Why I chose theatre production:
I have always had a variety of interests, skills, and talents.
Live production allows me to simultaneously be an artist and a
Why I chose Butler University:
Working for Jordan College of the Arts allows me to cross many
lines of discipline, whether it is the theatre/dance/opera lines,
or the lighting/carpentry/production stage manager lines. Every day
is a challenge; every day is something new.
Why I choose to teach:
I have had many great teachers in my career, most of whom were
not in the academic field. I feel lucky to be able to pass on, not
just what I have learned, but also the excitement of learning
tangent to your chosen field, and to encourage the use of that new
knowledge every day.
I am currently lighting designer and master electrician for
Butler Theatre's "Romeo and Juliet," Butler Opera's "The Old Maid
and the Thief," and Butler Dance's "Student Choreography Showcase
2013," and I am technical director for Butler Ballet's "The
Nutcracker." Also this semester I designed and produced
lights for Butler Theatre's Visiting International Theatre Artist
double bill, Tim Hardy's "Galileo" and Alison Skilbeck's "Are There
More of You?" Outside of Butler, I designed lights for Anderson
University's "Little Women."
Cathy Sipe attended University of Akron, where she began touring
as an electrician with Ohio Ballet. She spent several years
alternating ballet tours with local freelancing, most notably with
Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Vincent Lighting. In search of
stability, she became the main stage light board operator at
Players Theatre Columbus, Ohio, with summers spent as Master
Electrician at American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.
Encouraged by life in the South, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to
freelance in all areas of live performance, including conventions,
concerts, theatre, dance, and a ridiculous number of corporate
parties. After moving back north for family reasons, Cathy took an
administrative staff position at IATSE Local 30. Cathy joined the
Butler community in 2008, while continuing her professional work
with Dance Kaleidoscope, 317 Productions, and IATSE Local