Elaine Wong is a Lighting Designer and Head Electrician who developed her professional career in the greater New York City area, but has returned to her home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has most recently ended a 7-year term as a Lighting Supervisor, Adjunct Professor, and Faculty Master Electrician at Montclair State University. She is currently the Resident Lighting Designer with the Thingamajig Theatre Company in Pagosa Springs, CO, as well as with NYC-based Resolve Productions.
Her design work is interested in supporting individual narratives; in highlighting one person’s or one group’s story and celebrating their individualism, while finding touchstones to the universality of human experience. Her most recent design work includes Resolve Productions' Irish Tour of Misterman, in which she had the privilege of designing in several Irish venues from Cork to Donegal. Other credits include: A Grand Night for Singing, Jekyll & Hyde, The Who's Tommy, Ring of Fire, Mamma Mia (Thingamajig Theatre); The American Tradition, Everything is Super Great (New Light Theater Project); box. (box period productions); Tongue of a Bird (Miller-Kaufmann Productions); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mile Square Theater); bt i cd only whisper (The Flea); Hurly Burly, Dividing Lines (Snapped Productions); Tick, Tick ... Boom! (American Theater Group); and Vietnam...Through My Lens (LSNelson Productions).
Elaine earned her BAH in Theatre and Film Studies, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies from McMaster University in 2008, followed by an MFA in Stage Lighting Design from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2012. In addition to several main stage plays, her design career at Mason Gross centered on new works, including Tracing Nora (Peter Handy), Egyptology (Lisa Huberman), and Czech Girls! (Brendon Votipka). This focus has continued in her professional career with bt i cd only whisper (Kristiana Rae Colón), Dividing Lines, After the Circuit (Josh Billig), Vietnam... Through my Lens (Stu Richel), BUBBA (Michael Thomas Walker), box. (Dennis Elkins), The American Tradition (Ray Yamanouchi), Everything is Super Great (Stephen Brown), and the upcoming I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo & Juliet (Andrew Rincón). She aims to use her design aesthetic predicated on colour, contrast, and movement, to provide a foundation for the storytelling and identity of new voices.
In the field of dance, she worked as a Production Intern at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2010, which lead to an internship with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 2012. There she assisted Lighting Supervisor Laura Bickford and Lighting Designer Robert Wierzel during their residency for the premiere of Story/Time. She was excited to accompany BTJ/AZ on their 2012 European Tour as a Lighting Technician. In 2013 she served as the House Electrician for Jones' NJ workshop of Superfly.
You can see Elaine's designs in New York City and in Colorado: I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo & Juliet (New Light Theater Project, Spring 2020 at The Flea); while A Grand Night for Singing (Thingamajig Theatre Company) plays through Winter 2019/2020 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
She is also the owner of a collection of theatrical penguins, nerds, whales, and sundries, whose activities you can observe on Instagram at @laine_wong_and_associates.