CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Member Spotlight: Michael Maag

sightlines.usitt.org: How did you begin your career in lighting design?

In high school theatre I was not cast my sophomore year in the production of Dracula, so someone said “Why don’t you do some special effects?” and that was the moment where I had an epiphany. I was running an old auto transformer board and pulling bi-levers around and I realized at that moment that when I was moving levers, I really wasn’t controlling the light as much as I was controlling the emotion of the audience. I decided at that moment that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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