VCUarts Theatre

Michael Jarett

Michael Jarett is the Lighting Designer/Technical Director for the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography.  He received his MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), BA in Theater from the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA), and held the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Internship at Lincoln Center (where he worked with Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet).  Michael has designed for numerous choreographers and dance companies including Adam Barruch, Monica Bill Barnes, Robert Battle, Maria Bauman, Chris Burnside, Myra Daleng, James Hansen, Linda Kent, Stephanie Martinez, Rick McCullough, Shane O’Hara, Cynthia Thompson, Nathan Trice, Anne Van Gelder, Doug Varone, Nicholas Villeneuve, Kate Weare, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Agua Dulce Dance Theatre, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Dance Iauail!, Thang Dao Dance Company, FDANCE, Ground Zero Dance, Starr Foster Dance Project, We Are Artists, and the VON HOWARD PROJECT.  He was the Production/Lighting Director for the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Association Conferences hosted by VCU Dance (2010), James Madison University (2012), and West Virginia University (2016).  For the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, Michael recreated his designs for Christian von Howard’s A Statement About Being (2010), Vincent Thomas’ We Hold These Truths (2012), and Kara Robertson’s Amid (2016).


Michael’s theater resume credits include creating the lighting designs for the World Premieres of The Two Orphans (by Theresa Rebeck); Sex! Drugs! & Ukuleles! (music by ragtime authority Terry Waldo); the U.S. Premiere of Refuge of Lies; the New England Premieres of tick, tick… BOOM! and Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story; and the Mid-Atlantic Premieres of YANK! The WWII Musical, The Boy From Oz, and It Shoulda Been You.  His has received Richmond Theater Critics Circle Nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design for his designs of The Boy From Oz, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical.  His designs have been seen in New York at Theatre Row, Theater for the New City, Dance Theater Workshop, Pregones Theater, the Ailey Citigroup Theater; regionally at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Festival, Brandeis Theater Company, Cadence Theatre Company, Cape Rep Theatre, College of William and Mary, Dogtown Dance Theatre, Emerald City Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, Henley Street Theatre, James Madison University, Mercury Theatre Company, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, Playhouse on Park, Quill Theatre, Richmond Triangle Players, TheatreLAB, the University of Richmond, Virginia Musical Theater, Westminster Canterbury, West End Assembly of God; and internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria.