ETC has selected seven recipients of its annual LDI Student Sponsorship, giving them an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas and a full conference pass.
The students will get to see the latest entertainment technology, have access to LDI seminars and training, and the opportunity to network with industry professionals at special events. Each sponsorship recipient will be matched with a mentor as the students transition from academics into the working world.
The 2017 recipients of the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship are:
K. Jenna Ferree: A graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, K. Jenna Ferree is earning a master of fine arts in lighting design, and holds a bachelor of fine arts in lighting design and technical theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her lighting design credits include The River, Detroit, and The Pillowman.
Tori Mays: Tori Mays is working toward a master of fine arts in lighting design from the University of Arizona, after earning a bachelor of fine arts in theatre design and technology from Rockford University in Illinois in 2016. Her lighting design has been seen on Tigers Be Still and Born Yesterday at the Arizona Repertory Theatre.
Nicholas Palatella: In his final year of undergraduate studies at Ithaca College, Nick Palatella is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts in theatrical production arts with a concentration in lighting design. Shows for which he’s designed the lighting include Cendrillon, Winter Bodies and Bald Soprano at Ithaca College.
Jiajing Qi: One of the international recipients of the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship, Jiajing Qi is originally from China. Currently he’s a graduate lighting design student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as an assistant lighting designer for Little Women and Momentum.
Brandon H. Rosen: A master of fine arts candidate, Brandon Rosen is currently studying theatrical lighting design at the University of California, San Diego. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in theatre design and technology from Texas State University in 2014.
Tim van ‘t Hof: Hailing from the Netherlands, Tim van ‘t Hof is an international ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient. He is pursuing a master of fine arts in lighting design from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In 2014, he earned a bachelor of theatre in technical theatre arts, with a concentration in lighting design, from the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Tim is a resident lighting designer for the Second Avenue Dance Company.
Gifford Williams: Gifford Williams is working towards a master of fine arts in lighting design from Boston University. He holds a bachelor of arts in theatrical design and production from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Gifford’s recent lighting design credits include The Fantasticks at the Stonington Opera House in Maine.