I am currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre for Saginaw Valley State University's Department of Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan. At SVSU, I teach classes in technical theatre, design and Introduction to Theatre. I also do the lighting design for the main stage productions, as well as mentor student designers and technicians. I hold an MFA in Theatre Design from the the University of Iowa's Theatre Arts Department with a focus in lighting design. Ian currently a consultant at The Flint School of Performing Arts for the lighting in the MacArthur Recital Hall.
I am currently designing sound for the SVSU production of A Raisin in the Sun and mentoring a student lighting designer. My most lighting design has been for SVSU's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan. Other recent projects include designs for the MFA Summer Dance Concerts at Hollins University and The Washington Ballet @THEARC's Summer Dance Intensive Showcase. I have recently served as the assistant to lighting designer Ted Sullivan for the May Dance Concerts at Juilliard.
I have an extensive dance background and am an active choreographer, dance instructor and arts educator. I hold an MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa and a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. I am currently teaching Children's Modern, Elementary Modern, Creative Movement and Adult Ballet for the Dance Division at The Flint School of Performing Arts. I have also been an instructor and choreographer for the University of Iowa's Youth Ballet. UIYB has collaborated with Ballet Quad Cities for their annual production of The Nutcracker. Click here for the review of the Ballet Quad Cities 2013 production of The Nutcracker at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have also been the Assistant to the Choreographer for the Iowa Partnership in the Arts production of Makeover, directed and choreographed by Nick Demos.