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Alan Hanson wins 2013 Student Lighting Design Competition

Posted by Lisa Lance on 5/3/13 11:28 AM

Congratulations to Alan Hanson, winner of the 2013 and Stage Directions Student Lighting Design Competition! Hanson's design for the musical Chess was selected by the judges as the grand prize winner.

Hanson is a Montana native who has spent years traveling and working in the entertainment industry. He's finishing his MFA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Lighting Design. After graduation, he hopes to get a job designing, drafting, and rendering somewhere on the West Coast.

Alan Hanson

In addition to Chess, his design work at CCM has been seen in productions of Don Giovanni, Arcadia, The Threepenny Opera, and Parade. He also designs the annual production of The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota. He has toured nationally with the Montana Repertory Theatre, Chamber Theatre of Boston, Troupe America Inc., and the Moscow Ballet. He has designed productions throughout Montana for companies such as Montana Rep Missoula, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Missoula Children's Theatre, and Fort Peck Summer Theatre.

To see more images from his design of Chess, visit his website:

As the grand prize winner of the competition, Hanson will receive a professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight 2013 with Renderworks software, a personal license of Lightwright 5, a single license of Field Template SoftSymbols V3.5, a copy of Light Plot Deconstructed by Gregg Hillmar, and a copy of Entertainment Design: Scenery, Lighting, and Sound with Vectorworks Spotlight by Kevin Lee Allen.

The Student Lighting Design Competition is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, City Theatrical, and Field Template. This year, the panel of judges included lighting designer, writer, and editor Justin Lang from iSquint; software engineer and lighting design industry expert Kevin Linzey from Nemetschek Vectorworks; author and lighting designer Steve Shelley of Field Template, developer of Soft Symbols; lighting designer, author and Vectorworks expert Gregg Hillmar; lighting designer and developer of Lightwright John McKernon; and artist, author, and scenic and lighting designer Kevin Lee Allen.

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