Monte Cooper is Performing Arts Technician/ Scene Shop Supervisor for the Theatre Academy.
Jim is the Head of the Technical Theatre Program, Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for 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 from PERFORMANCE magazine 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.
Active also in television, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team award. He served for 10 years as Director of Photography on Entertainment Tonight and then switched to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for 12 years. Jim is a member of both USA 829 (Theatrical Lighting Designer) and IA 600 (Director of Photography). He has written two books; The Business of Theatrical Design as well as 3 editions of Concert Lighting; Techniques, Art, and Business. A fourth edition will appear in July of 2016.
In theatre Jim has designed lighting for over 300 productions including a recent production of DOUBT at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company. Jim has also received several theatre design awards including the DramaLogue Award and a Los Angeles Theatre Critics Award.
Recently he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He has also been honored as a Fellow of the Institute.
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.
He has taught as adjunct faculty and appeared at several universities as an Artist-in-Residence including U.S.C., Carnegie-Mellon University, CalARTS, the Hong Kong xxAcademy for Performing Arts, San Diego State University, Pepperdine University, and the University of Colorado. He was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
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 communications watchstander and coxswain on rescue boats.
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Michele Wolfson is Performing Arts Technician/Stage Management Supervisor, Property Supervisor for the Theatre Academy
Vern Yonemure is Performing Arts Technician/Lighting and Sound Supervisor for the Theatre Academy.