tess james lighting director/design/assciate - resume


Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Lighting Director – Fall 2013-Present

Responsibilities included working with the resident production and design teams as well as the production team of touring venues to advance the shipping of props and scenery as well as the rental and construct of a lighting package that accommodates the fiscal and time limitations and fulfills the artistic intent of the touring production.  Daily duties included managing the load-in, set up and strike of all props, scenery and lighting equipment, and full responsibility for maintaining the overall artistic esthetic as well as acting as the calling Stage Manager for the performance.
New York City Opera                  
Lighting Director – Spring 2009-Spring 2013

Responsibilities include collaborating with designers and other department heads to develop functional and feasible lighting designs for new operas produced in a variety of venues ranging from BAM to New York City Center, El Museo Del Barrio and The Lynch Theatre at John Jay College.  Daily duties included the coordination of rental lighting and projection equipment, the development and management of the departmental budget as well as staffing and managing both union crews.

Production Coordinator - Fall 2008-Spring 2009

Responsibilities included working with a wide range of artistic, administrative staff and rental clients to coordinate the production of a variety of events including live musical concerts, literary readings, film festivals, receptions, lectures, theatrical performances as well as art exhibits and auctions.  Daily duties included the management of I.A.T.S.E. Local 4 stagehands, creating and administrating specific production budgets and acting as the primary contact and Production Manager for the BAM Café Live Concert Series.

Freelance Lighting Design Projects

BAM                                                 Pop Up Magazine                                                                      Spring 2016

BAM                         RadioLoveFest                                     Spring 2016

BAM                         RadioLoveFest                                      Spring 2015

ArtsBrookfield                 The Silent Film Festival                                     Fall 2014
BAM                         RadioLoveFest                                       Spring 2014
ArtsBrookfield                  NY Guitar Festival                                      Fall 2014
Bard SummerScape             10th Anniversary Gala                               Summer 2013
Ecstatic Summer Festival         Room Full of Teeth w/Merrill Garbus                    Summer 2012

Freelance Broadway Associate Lighting Design Projects
Noises Off 
                                       The American Airlines Theatre                        Spring 2016

The Color Purple                               The Bernard B. Jacob's Theatre                                 Fall 2015

The Real Thing                  The American Airlines Theatre                        Fall 2015
                                         The American Airlines Theatre                                             Spring 2014

The Realistic Jones                            The Lyceum Theatre                                                           Spring 2014

Machinal                         The American Airlines Theatre                         Spring 2014                             
Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Louisiana State University received May 2000.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from Louisiana State University received December 1996.

Special Skills
Advanced skill with Windows and Mac operating systems, Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Lightwright, ETC EOS lighting console software, MS Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Photoshop, After Effects and Power Point.


References – Available Upon Request