Chris Wood is a freelance designer who has had the pleasure of collaborating in a variety of entertainment styles including concert, corporate, theatre, and opera. Chris's work has been seen at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Indiana Festival Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and Ocean State Theatre Company. Chris enjoys pulling from these various experiences to create a unique style that is exciting and supportive of the production.
Chris has a passion for designing lighting and sound for new plays and musicals. In August 2013, Chris designed lights for Tuning In, a new musical written by Larry Kass and directed by George Pinney. Additional premiere credits include The Rockae, Charlie's Wake, The Birds, and Wizard of Wall Street. Chris recently designed sound for the new play Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs And Murder written by Rob Urbinati. Rob and Chris collaborated extensively to find new ways of incorporating sound to highlight the comedic aspect of the production and to enhance the narrative of a murder pantomime at the end of the first act.
Along with freelance design, Chris just recently completed a three year visiting professorship of lighting design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he enjoyed working with graduate and undergraduate students. He constantly maintains mentorships with students and young professionals, helping them along their creative paths.
In 2015 Chris was honored to receive the LDI/Live Design & USITT Rising Star Award for his body of work. In addition to the Rising Star Award, Chris was also nominated for an OEA in the category of Outstanding Lighting Design for Freakshow. In 2011 Chris was nominated for the USITT Young Designer award. In 2008 Chris was honored to be one of eight student designers selected to take his light design of Our Country’s Good to compete nationally at KC/ACTF. Chris also was nominated for an OEA in 2008 for the same production.
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