DAWN KENSETH

PRODUCTION & HEAD ELECTRICIAN

CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH MY FAIR LADY NATIONAL TOUR

BUT ALWAYS OPEN TO DISCUSSING WHAT'S NEXT...

 
CURRENT & RECENT PROJECTS:
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My Fair Lady

HEAD ELECTRICIAN

2019-2020-2021 National Tour

Troika Entertainment

Lighting Design by Don Holder, ALD: Karen Spahn

Current Position. An 8 truck production of the Lincoln Center show. A fairly typical touring rig of trusses, lighting ladders, rovers & set electrics.  Approx 70 moving lights to focus & maintain, including a larger than average FOH LX hang. We're using City Theatrical's new Multiverse technology to control FOH and set electrics- including the Higgins Study (a variety of sconces), lampposts (LED Tape), and the Pub (LED Birdies). 

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Ogunquit Playhouse - 2021 Summer

HEAD ELECTRICIAN / ELEC DEPT SUPERVISOR

Spamalot, Margaritaville, Mystic Pizza, & Youth Programming

Lighting Design by Rich Latta

For the Summer of 2021, Ogunquit Playhouse built a custom outdoor pavilion space to produce their shows.  The lighting system was entirely rented from PRG rather than using Ogunquit's indoor inventory.  Meanwhile, we continued the Ogunquit's tradition of extensive set electrics - thousands of 12vdc 2811 LED pixel nodes, pucks and tape, sACN on wireless systems, and plenty of other festoons & CO2 and tiny fogger effects.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN

2019-2020 National Tour

WorkLight Productions

Lighting Design by Lee Curran, Associate LD: Ryan O'Gara

Built in Fall of 2019, this tour was a recreation/import of a similar production in the U.K. (and once seen at Chicago Lyric).  Unique technical challenges including installing tourable set electrics into a set we didn't see until the very last minute at tech.  In addition, we used ETC's Dimmer doubling technology to achieve maximum flexibility of the plethora of Source4 Pars.

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Santa Fe Opera - 2019 Summer

MASTER ELECTRICIAN

La Boheme, The Pearl Fishers, Cosi Fan Tutte, Jenufa, The Thirteeth Child & Various Other Events

A member of a lighting team that consisted of lighting director, 3 lighting supervisors, myself, an AME, shop electrician, programmer, video tech & then 8 student/early career apprentices. We had 5 guest designers (1 for each show). Each show had unique needs in regards to set electrics, HMI Rovers, and/or pyrotechnics. All shows ran in full rep, so daily changeovers and focus were a large unique process in this outdoor (with roof) venue.

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White Christmas

PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN

2019 National Tour, Work Light Productions

​Lighting Design by Ken Billington, ALD: Jonathan Spencer. 

 

I've also served as Production Electrician for 2014-2017 National Tours and have toured as the Head Electrician for the '14, '15 & '17 Seasons).  This is a 6 truck production designed to load in in 10 hours.  Due to the seasonal nature of it, the tech-week process is very short, therefore getting the show re-built & on it's way each season requires solid paperwork & plan.  In addition, each season usually has included some small changes (re: changing moving light type, updating set electrics, etc.)  Maybe we'll retire the scrollers someday...

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CATS

PRODUCTION ELECTRICIAN

2019-2020 - National Tour, Troika Entertainment

Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Assoc LD: Craig Stelzenmuller

The New National Tour Based on the 2016 Broadway Revival.  This updated production required combining various set-lx elements from the Broadway show, the old touring production along with new-built items into a new lean touring machine.  This included RGB-pixel mapped festoons, various strobes, RGB custom-built "Cat Eyes", and multiple fog devices.

OTHER PAST PRODUCTIONS:

SOME ADDITIONAL TOURS: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Mamma Mia, American Idiot, In the Heights, Avenue Q.

 

Photo Credits: Matthew Murphy (Jesus Christ Superstar, Color Purple, Aint Too Proud, Cats), Joan Marcus (My Fair Lady), Nile Hawver (Margarittaville), Jeremy Daniel (Something Rotten, White Christmas, Nice Work Tour), Gary Ng (Ogunquit: SNF & MDQ), Bruce Bennett (Mermaid), Carol Rosegg (RENT & Cinderella), Julia Lynn (Porgy & Bess) & Dawn Kenseth,

SKILLS & EDUCATION:
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MEMBERSHIPS & EDUCATION

  • IATSE - ACT Member since '09

  • BFA Theatre Tech/Design (& Minor in Dance), Millikin University (Decatur, IL)

  • OSHA 10/GES (2018)

  • Completed various AWP (Genie) Trainings

  • Heartsaver CPR/AED

  • Various ETC-Branded Courses (Ion Console Training, Networking Fundamentals, DMX Operation/Troubleshooting)

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CONSOLES & SOFTWARE:

  • ETC's EOS Family of Consoles includuing multi-console networks, iRFR, OSC, MSC & SMPTE Show Control.

  • Lightwright 5 & 6

  • Basic Vectorworks & AutoCAD

  • Moving Light Assistant

  • Filemaker Pro

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EXPERIENCED & SKILLED WITH:

  • Moving Light & Scroller Repair

  • Dry Ice & CO2 Effects

  • Wireless DMX Control

  • Creating LED Tape & Set Electric Projects

  • Soldering

  • Followspot Operation

  • Leading crews of all ages & skill levels

  • 4D Truck Pack Tetris (yes 4).

 
 
Some Of My Other Personal Projects:

A) Making Load-out TimeLapses:

 

B) Hobby Photography: Lightning, Landscapes & Stars

 
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3929 S. Read Rd., Janesville, WI 53546

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