faculty

Jonathan Hicks, M.F.A.

Technical Director
(805) 565-6821

Office Location

Porter Hall 111B

Office Available

By Appointment

Specialization(s)

Technical direction, lighting design, color theory, installation art and performance art.

Biography/Details

Jonathan D. Hicks is a lighting designer and technical director. He currently oversees the theatre design and technology program at Westmont College. Areas of expertise include lighting & sound design, technical direction, color theory and installation art. Jonathan is the Electrics Department Head at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.

He is currently wrapping up a lighting design project with the Lit Moon Theatre Company for their production of A Doll House. In December, he will be designing lights for Lit Moon’s production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol entitled Humbug. 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 new adventure is 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. In 2010, he was the lighting design intern with the Luce Group at the American Alliance of Museums Expo in Los Angeles.

Member of IATSE Local 442

MFA, Lighting Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

BA, Theatre Arts, Westmont College