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 Monte L. Cooper (Performing Arts Technician/Scene Shop Supervisor)

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Oliver! Telluride Repertory Theatre Company

James L. Moody (Head of the Academy's Entertainment Technology Program, Lighting Designer)

 For the past twelve years he has been the Head of Technical Theatre and Design at the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College. Considered one of the founders of concert lighting he received the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1980. Early in his career he moved into Las Vegas venues along with many of his touring artists, even winning the Las Vegas Designer of the Year in 1982 for “Dream Street”, a production show

Besides being active in United Scenic Artists local 829, he has also earned a membership in the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a Director of Photography, local #600 in Hollywood. He is also active in the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the American Society of Lighting Designers and the Television Academy. In television his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team win.  He served for 10 years as Director of Photography on Entertainment Tonight and then switched to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for 12 years. All totaled he has designed 2,518 hours of network television, 5,021 of syndicated television and 550 hours of cable shows and numerous commercials and promos

He has written two books; The Business of Theatrical Design, now in its second edition, and his first, now in its 4th edition, Concert Lighting; The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting as well as over 50 articles.

He was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design from the USITT and the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Lighting Directors. He is a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Jim has designed over 350 stage plays and musicals.

Other lighting design work includes corporate shows, installations, museums, consulting and DVD projects.

             His academic background includes degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in English Education with a Theatre minor and an M.F.A. degree from U.C.L.A. in Theatre Design. Currently he is completing his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

He has taught as adjunct faculty and been at several universities as an Artist-in-Residence including U.S.C., San Diego State University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Colorado.

His business background includes his partnership in Visual Terrain, Inc., Moody Ravitz Lighting Design Inc., and Sundance Lighting Corp.

              For “fun” he is a member of TEAM Coast Guard assigned to Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor about 50 miles north west of Los Angeles where he serves as a Boat Forces Specialist, Communications Watchstander, Coxswain on rescue boats and a Certified Master Instructor serving for over 25 years.   


 Tesshi Nakagawa (Adjunct Assistant Professor)

Michele Wolfson
(Performing Arts Technician/Stage Management Supervisor, Property Supervisor) 

Vern Yonemura
(Performing Arts Technician/Lighting and Sound Supervisor)