Don’t adjust your dials…it’s a Thursday BONUS episode with Anne E. McMills, author of the The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit. Anne is west coast based so she and Cory had a cross-continental chat about the new book. She tells us about the inspiration for the book, her favorite parts, and the new things she learned while interviewing dozens of working lighting designers and assistants. Much of the teachings, hints, and insider lingo in her book has never been documented in a textbook, but has only been taught through on the job training. Listen to her talk about the life of a working assistant and then go pick up a copy for yourself. It’s short and sweet so enjoy!
Anne E. McMills’s work as a lighting designer and associate extends across many facets of the lighting world—from theatre, including Broadway and the West End, to television and theme parks to architecture, industrials, concerts, award shows, dance, and opera. Anne has assisted many award-winning Broadway lighting designers, including Ken Billington, Brian MacDevitt, Howell Binkley, Peter Kaczorowski, Jason Lyons, David Lander, Brian Monahan, as well as projections designer Elaine J. McCarthy. Anne has mounted productions in the United States, the UK, Japan, Australia, and Germany.
Anne achieved her BFA degree in Theatre Design: Lighting from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and her MFA degree in Lighting Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While pursuing her thesis research, Anne interned at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in London, England, as well as the Opéra de Lyon in Lyon, France in order to analyze the comparison between American, British, and European lighting design practices and technologies. Currently, Anne is the Head of Lighting Design at San Diego State University and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.