Michael S. Kraczek is an associate professor in design and technology at Brigham Young University, and a freelance lighting and set designer. His recent design credits include set design for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, lighting designs for Into the Woods, the US premiere of Chariots of Fire and the English language premier of Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy’s The Count of Monte Cristo: A New Musical at BYU. He continues his five plus year collaboration as the lighting designer for Theatre Engine where he has helped develop the new audience participation productions Shark: The Interactive Musical and Dancer Engine that have been performed at Science Gallery Detroit, Georgia State University, Michigan State University, St. Olaf College, BYU, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and other locations in the US and abroad.
Previous to working at BYU in Provo Utah he was the resident lighting designer and programmer at BYU-Idaho where he designed over 100 concert, dance, and special event productions in venues ranging in size from 650 to 15,000 seats. He also worked as a theatre consultant for Harvey Marshall Berling Associates working on the designs for over 25 theatre facilities. Other theatre experience includes teaching high school theatre in Las Vegas and working as a technical director or carpenter on projects such as the world premiere of The Clean House at the Yale Rep and the 2003 Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Michael earned his BA in Theatre Education from Brigham young University and his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale University School of Drama.
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