movement sequences by portraying them in silhoutette. However, I think my favorite lighting moment in this show wasn’t anything I did, but rather the final moment of the show where the cast was illuminated by tiny LEDs mounted in our fans, and how it looked just like smartphone lighting. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a picture of that moment.

For more information about this production of Ada and the Engine, check out TheatreUnleashed.org 

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

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