Mitchell Jakubka

Lighting Designer
Class of 2021

My Bio:

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Mitchell is an MFA Lighting Design candidate and graduate of UC Santa Barbara, who dearly misses Santa Barbara’s beaches!

As a designer, his works in theater, dance, opera, and installation harness the emotional qualities of color and angle, balanced with carefully sculpted shadows, to create subtly impactful and story-telling designs. He is particularly fond of collaborating on new works, and pieces that give a platform to underrepresented voices and stories.

As a lighting historian, he has written two theses chronicling the histories of influential Queer, Female, and BIPOC lighting designers, ranging from Jean Rosenthal to modern-day trailblazers; tracing their careers, techniques, lineages of assistants, and contributions to artistry and diversity in our field.

Mitchell is incredibly grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the 2020 ETC Fred Foster Student Mentorship, a program that pairs up-and-coming lighting students with world-class designers, for an intensive year-long mentorship.

Mitchell is available for design, assistant/associate design, Eos programming, and electrics positions across the United States. Portfolio: