Elaine Wong is a Lighting Designer and Head Stage Electrician who developed her professional career over a decade in the greater New York City area, and is excited to have returned home to 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 NYC-based Resolve Productions, and former Resident Lighting Designer with Thingamajig Theatre Company in Pagosa Springs, CO.
Her design work is interested in supporting individual narratives -- in highlighting one person’s or one group’s story and celebrating their individualism while still finding touchstones to the universality of human experience. Some of her most meaningful design work includes Resolve Productions' Irish Tour of Misterman, in which she had the privilege of bringing an emotional one-man show exploring social isolation and mental health to several Irish venues from Cork to Donegal, as well as New Light Theater Project's The American Tradition and its examination of racism, politics, and the American identity.
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 Egyptology (Lisa Huberman), Tracing Nora (Peter Handy), 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.
Other notable credits include: Jekyll & Hyde, The Who's Tommy, A Grand Night for Singing, West Side Story, God of Carnage (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).
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.
For upcoming designs, Elaine hopes you will be able to experience the premiere of I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo & Juliet (New Light Theater Project) in New York City, whenever this pandemic is over. Until then, please stay safe.
She is also the owner of a collection of theatrical penguins, nerds, forest spirits, whales, and sundries, whose activities you can observe on Instagram at @laine_wong_and_associates.