UC College-Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of Steven Piechocki, MFA, to the college’s roster of distinguished performing and media arts faculty members. An accomplished lighting/projection designer and a skilled educator, Piechocki’s appointment as Assistant Professor of Lighting Design and Technology began on Aug. 15, 2020.
As a theatrical lighting and projection designer, Piechocki’s focus is on new technologies and their application for live entertainment. As an educator he is especially interested in projection and digital media production, and the integration of digital video, animation and motion graphics into event design and live performances.
Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, Piechocki taught projection design and lightboard programming at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was also on staff as the Projection and Media Specialist for the Meadows School of the Arts. There he designed projections for theatre and dance including Machinal, As You Like It, Bolero and Rhapsody in Blue (choreographed by Alex Sanchez).
Piechocki has spent six seasons as the master electrician and a lighting/projection designer with the Lyric Repertory Company, a professional summer stock theatre in Logan, Utah. At Lyric Rep he has designed lights and/or projections for Murder for Two, Macbeth, A Raisin in the Sun (directed by Eric Ruffin) and Sense & Sensibility (directed by J.R. Sullivan, adapted by Sullivan and Joseph Hanreddy).
Piechocki received his MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Utah State University, specializing in lighting and projection design. At Utah State he designed lights and projections for multiple shows including Bonnie and Clyde, Emma, Disney’s Tarzan and Ah, Wilderness! (directed by Paul Barnes). While in graduate school, Piechocki was a Regional and National Lighting Design Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Washington, DC, for his design of the musical A Catered Affair. At KCACTF he workshopped under Tony-nominated designer Beverly Emmons and was awarded a Lighting Design Fellowship with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT.
Originally an actor, Piechocki interned with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre after receiving his BFA in Theatre Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University. He then became an early company member for the Texas Repertory Theatre, under the artistic direction of Craig A. Miller in northwest Houston, before shifting his focus to design and technology.
“Steven’s interest and expertise in emerging theatre design technologies will give our students a competitive advantage as they begin their professional careers. As both a designer and an educator, Steven is an ideal successor to our dear colleague Mark Williams, who retired earlier this year,” said Romanstein. “I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our search committee, which was co-chaired by Greg Falcione and Denton Yockey, and included Rebecca Bromels, Susan Felder, Sharon Huizinga and Matthew Tibbs.”
About CCM Lighting Design and Technology
CCM’s Department of Theatre Design and Production (TD&P) offers both a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) and master of fine arts (MFA) with specialization in Lighting Design and Technology, along with many other TD&P degree programs.
The production and the actors are unexpressive unless audiences can see them on stage. Good lighting design goes beyond the need for basic visibility into the realm of shadows, angles and colors as well as the subtleties of timing and rhythm. Lighting designers work closely with stage directors to bring out the intent of the production through mood atmosphere, composition and focus. Technicians must work with the sensitivity of an artist so that onstage dramatic effect and timing are achieved and maintained.
Students in the four-year undergraduate program take studio and production courses in all areas, beginning with introductory and basic courses and progressing to advanced sequences in a major area. Additionally, students study theatre history, script analysis, dramatic literature, English, world history and arts history, as well as other liberal arts and electives. Graduate students follow a similar, more specialized structure in a two-year (or three-year) program. The balance among theater-related, academic and free-elective courses is established by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theater), which has accredited CCM’s programs.
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Featured image at top: New CCM faculty member Steven Piechocki’s projection designs for a past production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.