ETC's Hollywood-based office has just hired R. Christopher Stokes to serve as its newest field project coordinator. As an FPC, he will help ETC West support the theatrical, rigging, architectural and broadcast markets in the western United States and Canada, including the busy Los Angeles and Las Vegas regions.
Stokes was awarded an MFA in lighting design in 2010 from the California Institute of the Arts in Northridge, after earning a BA in theatre with minors in philosophy and computer science from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2006. He was chosen to be a lighting intern at the Los Angeles Opera, as part of the Wally Russell Lighting Internship program. There, Stokes worked as a second assistant, updating lighting plots, drafting, creating focus charts and doing the tracking for moving lights.
In 2013, Stokes helped open the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a community arts center in Beverly Hills that stages dance, musical and theatrical performances, and worked as the venue's technical director. He also had a hand in opening the Valley Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University, where he served as technical director. His résumé also includes experience teaching introductory lighting and technical theater courses at Bucknell University and CalArts, as well as mentoring high school students with lighting designs and supervising college work-study programs.
For the past several years, Stokes has done freelance lighting design. Recent credits include the Actors' Gang Theatre Company's 2013 tour of
After It Happened
at the Odyssey Theatre,
at the Atwater Village Theatre, and
at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles; Euripides'
at the Getty Villa in Malibu;
at The Grove Theatre Company in Upland, California;
Recycling: Washing Tales
at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and
at the Village Theater in Hollywood. Stokes has also worked as an assistant lighting designer to Tony® Award-winning lighting designer Donald Holder on productions, such as
Spiderman: Turn off the Dark
, the Broadway revival of
at Lincoln Center, and the first and second seasons of the television show