About

IanG-5 copyI am a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. I am the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), a think tank for sustainability in the arts and culture, and an Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University in Toronto. I am the resident designer for the Indy Convergence, an annual artistic open-space in Indianapolis, and serve as a trustee for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance in the US.

I maintain a design practice focused on live performance and installation which covers lighting, media and scenic design. I’ve designed over 100 shows and received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for best lighting for Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and was the lighting designer for Song of Extinction with Moving Arts, which won the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Award for Production of the Year. I was part of the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival and served as the lighting curator for Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011.

As a producer, I worked on the premier of Richard Foreman and Michael Gordon’s What to Wear at REDCAT and produced the Prague tour for Torry Bend’s puppet adaptation of Aimee Bender’s Loser. I have produced dozens of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including  At Sundown—a devised physical theater piece on aging and memory. I was associate producer on The Medea Project, a cross-cultural production of Medea in Athens and Los Angeles. I am currently developing a multi-site specific piece using the idea of technologically haunted spaces for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe called Transmission.

As partner, and the “G”, in MPG Interactive, I have toured MicePaceMaze with Dave Mickey and David Peterson, an invisible sonic maze system using optical tracking technology, which received three Editor’s Choice awards at Maker Faire.

I write, speak and research sustainability in the arts. In 2013 I served as sustainability programme coordinator for World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales and led the selection committee for the temporary sustainable theatre project built for that event, the Willow Theatre. I have spoken at gatherings hosted by St. Louis University, Live Design International, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), DanceUSA, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Americans for the Arts, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and European Theatre Network MITOS21. In 2007, I received the Richard E. Sherwood Award for emerging theater artists from the Center Theater Group (CTG) for the integration of ecologically sustainable practice into theater production. And, In 2009 and 2010 respectively, I traveled to COP15 in Copenhagen and COP16 in Cancun to document the artistic responses to these global climate talks.

I previously served as the Executive Director of the Fresh Arts Coalition, an arts service organization focused on awareness and marketing in Houston, TX, and as consultant and interim staff for the LA Stage Alliance, a regional arts service organization serving more than 350 non-profit performing arts companies in Southern California. I have also served as group sales associate for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, spent the 2007 Fall/Winter season with DiverseWorks, and was patron services manager for the Will Geer Theatricum Botancium in Topanga, CA. For four years, I taught in the School of Theater at CalArts, including courses on production and management technology and sustainable practice. I also led communications for the School of Theater, developing its web identity and digital infrastructure.

I received dual MFAs in Lighting Design and Producing from CalArts, and have a BA in Architectural Studies and Art History from Rice University.