KIM HANSON Lighting Designer
Kim has been designing lights for the better part of the last four decades. After graduating from Millikin University in 1974 he worked as a designer and electician for many small theatres in the greater Chicago area eventually becoming the Master Electrician and resident designer for The Paramount Arts Center in Aurora Illinois. He met his future wife while doing his first (of a great many) Nutcrackers, this particular one in Woodstock, Illinois.
In 1979 he moved to Brooklyn Heights and spent the next 15 years designing and touring with a great many shows; For Colored Girls…. , Home, Man of LaMancha, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, and many more. Besides taking him to all of the states (except Hawaii, what’s up with that !) these tours also took him to most of the major cities in Canada as well as to Singapore, Kaula Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul, and Tel Aviv. As designer and production manager for four U.S. tours of The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet he also got to visit St. Petersburg Russia. Before moving to Connecticut Kim also provided lighting and production management for a multitude of galas and special events where he designed for artists such as Ray Charles, Barbara Cook, Gregory Hines, Bobby Short, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Robert LaFosse, and Darci Kistler. For the last seven years Kim has been a resident designer for The Waterfront Theatre in Key West and has been designing one or two musicals each year for the last twenty years for Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island. He is also a master electrician for The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Kim has been resident designer for Chen and Dancers, a modern dance company based in NYC’s China Town and he designed four season’s for the New American Ballet Ensemble including the world premiere of Benjamin Harkarvy’s Premonition. He is currently a designer for Ballet Santa Barbara and for Paradise Ballet’s Nutcrakcer Key West. He regularly designs for Main Street Ballet in Connecticut doing their annual Nutcracker and various other story ballets they produce.
Kim enjoys working with students. He and his wife spent six wonderful summers working for an arts camp 100 miles north of Toronto. He also designs The Bridgeport Follies each year , a production that brings together talented high school students from a dozen local towns. He has been the resident lighting designer for Canterbury School in New Milford for the last twelve years and regularly works as a designer for various public and private schools in association with RKE productions.