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Catherine Sipe

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


Lilly Hall room 069

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, including theatre/dance/opera lines, and lighting/carpentry/production manager/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:

In the upcoming year I expect to work as master electrician on Butler Theatre’s productions of Glass Menagerie, Love and Information, and The Seagull, for which I will also design lights.  In addition, I will be ME and production manager for two Butler Opera productions, technical director for three mainstage productions for Butler Ballet, PM/LD/stage manager for two Butler Dance student productions, and ME/LD for Butler ArtsFestival 2017.  Outside of Butler, I will be ME and programmer for the Civic Theatre’s Young Adult Program, recreate a portion of Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman event, and take on other freelance opportunities as they arise.

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 in 2008, while continuing her professional work with Dance Kaleidoscope, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and IATSE Local 30.