The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Troy, NY
Master Electrician / Lighting Supervisor
January 2013 - September 2016

EMPAC Website

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center is where the arts, sciences, and technology meet under one roof and breathe the same air. Four venues enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between our senses, technology, and the worlds we create around us.

During my time on campus, I worked with a team of talented technicians to provide the technical needs required for collaborative residencies and performances with experimental artists from around the globe; we essentially worked as a team of collaborative and innovative problem solvers, taking an artistic idea, and working together to actualize it with the artists. As a part of this team, I was responsible for coordinating all lighting elements for performances, artist residencies, location film shoots, audio recording sessions, live-stream, and live video capture, with artists, producers, internal and external production departments. I was also fortunate to have shaped a sizable purchase of inter-departmental video / film lighting and grip equipment, generated an upgrade plan for obsolete equipment, and organized learning and development program to prepare area technicians for ETCP Certification exam.

My time working with this incredible collaborative team was a high point in my career, and many of the standout projects, along with photos and video, are included in the blog posts below.

text and logo from EMPAC website | photo by Daniel A. Swalec


Some work from my time at EMPAC

Returning to EMPAC after his 2013 multi-venue installation and performance, British artist Mark Fell presents Recursive Frame Analysis , a new work for light, sound, and human movement.
A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music.
Rosa Barba’s two-part EMPAC commission was produced in collaboration with Rensselaer’s Hirsch Observatory, and was presented on four consecutive Saturday evenings throughout March 2015.
On the final evening of Cally Spooner’s EMPAC production residency, in which she will be shooting her new film work And You Were Wonderful, On Stage in Studio 1, the artist invites you to be part of a live studio audience
Almost every object struck, plucked, or blown in Memory Palace, a 22-minute work for amplified percussion and electronics, has to be made by the percussionist.
The Mivos Quartet, one of the most sought-after string quartets in the international new music scene, will be in residence at EMPAC to develop and perform a new work by American composer Eric Wubbels.
Mick Barr presents a solo performance of his electric guitar works.
Already among the most well-known musicians of their generations, Mariel Roberts (cello) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) have quickly developed international reputations for their dedication to the advancement of music.
Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). He is widely known for combining popular music styles such as electronica and techno with more computer-based compositions, with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems
Ben Frost’s music is not just heard; it’s felt

Information on more of my previous work can be found below

Since its inception in the mid 1990’s, Disney’s Broadway musical, The Lion King, has recurred throughout my life. I grew up fascinated with puppets and when Julie Taymor’s production hit theatres during my high-school days, I was enthralled.
The beautiful, historic Geary Theater — rising from the rubble of the catastrophic earthquake and fires of 1906 and immediately hailed as the “perfect playhouse” — was A.C.T's home since the beginning. This 1040 seat theatre would be a source of countless projects during the time I spent in the San Francisco Bay area.

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