Andrew Hungerford is fascinated by the creation of theatrical magic in small, intimate performance spaces, the creation of of other worlds for engaged audiences only a few feet away. And he also loves the challenge of generating a similar immediacy for audiences within much larger venues. He believes that, to stay relevant, theatre must create something for audiences that they cannot find elsewhere, and must be committed to the highest standards of quality, no matter how small (or large) the budget.
Andrew holds a B.A. in Theatre and a B.S. in Astrophysics from Michigan State University. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Andrew is also a playwright. In the summer of 2005, he directed his play Between the Water and the Air at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and remounted the show in 2006 Cincinnati Fringe. In 2008, Andrew directed his Sumerian-legend-inspired comedy, Anna the Slut and the (almost) Chosen One, at both the Cincinnati and Edinburgh Fringes. And in 2010, he performed in his critically acclaimed show Of People and Not Things at both the Cincinnati and Edinburgh Fringes. It was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe in 2011.
Andrew's writing and performance experience round out an approach to design that aims to serve the theatrical experience as a whole. If the lighting isn't helping the story be told, for example, he feels that he isn't doing his job.
Andrew was the 2006 recipient of the USITT Lighting Design Award sponsored by Barbizon. His lighting design for the opera Ariodante was included in the 2007 US entry to the Prague Quadrennial. Andrew was a 2009 finalist for the TCG*NEA Career Development Grant for Designers.
Other awards include:
2013: LCT Awards-- Lighting & Scenic Design, When the Rain Stops Falling. Know Theatre 2012: LCT Award--Projection Design, Gruesome Playground Injuries (w/ Doug Borntrager). Know Theatre. 2011: Acclaim Award--Production Design (lighting, scenery, and puppets), The Dragon. Know Theatre. 2010: Wilde Award--Lighting Design, K2. Performance Network Theatre.
Andrew is in his seventh season as scenic and lighting designer at Know Theatre of Cincinnati and fourth season as scenic and lighting designer for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He also spent eight seasons as lighting designer for The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. Other credits include: Portland Stage Company (Portland, ME); Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ); The Flea Theater (New York, NY); The Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena, CA); Stanford Summer Theatre (Palo Alto, CA); Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor, MI); and The Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy).