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John Kelly lighting.

John Kelly

John Kelly.

John Kelly was born in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to the north side of Chicago early, bringing with him only his support of consistently heartbreaking sports teams. He joined the Strawdog ensemble in 2014. His first Strawdog productions were The Improbable Frequency (2013) where he was the assistant lighting designer for fellow ensemble member Jordan Kardasz. John’s first designs at Strawdog were Great Expectations (2013) and Charles Ives Take Me Home (2014)- still two of his favorite Strawdog productions. Since then John has designed sixteen productions for the dog.

As a freelance lighting designer John has designed and assisted at venues including The Second City, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Goodman Theater, Theatre Wit, The Neofuturists, About Face Theatre Company, Red Twist, Interrobang, Oracle Productions and Chicago Dramatists.

Other than designing, John has also worked as a lighting technician in unique environments. He was the Touring Electrician for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Short Shakes” (2014-2015) and Shakespeare in the Park (2014) tours, the Lighting Supervisor for Chicago Children’s Theatre (2014-2019) and the Electrician Supervisor for Blue Man Group Chicago (2019-2020).

Strawdog Creative Team

The Effect (Season 32)
Lighting Designer

Take Me (Season 31)
Light Design

PIllars of the Community (Season 30)
Light Design

Damascus (Season 30)
Light Design

Distance (Season 29)
Light Design

With Love & A Major Organ (Season 28)
Light Design

The Long Christmas Ride Home (Season 28)
Light Design

Robin Hood & Maid Marian (Season 28)
Light Design

In a Word (Season 28)
Light Design

D.O.A. (Season 28)
Light Design

Great Expectations (Season 27)
Light Design

Great Expectations (Season 26)
Light Design

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Season 27)
Light Design

Quiz Show (Season 27)
Light Design

Conversations on a Homecoming (Season 26)
Master Electrician

Miss Marx, or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Season 26)
Master Electrician

Charles Ives Take Me Home (Season 26)
Light Design

Improbable Frequency (Season 25)
Ass't Light Design

The Four (Season 33)
Lighting Designer