Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Jeff Adelberg

Who are you? Jeff Adelberg

What do you do? Lighting Designer, and I teach at Boston College

Where are you from originally? Washington, DC., and grew up in Maine.

How long have you been working in Boston? Since 2003

Why do you stay? I like it here.  But also, establishing myself as an artist has been exceptionally rewarding, but also the greatest challenge I’ve ever had.  I don’t know if I could start again from scratch somewhere else.  Good thing I like it here, no?

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing my favorite babysitter in Annie when I was three years old.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Helping Darren Evans hang lights for a Zeitgeist Stage show.  I can trace a lot of my career (so far) back to that day.

What was your first job in the theatre? I was a technical intern at the Theatre at Monmouth in Maine for a summer just before college.  I had seen many shows there growing up, so it was very exciting to get to work there.  And 47 dollars a week!

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Neapolitan pizza at Picco is my favorite thing.  Especially if it’s followed with one of their brownie sundaes.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Of course, home-made cookies.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? This survey feels a little actor-centric.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? In Boston, many companies put a disporportionate amount of resources into marketing but not enough in to making great theatre.  If more went into production, wouldn’t the result be a better way to attract audiences?

What kind of theater excites you? Innovative, unusual, weird, funny, disturbing.

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? Be nice.

The Boston Theatre Conference focused on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? This community is capable of making lively & lush local theatre.  How can I help?

YOUR TURN! Write to us here!



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