J.D. is an interdisciplinary designer and technician for the stage and screen. He is a rising senior pursuing a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, studying Lighting Design and Sound Design. Originally from San Diego, CA, he is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA to pursue his degree.
From a young age, J.D. has always been inspired by the transformative power of technology as a means for storytelling and creativity. Motivated by this inspiration, he has worked in lighting, video, and sound design for the stage, live & pre-recorded audio/video production, 3D modeling & animation, and digital photography.
J.D. has enjoyed the opportunity to engage with his campus beyond his studies as a photographer for with the Carnegie Mellon University Marketing and Communications department and a Lighting Technician for the School of Drama. He is thrilled to have also contributed to the stage productions of many organizations and performing arts groups local to San Diego, as well as to the production of educational video content with affiliates of University of San Diego, San Diego State University, University Physics Inc., and Pearson Education.
J.D. is an avid admirer of storytelling in all forms and loves to consume and discuss film, television, and theatre in his free time, in addition to taking photos of his dog, Coco.
He also co-hosts and produces "What's That Film?," a film discussion podcast with Elinore Tolman.
Lighting Designer: Godspell | Carnegie Mellon University
Lighting Designer: Double Trouble | Bristol Valley Theater
Lighting Designer: Matilda | Forestburgh Playhouse
ETC Fred Foster Mentorship Program Mentee
Cody Renard Richard Scholarship 2023 Recipient