William McLachlan
Design and Production for Entertainment

I have been designing and/or programming theatrical, concert, corporate, film and television productions for the past twenty years. I developed my foundation of experience by serving as Assistant Designer, Lighting Director and/or Automated Lighting Programmer, collaborating with many of our industry's top designers.

I studied Theatrical Scenic and Lighting Design at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona Department of Theatre Arts under Department Chair/Designer William H. Morse III and Professor/Designer Kathleen Waln. One of the most valuable experiences of my design education was presenting my work at the 1990 American College Theatre Festival regional design adjudication, where my design for the musical "Cabaret" was included among the region's finalists.

In 1988 I joined the contract staff at Vari-Lite, Inc. with the opening of their Los Angeles branch office. For over 17 years following I took part in productions world wide, ultimately attaining Senior Programmer/Lighting Director status. In 1996 I was invited to participate in the original draft, specification and development of the Virtuoso™ lighting programming system. I was proud to be part of our industry's acceptance of automated lighting as a key element in the art and science of lighting design for any type of production.

Throughout 1991 and 1992 I was employed as Associate Designer by Imero Fiorentino Associates Inc., based in Los Angeles and New York City. During and since that time, I have contributed my dedication and artistry to many projects, including six Emmy award nominated, one Tony award nominated, and one Academy award winning lighting designs.

I have made a personal contribution to my craft by lecturing at various local universities on designing with automated lighting, and have volunteered my time when possible with not-for-profit regional theatre companies in Los Angeles and New York City.

Below you will find a selection of designs and projects I have been involved in throughout the recent past. For more specific information please contact me directly via email. Please read on or go back to the previous page.


SELECTED LIST OF PROJECTS, 1990 TO PRESENT

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TELEVISION SPECIALS, SERIES, AND LIVE BROADCASTS

The 2009 Screen Actor's Guild Awards

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

NBC's "Amnesia"

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 2008 NAACP Image Awards

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 2008 Screen Actor's Guild Awards

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

FOX's "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?"

     (primetime & syndicated)     
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 2006 ALMA Awards

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

     Lighting Director/Programmer(in rotation).

NBC's "Deal or No Deal"

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 2005 Producer's Guild Awards

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

UPN's "R U The Girl" 2005 Season Finale

     Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer.

American Idol 2003

    Lighting Director/Programmer(in rotation).

BBC's Top Of The Pops (2001/2002 seasons)
     Lighting Designer, US remote performances.

The Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

64th Annual Academy Awards (1)

     Assistant Lighting Designer,
     Projected Graphics Artist.

63rd Annual Academy Awards (1)
     Assistant Lighting Designer,
     Automated Lighting Director.

Comic Relief V (1)
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

Comic Relief VI (1)
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 1999 Miss America Pageant (1)
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The 1992 Miss America Pageant
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

The Whoopi Goldberg Show
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

NBC's Twenty One

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

5th and 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards
     Assistant Lighting Designer,
     Automated Lighting Director.

The Soul Of American Music I and II

     Assistant Lighting Designer,
     Automated Lighting Director.

The 5th Annual Miss Olympia Pageant
     Lighting Designer.

Fox's World's Funniest

     Lighting Director/Programmer.

Fox's Sunday Comics
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

FEATURE FILMS

Memoirs of a Geisha (2)
     Automated Lighting Director,
     Scene: "Sayuri's Debut Performance"

Contact
     Automated Lighting Programmer.

Sister Act II
     Automated Lighting Director.
     Scene: "Opening Musical Performance"

What's Love Got To Do With It
     Automated Lighting Director.
     Scene: "Closing Musical Performance"

Karate Kid III
     Automated Lighting Programmer.

CORPORATE PRODUCTIONS

Rite Aid 2008 General Sessions
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

FOX Television Networks: 2009 Season Debut.
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

ABC Television Networks: 2001 Season Debut.
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

Astra Merck Inc./Astra Inc./Astra Zeneca Inc.:
     1998, 1999, 2000 Annual Meetings.
     Production and Lighting Designer,
     Entertainment Events.

Merck Inc.: 1998 Annual Meeting.
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

BankOne: 1998 Annual Meeting.
     Lighting Designer.

R.P. Rorer Pharmaceuticals:
     ZAGAM product launch.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

Roche Laboratories: POSICOR product launch.
     Lighting Designer.

Brahma/Skol Breweries: 1998 Annual Meeting.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

Merrill-Lynch: Precision Teamwork.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

The 12th Annual Monitor Awards.
     Lighting Designer.

Wang Computers: Salute to Achievers.
     Lighting Designer.

Chrysler Motors Europe: 1996 Product launch.
     Lighting Director.

FACILITIES

The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, (3)
     Master Electrician/Lighting Director,
     2005 concert season.

 

(1)  Project/Designer recieved Emmy Nomination
      for Outstanding Lighting Design.

(2)  Cinematographer recieved 2006 Academy Award
      for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematograpy.

(3) Facility recieved 2006 Pollstar Award
      for Best Small Outdoor Concert Venue in US.

CONCERT TOUR PRODUCTIONS

Saosin: 2007 debut tours.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

A Perfect Circle: Thirteenth Step tour 2003/2004.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

8mm: tours and appearances (ongoing).
     Visual Director and Designer.

Methods of Mayhem: Debut tour 2000.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

Brandy: Never Say Never summer tour 1999.
     Lighting Director.

Meat Beat Manifesto: Actual Sounds & Voices tour 98/99.
     Production and Lighting Designer.

Prodigy & Meat Beat Manifesto: Summer Tour '98.
     Lighting Designer - Meat Beat Manifesto

David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails: Outside Tour.
     Assistant Production Designer and Lighting Director.
     Lighting Designer - Nine Inch Nails and Guest Artists.

Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct 1994/95
     Lighting Director.

KidneyThieves: Debut Tour/Performances '98/99
     Technical Producer/Production Director.

Pantera and White Zombie: 1996 Summer Co-Tour.
     Automated Lighting Director - Pantera.

Prick: Please(Debut tour).
     Lighting Designer.

THEATRICAL & MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS

Thirteen
     Mark Taper Forum, LA
     Lighting Programmer.

Salome, The Reading
     Wadsworth Theater, LA
     Production Electrician/Programmer.

Little Shop Of Horrors
     Virginia Theater, NYC
     Automated Lighting Programmer.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
     2003 Los Angeles Production, Ahmanson Theater, LA.
     Production Electrician/Programmer.

Movin' Out
     Shubert Theater, Chicago, IL.
     Additional programming(pre-broadway).

Disney's The Lion King
     Los Angeles Company, Pantages Theater, LA:

        Additional programming.

     London Company, Lyceum Theater, London:

         Additional programming.

      Hamburg Company, Theater Im Hafen, Hamburg:

         Additional programming.

      New York Company, New Amsterdam Theater, NYC:

         Special Event programming.

Children and Art: Sondheim's 75th
     New Amsterdam Theater, NYC
     Performance benefitting Young Playwrights, Inc.
     Associate Lighting Designer,
     Automated Lighting Programmer.

Funny Girl
     New Amsterdam Theater, NYC
     The Actor's Fund Annual Benefit 2002.
     Automated Lighting Programmer.

OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS, GALLERY PRESENTATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

The Courtesan's Tales - by Nicole Blackman.
     Los Angeles Debut, Platinum Oasis 2001.

     New York Debut, PS122.

     Production and Lighting Designer.

Bloodwork - by Nicole Blackman.

    New York Debut, The Kitchen.
    Production and Lighting Designer.

Art in the Anchorage NYC 1997 - Creative Time, Inc.
     Guest Lighting Designer.

Art in the Anchorage NYC 1998 - Creative Time, Inc.
     Co-Lighting Designer/Consultant.

UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

Crimes Of The Heart
     Lighting Designer.

Covenants
     Lighting Designer.

The Good Person of Setzuan
     Lighting Designer.

Cabaret
     Lighting Designer.

SPECIAL EVENTS (NON-BROADCAST)

2006 Reebok Human Rights Awards
     Lighting Director/Programmer.

2005 Caliber Awards
     Lighting Designer.

16th Annual Producers Guild Awards
     Associate Lighting Designer
     Automated Lighting Director.

2004 Fulfillment Fund Honors
     Automated Lighting Director.

2004 UNICEF Honors
     Automated Lighting Director.


Print, Slide, Tape or Disc documentation upon request.
Member, IATSE Associated Crafts and Technicians 1993 - 2002.

Member, IATSE Local #33, 2002 - present.
Member, IATSE Local #728, 2005 - present.

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