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Catherine Sipe

JCA Technical Director - JCA Jordan College of the Arts
Catherine Sipe


Lilly Hall room 138-B

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 PlayersTheatre Columbus, OH, with summers spent as Master Electrician at American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. Encouraged by life in the South, she moved to Atlanta, GA 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 as Master Electrician for the Jordan College of the Arts in 2008, working on theatre, dance, and opera productions.  Because of the wide variety of skills Cathy brings to the table, including lighting design, stage management, carpentry, and stitching, a new position was created and in 2018 Cathy became Technical Director for JCA. 

Cathy works with several other companies around town, including Dance Kaleidoscope, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and IATSE Local 30.