KC Wilkerson is a 2009/2010 Ovation Nominee in the Lighting Design – Intimate Theatre category for his work on The Who’s Tommy and Welcome Home, Jenny SutterÂ with The Chance Theater and in the Video Design Category for his work on The Who’s Tommy.
LA Stage asked KC Wilkerson the following questions:
What was the first theatrical production you ever attended and what impact did it have on you?
Little Shop of Horrors (Original Cast, Off-Broadway)-
Little Shop of Horros changed my mind about musicals. I was much more into plays prior to seeing it – but LSOG whetted my appetite for telling stories with music.
What is your most cherished theatre memory?
Seeing RENT just after it moved ot Broadway, prior to the actual opening. I had never heard of the show and wasn’t prepared for how much it shook me (in a good way).
Which LA theatre artists’ work do you consider a ‘Must See’?
Again, so many – I love Jeremy Pivnick, Luke Moyer, and Steven Young’s work. In the “must hear” category, I’d have to say Cricket Myers.
As far as theater companies are concerned – Furious Theater, Theater at Boston Court, the Troubador, South Coast Rep, and The Chance
What is your favorite thing about working in the theatre in LA?
Diversity – so many small theaters doing interesting work.
If you could change one thing about theatre in Los Angeles, what would it be?
More opportunities to work at a living wage.
Who’s the first person you texted or tweeted when you got the news about your nomination?
KC Wilkerson is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning lighting and video designer based in Southern California. His designs cross the boundaries between theater, events, concerts, and themed entertainment by blending captivating storytelling with advanced technology. KC started his career at Dulles High School in Sugarland, TX. as a scenic artist. He attended college on a technical theatre scholarship and worked on numerous plays and musicals in addition to presiding as President of Delta Psi Omega. Upon leaving college, he moved to California where he joined Disney as a stagehand. Recent credits include “The Secret Garden” (lighting, video, scenic, and co-direction), “The Who’s Tommy” (lighting and video), “Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter” (lighting), “13″ (lighting and video), and “Merrily We Roll Along” (lighting), all for The Chance Theater; “Jesus Hates Me” (lighting), at South Coast Rep for The Chance Theater; BGCELA/Toyota and BGC-Malibu fundraisers (for BCT Entertainment); “Grad Nite Explosion” (lighting and video), “Taste!” (lighting), “Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty Castle” (lighting), “Princess Fantasy Faire” (lighting), and “Pixie Hollow Enchantment” (lighting), all for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment. He has also lit countless special events, shows, and tours across North America and around the world. KC has numerous projects in the works, including a remount of “The Who’s Tommy” at Orange County Performing Arts Center in February 2011. A professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers (www.ald.org.uk), KC’s work has been published in Live Design, Stage Directions, Lighting & Sound America, Sound and Communications, and Entertainment Design; and has been seen on Good Morning America (Weekend) andDancing with the Starsas well as on Verizon V-cast. Media appearances include “Arts Coast to Coast”, “Real Orange”, and OCegister.com. He is also a contributing author to www.produceaplay.com.
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