Area of Study
MFA, Lighting Design
Class of 2021
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: www.MitchellJakubka.com