Porter Hall 111B
Lighting and sound design, technical direction, production management, and color theory
Jonathan D. Hicks is a lighting designer and technical director residing in Santa Barbara, CA. He oversees the theatre design and technology program at Westmont College. Areas of expertise include lighting & sound design, technical direction, production management and color theory. Jonathan is an active member of IATSE Local 442. He is currently the Locals Secretary and on the Board of Trustees. He is a regular member of the unions collective bargaining agreement committees and the Electrics Department Head at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Between 2014 to 2019, he regularly designed lights with the Lit Moon Theatre Company. During the summers of 2015 to 2017, Jonathan traveled with the Lit Moon Theatre Company to present Hamlet, Julius Caesar & Richard III, as well as a series of staged sonnets at the Bitola Theatre Festival in Macedonia as the lighting designer. In 2015, as part of the larger “Bit Fest” in Bitola, Jonathan developed the lighting design for Lit Moon’s production of The Cherry Orchard. This adventure was part of a two-year project in conducting research about different approaches to lighting design in Macedonia. In the fall of 2016, Hamlet & Julius Caesar productions were remounted as part of the 2016 Shakespeare@400 festival in Santa Barbara.
In 2013, he did the production design for a Youth for Christ film entitled, The Gift of Hope. His favorite theatre credits include A Doll House, Pirates of Penzance, Reckless, Urinetown: The Musical, the world premiere of Night on the Galactic Railroad, Spring Awakening, Anon(ymous), and The Clouds. His assistant lighting design credits include The 39 Steps, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Othello, and The Sonia Delaunay: Art & Fashion exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with the Luce Group.
MFA, Lighting Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, Theatre Arts, Westmont College