Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

Cathy Sipe ~ Master Electrician


(317) 940-8275
csipe@butler.edu

 

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 skilled craftsman.

 

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.

 

Current projects:

 

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."

 

Biography:  

 

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 30.