Chris Wood is a freelance designer who has had the pleasure of collaborating with design professionals in a variety of entertainment styles including concert, corporate, theatre, and opera. He recently had the opportunity to design at the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre (UFOMT) and Indiana Festival Theatre. Chris enjoys pulling from these various experiences to create a unique style that is exciting and supportive of the production.

Chris has a passion for designing lighting and sound for new plays and musicals. In August 2013, Chris designed lights for Tuning In, a new musical written by Larry Kass and directed by George Pinney. Additional premiere credits include The Rockae, Charlie’s Wake, The Birds, and Wizard of Wall Street. Chris recently designed sound for a new play called Death By Design: A Comedy With Songs And Murder written by Rob Urbinati. Rob and Chris collaborated extensively to find new ways of incorporating sound to highlight the comedic aspect of the production and to enhance the narrative of a murder pantomime at the end of the first act.

Chris is a visiting professor of lighting design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he enjoys working with graduate and undergraduate students. For two years, he was an Assistant Lighting & Sound professor at Millikin University, and since then has also guest lectured and been an adjunct professor in both Sound and Lighting Design at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He constantly maintains mentorships with students and young professionals, helping them along their creative paths.

In 2015 Chris was honored to receive the LDI/Live Design & USITT Rising Star Award for his body of work. In addition to the Rising Star Award, Chris was also nominated for an OEA in the category of Outstanding Lighting Design for Freakshow. In 2011 Chris was nominated for the USITT Young Designer award. In 2008 Chris was honored to be one of eight student designers selected to take his light design of Our Country’s Good to compete nationally at KC/ACTF.  Chris also was nominated for an OEA in 2008 for the same production. In 2001 Chris won the Meritorious Achievement Award in Sound Design from KC/ACTF Region 5 for his sound design of Lend Me A Tenor.

Email: cwo@illinois.edu