Thorn Michaels

                     Lighting Design for the Stage


SELECTED DESIGN                            COMPANY                                                     DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

As You Like It Seattle Shakespeare Company Kelly Kitchens

Balloonacy Seattle Children’s Theatre Rita Giomi

Odyssey Seattle Opera Harry Jamieson

I Do! I Do!                                             Village Theater Mainstage                Michael Arnold

Fire Season                                         Seattle Public Theater                      Kelly Kitchens

Christmastown                                   Seattle Public Theater                        Kelly Kitchens

Jane Eyre                                            Book-It Repertory Theatre                Julie Beckman

O+E                                                     Seattle Opera                                                Kelly Kitchens

Placeholder Harper Joy Theater Renee Archibald

Hand to God                                       Seattle Public Theater                                   Kelly Kitchens

Strictly Seattle 2018                            Velocity Dance @ BPH                                  Company           

...Oscar Wao                                      Book-It Repertory Theatre                            Elise Thoron

Ironbound                                           Seattle Public Theatre                                    Kelly Kitchens

Robin Hood                                        Seattle Opera/Education                                Kelly Kitchens

Onerus                                                Cafe Nordo, Seattle                                        Erin Brindley

The Tender Land                                Seattle Opera at Marrowstone                      Kelly Kitchens

Next Fest 2017                                    Velocity Dance Center                                   Company

Strictly Seattle 2017                            Broadway Performance Hall                          Company

Grounded                                            Seattle Public Theatre                                   Kelly Kitchens

Brooklyn Bridge                                  Seattle Children’s Theatre                             Rita Giomi     

Seattle Festival of Dance Improv       Velocity Dance Center, Seattle                      Company

Bridge Project 2016                            Velocity Dance Center, Seattle                      Company

Thieves and Beggars                         University of Washington, Seattle                  Rachael Lincoln

Next Fest Northwest 2015                  Velocity Dance Center, Seattle                       Company

Made in Seattle                                  Velocity Dance Center, Seattle                        Pendleton House

The Two-Character Play                    Civic Rep at New City Theatre, Seattle           L. Zane Jones

Sandbox Play Festival                       West of Lenin Theatre, Seattle                         Kelly Kitchens, et al.

one shift three                                    University of Washington, Seattle                   Mackenzie Miller

Twelfth Night                                      University of Washington, Seattle                    Leah Adcock-Starr

Cold Empty Terrible                           New Paradise Labs/U. of Washington            Whit McLaughlin

Flood                                                   Death Posture Dance Company, Seattle        Vanessa Skantze

Three Pints of Pinter                           University of Washington, Seattle                   Tamara Fisch

The Rabbi and the Cheerleader       Powerhouse Theatre, Los Angeles                Sandy Wolshin

Intimate Apparel                                 The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                     Andrea Thompson Adam

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens     The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Scott Ferguson

Pump Boys and Dinettes                     The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Cecelia Windgate

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol         The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Michael Gravois

Charlotte’s Web                                  The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Dennis Whitehead

The Retreat from Moscow                   The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Jerry Chipman

Tuesdays With Morrie                          The Circuit Playhouse, Memphis                  Mike Detroit

This Moment: 1-Person Plays             University of Washington, Seattle                  Mark Jenkins 

Loose Change: One Acts                    University of Washington, Seattle                  Company       

Antigone                                              University of Washington, Seattle                  Lydia Fort

Nunsense                                             University of Washington, Seattle                  Nicole Sliers

The Heiress                                         University of Washington, Seattle                  Lydia Fort

Art                                                       The Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle              Sarah Goldblatt                      


ASSISTANT DESIGN                           COMPANY                                                      DESIGNER   

Kids Dance Ballet Tech, NYC Aaron Copp

Matilda Village Theatre Alex Berry

Beatrice and Benedict                        Seattle Opera                                                  Connie Yun

Coriolanus-- Fight Like a Bitch           Rebel Cat/12th Avenue Arts                            Andrew Smith

Andrea Chenier                                   San Francisco Opera                                       Adam Silverman

Dream of the Red Chamber               San Francisco Opera                                       Gary Marder

Don Pasquale                                      San Francisco Opera                                       Duane Schuler

Winter’s Tale                                        Lincoln Center Festival, NYC                           Natasha Katz

Takarazuka Chicago                           Lincoln Center Festival, NYC                           Ken Billington/ Assoc. John Demous

Paradise Interrupted                           Lincoln Center Festival, NYC                           Lea Xiao/ Assoc. Andrew Cissna

Bloomsday                                          ACT, Seattle                                                      Duane Schuler

3 Truths                                                Cornerstone Theatre, Los Angeles                 Geoff Korf

References to Salvador Dali…            University of Washington, Seattle                   Chris Smith

The Marriage of Figaro                      Meany Hall, Seattle                                           Geoff Korf

Fiddler on the Roof                             Playhouse on the Square, Memphis               Travis C. Richardson

Disney’s Aida                                      Playhouse on the Square, Memphis               Travis C. Richardson

Blue/Orange                                        Theatreworks Memphis                                  Mathew Stampe

Execution of Justice                            University of Washington, Seattle                   Ben Zamora

Unfinished Women…                           University of Washington, Seattle                   Christine Hain



POSITION                                             COMPANY                                               PRODUCTION                               SUPERVISOR   

Hemsley Lighting Intern                     New York City Ballet                                 24  ballets,  Winter 2017                Penny Jacobus

Hemsley Lighting Intern                     Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater       22 ballets, Fall 2016                       Albert Crawford

Asst. Lighting Supervisor                    San Francisco Opera                               The Makropulos Case                    Gary Marder


OBSERVING                                       COMPANY                                                         DESIGNER

Newsies                                             The Village Theater, Seattle                              Aaron Copp

Troilus and Cressida                          Shakespeare in the Park, NYC                         Robert Wierzel 

Long Day’s Journey Into Night          Oregon Shakespeare Festival                         James F. Ingalls

Ariadne auf Naxos                             Seattle Opera                                                    Robert Wierzel

L’Amour de Loin                                  Grand Theatre de Quebec                               Kevin Adams 

Nabucco                                              Seattle Opera                                                   Duane Schuler

East of Eden                                        Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago                       David Weiner 

Misery                                                 Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway                        David Weiner 

Rigoletto                                              Metropolitan Opera, NY                                  Kevin Adams



Guest Artist, Whitman College. Walla Walla, WA, 2019.

Guest Lecturer, Drama 101: Intro to Stagecraft, University of Washington, 2018.

Guest Lecturer, Drama 212: Intro to Lighting Design, University of Washington, 2017-2018

Instructor, four sections Drama 212: Intro to Lighting Design, University of Washington, 2009-2010.

Teaching Assistant, Drama 101: Intro to Theatre; University of Memphis, 2006.  

Teaching Assistant, Drama 212: Intro to Lighting Design; University of Washington, 2003.          



2016 Gilbert V. Hemsley Lighting Intern.  

Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, University of Washington; June 2016.

Dual BA degrees in Drama and Creative Writing; Magna Cum Laude, University of Washington: 2005.

Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Best Production, 2018, Winner, Hand to God, Seattle Public Theater (Lighting Designer).

Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Nominee, 2018 (Ironbound, Seattle Public Theater).

Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, Nominee, 2015 (Two-Character Play, Civic Rep).

Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Best Lighting Design, Nominee, 2018 (Hand to God, Seattle Public Theater).

Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Best Lighting Design, Nominee, 2018 (Ironbound, Seattle Public Theater).

John Ashby Conway Memorial Scholarship, Winner, 2015.