I started in the theatre at 8 years old when big brother let me walk on the yellow brick road and I found that it led to the fascinating world backstage. I studied stage management at the University of Kansas (get it, yellow brick road, heck yeah!) with a focus on lighting. After stage managing for almost 20 years and “fixing” lighting problems for multiple productions it seemed the right choice to do those lights on purpose and with some advance notice. In 200o, I switched my theatre "focus" to lighting design and formed the design firm Light Bastard Amber with Natalie George. Now, I do lighting design with purpose, am crazy busy and am having the time of my life!
I have worked all over Austin as both a stage manager and designer with Teatro Vivo, The Vortex, The Rude Mechanicals, Fusebox Festival, Andrea Ariel, Leticia Rodriguez, Austin Summer Stock, and many others. Some of my favorite designs include: Sweeney Todd and Little Shop of Horrors with Summer Stock Austin; Home Entertainment with Leticia Rodriguez; the B. Iden Payne nominated The North Project with Refraction Arts; No Se Paga and Petra's Pecado with Teatro Vivo; and Io: A Myth About You with Shrewd Productions.