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10 Questions With Josie Zeugin

Our Tech Spotlight is shining bright this week on a member of the St. Louis Community Theater who knows just how important lighting can be to the entire production.  Many thanks to Lighting Designer, Josie Zeugin, for taking time out of her busy life to be a part of our “10 Questions With” segment.

  • What is your name and how old are you?
    • My name is Josie Zeugin and I am 26 years old.
  • What Social Media links do you have?
    • I am not on Social Media.
  • What hobbies do you have other than theater?
    • I love to knit, bake, play volleyball and go camping.
  • What do you do for a living?
    • I am a first grade teacher in Florissant and I privately tutor students after school.  I am blessed to get to work with the middle school in directing their spring musical.  In addition, I also work as lighting designer for Shooting Star Productions and Incarnate Word Academy.
  • How long have you been involved in theater and what’s your technical specialty?
    • I have been working in theatre since I was in the sixth grade and my teacher asked me to be in a musical review and play a VonTrapp.  I began with acting all throughout middle school and high school, but then fell in love with the technical side of theatre in college, where I attended Fontbonne University.  My specialty is lighting design, but directing is a close second.
  • What’s the biggest challenge for tech crews?
    • For lighting design, I would say my biggest challenge is that you have a script you have read and re-read, you have planned, plotted, cued, designed and re-designed your show.  However, you do not really get into the performance space until very close to tech.  When you are in the space,  it needs to be a dark and empty.  So sometimes you don’t really feel like a part of the show or meet new people until it is over.  It is nice for a busy schedule though!
  • What are the top three favorite shows you have worked on?
    • My favorite shows I have ever worked on are:
    • Falling by Deanna Jent – Mustard Seed Theatre Company
    • A Piece of My Heart – Fontbonne University
    • Little Mermaid – Incarnate Word Academy
  • What are the top three shows you would love to be a part of?
    •  I would love to be a part of Next to Normal in anyway, be cast as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and do a 10 years later Alumni reunion of a Piece of My Heart at Fontbonne University.
  • What companies have you worked with?
    • Mustard Seed Theatre Company
    • Shooting Star Productions
    • HotCity Theatre
    • St. Louis Shakespeare
    • FBU Theatre
    • Incarnate Word Academy
    • Sacred Heart Middle School Theatre
    • Hawthorne Players
    • Kirkwood Theatre Guild
    • Alpha Players
  • Award nominations, wins, and other accolades?
    • 2016-2017 AFL BPA Nominee
    • Best Lighting Design in a Children’s Production
    •  Seussical – Shooting Stars Productions.

A few additional things Josie had to share.

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As you can clearly see, this Lighting Designer has the knowledge, passion and experience in the St. Louis Community Theater to be a valuable contributor in many areas.

I asked Josie if she had any closing thoughts, inspiration or advice.  Here is what she had to say:

“Theatre is a world all its own, but it has a home for everyone. I owe everything to what I have learned from working in theatre. The passion and talent in St. Louis theatre is inspiring. I have learned so much, from so many talented people not only about theatre but also how to live, work, and thrive. I encourage anyone, especially my students, to follow their passion and not worry so much about what others think. Go for it, do the thing, fail, fail again, learn, grow, fail another time, be brave.

I do not know what the future will hold. I am in the process of getting my masters in reading. So maybe I will become a Reading Specialist and do theatre in my free time. Maybe I will become a high school theatre teacher. I don’t know. What I do know is, right now I am doing what is right for me and will adjust when the time is right.”

~Josie Zeugin~

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