It may not always be as easy to notice as our sets and costumes, but lighting is a huge part of theatre. After all, without lights, our actors would just be groping around in the dark! And we have the Department’s Master Electrician, Christopher Stull ’15, to thank for the lighting of every show that Klein Theatre has seen this year! In addition to being our Master Electrician, he is one of the Technical Directors of the Studio 115 Committee, and light board operator for The Tempest, opening April 11!
The Department of Theatre and Dance asked Christopher
to come in for an interview about the world of stage lighting.
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Christopher: Technical theatre, specifically lighting design.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Christopher: I had a teacher in high school that was very influential, he showed me that courses could be more than regurgitation of information, and that you can be creative.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Christopher: Into The Woods. 462 light cues, give or take, getting to work with [guest lighting designer] Jason Arnold, it was just an incredible experience all around.
T&D:What are your plans after graduation?
Christopher: To pursue design in the DC area, and try and do some touring shows if I can.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Christopher: Buncha Crunch.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Christopher: Probably Metamorphoses, something with a Brechtian style to it; something that challenges the audience and engages them.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Christopher: I’m a musician, I’m learning to play saxophone, guitar, digeridoo, drums, keyboard, and piano. I also enjoy studio painting.
T&D: What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you in the line of duty?
Christopher: I was almost blasted off the top of a ladder. I put my hand on an electrified instrument and it arced between me and the pipe we hang the instruments on. It sent me flying about five feet.