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Lighting / Production Résumé



Greetings, and thanks for taking the time to read over my qualifications.  Please contact me if you have any questions about my skills or experience.  Also be sure to check out my Lighting Portfolio.  

Most often, I work as head or part of a lighting production team, however my skills and experience cover much broader ground within the production realm.  I have high standards for a job well done, and am passionate about making sure that my employer's or client's expectations are always met or exceeded.  I will never commit to a job if I am not confident that I can perform it satisfactorily, efficiently, and safely.


Experience:

  • Lighting Production
    • Designer / Director
    • Master Electrician
    • Programmer / Operator
    • Technician
  • Production Management
    • Production manager
    • Stage manager
    • Crew chief
    • Logistics/Trucking
  • Warehouse
    • Warehouse manager
    • Rental technician
    • Maintenance and repair
    • Fabrication
  • Other
    • Down Rigger
    • Truck driver
    • Video editor/operator
    • Stagehand
    • Audio tech (A2/A3)

Lighting-specific Skills:

  • Lighting Design
    • Concert, theatre, corporate
    • CAD drafting
    • Pre-programming / viz
    • Electrical / weight calculations
  • On-site Setup

    • Oversee setup of lighting systems
    • Supervise any size crew
    • Electrical tie-ins
    • Run focus/motors
  • Inventory Software

    • Hiretrack
    • Flex Rental Solutions
  • Programming / Operation
    • GrandMA
    • Avolites
    • Hog
    • Jands Vista
    • Martin
    • PC-based controllers
    • Video control
  • Maintenance / Repair

    • Conventional fixtures
    • Cable/misc
    • Automated lighting and consoles
    • Console updates and maintenance
    • Component replacement

Certifications and Training:

  • Drivers license: USA - Illinois, Class C (trucks up to 26,000 lbs - no air brakes)
  • Completed Richard Cadena's Advanced Electrics Class at LDI - Oct 2012, Las Vegas
  • Completed GrandMA-1 Level 2 Programmer Training - April 2012, ACT Lighting L.A.
  • WorkSafe Victoria Construction Induction (Australian)
  • WorkSafe Victoria High Risk License - Dogging (Australian) - equivalent to Rigger Level 1 or Crane Signalperson certification in USA

Past Positions:

    Recent Festivals / Events
    • BURN Decompression 2012 + 2013: Production + Lighting Designer - Chicago, IL, USA
    • Riot Fest 2013 - Sideshow Stage Manager - Chicago, IL, USA
    • Spring Awakening Festival 2013 - Lighting Programmer/Operator - Chicago, IL, USA
    • Wavefront Music Festival 2012 - Lighting Programmer/Operator - Chicago, IL, USA
    Lighting / Production
    • Jun 2014 ongoing - Lighting Tech / Moving Light Repair Tech @ Resolution X, Noble Park, VIC, Aus
    • Apr 2014 ongoing - Event + Repair Tech @ Event Equipment, Collingwod, VIC, Aus
    • Mar 2014 ongoing - Lighting Programmer / Repair Tech @ Pro Light and Sound, Bentleigh East, VIC, Aus
    • Nov 2012 - Nov 2013 - Account Manager @ Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
    • May 2012 - Nov 2013 - Lighting Dept Manager @ Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
    • Jun 2012 - Oct 2013 - Lighting Tech/Prgmer @ ECTO Productions, Elmhurst, IL, USA
    • Sep 2011 - Aug 2013 - Lighting Tech + Rigger @ Event Creative, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Apr 2011 - Aug 2012 - Lighting Tech/Programmer @ FROST, Chicago, IL, USA
    • Apr 2011 - Jun 2012  - Lighting Tech @ SCS Productions, Roselle, IL, USA 
    • Apr 2011 - Nov 2013 - Lighting Tech @ Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
    • Nov 2010 - Mar 2011 - Lighting Tech @ Pro Light & Sound, Bentleigh East, VIC, AUS
    • Oct 2010 - Dec 2010 - Lighting Tech @ Bytecraft Ent, Dandenong, VIC, AUS
    • 3 yrs as Head of Lighting + Video @ Canopy Club in Urbana, IL, USA
    • 3 yrs as Late Nite Stage Programmer @ Summer Camp Festival - Chillicothe, IL, USA
    • 2 yrs as arena stagehand @ Assembly Hall in Urbana, IL, USA
    • 1 yr touring/one-off LD with Cornmeal (Chicago, IL, USA)
    • 1 yr as lighting tech/programmer @ F and G Sound, Urbana, IL, USA
    • 2 yrs as lighting tech/programmer @ Knox Array. Champaign, IL, USA
    • 5 months as Production Manager @ Star Talent Events in Champaign, IL, USA
    • 1 show as LD/ME for Woodstock Community Theatre in Woodstock, IL, USA
    • 3 shows as LD/ME for musicals with Illini Union Board group in Urbana, IL, USA
    Information Technology
    • Jun 2012 - ongoing - Website developer @ Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
    • May 2012 - Nov 2013 - IT Manager @ Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
    • 3 summers as IT manager @ Camp Tavor in Three Rivers, MI, USA (40+ staff)
    • 2 years as Web designer @ Studio 2015 Jewelry in Woodstock, IL, USA
Education:
  • Graduated Woodstock High School June 2003 (Woodstock, IL, USA) - 3.65 GPA
  • Attended University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
    • Began August 2003 - voluntarily discontinued studies Jan 2007
    • Focused on Middle Eastern culture, linguistics
    • Accumulated 89 hours, 3.11 GPA
References (contact information available upon request):
  • Andy Kuhlmann - Operations Manager at Technotrix, University Park, IL, USA
  • Elliott Little - Head of Lighting at ECTO Productions, Elmhurst, IL, USA
  • Stavros Hatzipantelis - Owner at Pro Light & Sound, Bentleigh East, AUS
  • Chris Gangi - Band Leader for Cornmeal (Chicago, IL, USA)
  • Mike Armintrout - Promoter at Canopy Club, Urbana, IL, USA
  • Shelley Goldwater - Executive Director at Camp Tavor, Three Rivers, MI, USA
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Benjamin BIGS,
Jun 19, 2014, 11:27 PM