Elizabeth Crifasi




 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Master of Fine Arts, Theatre: Lighting Design

May 2010

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Master of Arts, Theatre Education

December 2005, with honors

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Bachelor of Arts, Drama

May 2000

Teaching Experience

California State University, Fresno

Associate Professor- Lighting and Sound Design, Stage Management

August 2019-Present

Assistant Professor- Lighting and Sound Design, Stage Management

August 2013- July 2019

Courses: Stage and Television Lighting , Stage and Production Management, Stage and Television Lighting II, Theatre Sound

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Visiting Professor/ Resident Lighting and Sound Designer

August 2011- May 2012

Courses: Sound Design, Principles of Design, Lighting Design, Introduction to Theatre

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Visiting Professor of Lighting and Sound Design

January 2010

Course: Lighting and Sound Design

The Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM

Theatre Instructor and Program Director

August 2004- May 2005

Professional Design Credits

USITT (United States Institute for Technical Theatre)

National Conference

Lighting Designer, Conference Events Main Stage, Louisville, KY, March 2019

Assistant Lighting Designer, Conference Events Main Stage, St. Louis, MO,

            March 2017


Fresno State University Theatre.  Fresno, CA

Lighting Designer:

Fat Pig. (dir. Brad Myers), October 2019

Anon(ymous). (dir. Gina Sandi-Diaz), September 2019

Carmen Jones. (dir. Thomas Ellis), April 2019

Moving Through the Static. (chor. Kenneth Balint), February 2019

The Wolves.  (dir. Kathleen McKinley), September 2018

Epistome.  (chor. Kenneth Balint, Anandha Ray, and Janelle Paris),

February 2018

Native Son. (dir. Thomas Ellis), October 2017

Heathers, the Musical. (dir. Brad Myers), May 2017

Resilience.  (chor. Kenneth Balint, Janelle Paris and Anandha Ray),

February 2017

Passion Play, Parts 1 & 2. (dir. Ruth Griffin), December 2016

Tar Beach. (dir. J. Daniel Herring), November 2016

This is Not the Tony Bennet Concert.  (chor. Kenneth Balint, Ruth Griffin and

Anandha Ray), February 2016

Really, Really (dir. Brad Myers), December 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Kathleen McKinley), November 2015

Energy, Passion, Imagination (chor. Kenneth Balint and Mickey Emmanuel),

February 2015

Othello. (dir. Brad Myers).  May 2014

Absurdist Masterworks. (dir. Ruth Griffin), March 2014

Syntheses.  (chor. Kenneth Balint), February 2014

The First Breeze of Summer (dir. Thomas Ellis). September 2013

Sound Designer:

Lydia.  (dir. Gina Sandi-Diaz), March 2018

Two Gentlemen of Verona.  (dir. Brad Myers), December 2017

A Particle of Dread. (dir. J. Daniel Herring), September 2017

The Great God Pan. (dir. Kathleen McKinley), March 2017

Hands Up. (dir. Thomas Ellis). September 2016

Malpractice. (dir. Ruth Griffin).  March 2016

Yellowman. (dir. Thomas Ellis). September 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Kathleen McKinley), November 2015

Yellowman (dir. Thomas Ellis), September 2015

Water by the Spoonful (dir. Kathleen McKinley), March 2015

Cabaret (dir. J. Daniel Herring), December 2014

Clybourne Park.  (dir. Kathleen McKinley).  December 2013

The Bald Soprano (dir. Ruth Griffin), March 2014

Projection Design:

Blue Willow (dir. J. Daniel Herring), May 2016

Water by the Spoonful (dir. Kathleen McKinley), March 2015

Original Music Compositon:

Quad. (dir. Ruth Griffin), March 2014

StageWorks Fresno. Fresno, CA

Sound Designer:

Tommy (dir. Joel Abels), July 2016


Live Theatre Company.  Fresno, CA

Lighting and Sound Designer:

Venus in Fur (dir. J. Daniel Herring), October 2015

Room to Move Dance.  Atlanta, GA

Lighting Designer and Stage Manager:

Visitation (Chor. Amy Gately and Smruti Patel Jani), June 2015

Lighting Designer:

Southern Grace (Chor. Amy Gately), June 2014

Four Unexpected Dances (chor. Amy Gately), May 2013

AMALGAM (chor. Amy Gately), May 2012

Fabrefaction Theatre Company.  Atlanta, GA

Lighting Designer:

The Aristocats (dir. Christina Hoff), July 2013

Little Women, the Musical (dir. Christina Hoff), November 2012


Theater Emory.  Atlanta, GA

Sound Designer:

Night of the Iguana (dir. Jan Akers), April 2012

The Leiutenant of Inishmore (dir. Donald McManus), October 2011

Lighting Designer:

6×6 (dir. John Ammerman), February 2012

Persuasion (dir. John Ammerman), November 2011


Zoetic Dance Ensemble.  Atlanta, GA

Lighting Designer:

Undone (chor.  Amanda Thompson & Christina Noel Reaves), October 2011

Southern Repertory Theatre.  New Orleans, LA

Lighting Designer:

 Intringulis (dir. David Anzuelo), March 2011

Speech and Debate (dir. Aimee Hayes), August 2008,

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.  New Orleans, LA

Lighting and Sound Designer:

Everlasting Bonfire (dir. Jim Fitzmorris),  June 2010

Sound Designer:

King Lear (dir. Jim Fitzmorris), June 2009

The Comedy of Errors (dir. Lorenzo Gonzales), July 2009

NOLA Project, New Orleans, LA 

Lighting and Sound Designer:

What Has This Thing Appeared Again, Tonight? (dir. Jim Fitzmorris), July 2008

Acco Theatre Center, Acco, Israel

Lighting Designer:

Abraham and Ishmael (dir. Moni Yosef), May 2005-August 2005

Rough Theatre Company, Albuquerque, NM

Sound Designer:

Africa and The Cockroach Entrapment (dir. Jessica Barkl),  July 2006

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA

Assistant Festival Sound Designer, May 2003- August 2003

Professional Lighting Design for the Music Industry


House of Blues, New Orleans, LA

Lighting Director, June 2008-August 2011

Concert design credits at venue include Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Stephen Marley, Derek Trucks, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Iron and Wine, Gavin DeGraw, Cage the Elephant, David Allen Coe, Talib Kwali,  Citizen Cope, Young Jeezy, Saul Williams, Aeiral Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and many more.

The Republic, New Orleans, LA

Lighting Director.  April 2010- July 2011

Concert design credits at venue include Peter Murphy, Concrete Blonde, Julian Casablancas, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Coco Rosie, Beats Antique, Rusko, and many more.

Honda Civic Tour, United States

Lighting Director for New Found Glory, July- September 2010

Essence Festival, New Orleans, LA

Lighting Director for the Lincoln Stage, July 2009

Artists include Raphael Saadiq, Ryan Leslie, Solange and more.

Quickbeam Systems, Inc.  Albuquerque, NM

Lighting Director, April 2004-August 2007

Concert design credits at multiple venues include The New Mexico State Fair, Cyndi Lauper, Steppenwolf, The Temptations, Wynona, Dwight Yokam, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Dave Mason, 38 Special, Morris Day and the Time, The Four Tops, Ben Vereen, Sparx and many more.

Educational and Community Theatre Design

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

LIGHTING DESIGN:  Betty’s Summer Vacation (dir. Ron Gural), To Watch and be Watched: An Original Piece for Dancers and Actors (dir. Gary Gordon), Dog Sees God (dir. Gary Rucker), Cloud Nine (dir. Carl Walker), Thriller/Smells Like Teen Spirit (Dance Piece, chor. Jeffery Gunshol), Young Performers Dance Concert, Environmental Dance Performance (chor. Barbara Hayley)

SOUND DESIGN:  Soul of the City (dir. Buzz Podewell), Tartuffe (dir. Antony Sandoval)

The Vortex Theatre, Albuquerque, NM:

SOUND DESIGN: I Am My Own Wife (dir. Lou Clark)


The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM:

LIGHTING DESIGN: Pale Idiot (dir. Claranne Despain)

SOUND DESIGN: I Sea (dir. Claranne Despain), Pale Idiot (dir. Claranne Despain), Metamorphoses(dir. Denise Schulz)

STAGE MANAGER: Mimi’s Ghost (dir. Reiko Yazzie)

DIRECTOR: Raindrops Keep Falling

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO:


LIGHTING DESIGN: Rats Live on No Evil Star (dir. Megan Milner)

SOUND DESIGN: Roshomon (dir. Clinton Turner Davis), The Brecht Show     (dir. Tom Lindblade), Under Milkwood (dir. Tom Lindblade)

STAGE MANAGER: Little, Different…Better, Dance Workshop 1998 & 1999, Suburbia (dir. Clinton Turner Davis)

DIRECTOR: Last Chance Texaco

Other Professional Production Experience

21 Jump Street (Film), New Orleans, LA

Dimmer Board Operator/ Moving Light Programmer, July 2011

Imagination and Technology, Atlanta, GA

Freelance Ligthing Technician, February 2011- August 2011

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.  New Orleans, LA

Master Electrician, December 2007-August 2008

Premier Global Productions.  Nashville, TN

Lighting Technician and Repairs, 2010

Acted as lighting technician for major tours and events including Voodoo Festival (October 2010), Paramore Honda Civic Tour (July- September 2010), and Essence Festival (July 2010)


RZI Lighting, New Orleans, LA

Freelance Lighting Technician, June 2009- July 2011

Tulane University Theatre Department, New Orleans, LA

Master Electrician, August 2007- December 2009

Southern Repertory Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Master Electrician, February 2008-February 2009

PSAV, New Orleans, LA

Freelance Lighting Programmer, April 2008-June 2009.

Summer Lyric Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Electrics Crew, July 2008

National Performance Network, New Orleans, LA

Freelance Lighting Technician for Guillermo Gomez-Pena, December 2007

Wildfire (Television Series), Albuquerque, NM

Rigging Electrics Crew, January 2007-March 2007

Rough Theatre Company, Albuquerque, NM

Technical Liason for Global Dance performances, February 2006

University of New Mexico Theatre and Dance Department, Albuquerque, NM

Venue Rentals Coordinator, August 2004-May 2005

P.L.A.C.E. Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Downtown Window on the Arts Project Assistant, May 2004-December 2004

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, Palm Springs, CA

Assistant Stage Manager for Wardrobe, September 2002- April 2003

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA

Assistant Festival Sound Designer, May 2003- August 2003

Wardrobe Supervisor, May 2002- August 2002

Conference Presentations

“Toolkit for the Aspiring Master Electrician”

Session Chair, United States Institute of Technical Theatre National Conference.

St. Louis, MO, March 2017

“Collaborating to Coexist: Theatre in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

Presentation, Performing the World Conference

Terrytown, NY, October 2005

Professional Development

United States Institue of Technical Theatre

Co-Vice Commissioner for Mainstage Events, Lighting Commission, 2018-2019

Assistant Lighting Designer for Conference Events Mainstage,  2016-2017


Professional Affiliations

United States Institute of Technical Theatre

Theatre Communications Group


California State University Entertainment Alliance, Grant Recipient, 2016


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