James Moody

MoodyStudio City, California

Inducted as a Fellow: 1997

Your earliest memories of the institute?

I joined as a graduate student at UCLA in 1970

Your favorite USITT memory?

The great friendships with members of the institute-- especially the other fellows

Career Highlights:

  • 300 theatre projects as lighting designer
  • 1800 hours of TV including Director of Photography at Entertainment Tonight, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy
  • 12 years on the road as lighting director for concert artists such as John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, and The Eagles
  • Fellow of USITT and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Short list of USITT involvement:

  • Lighting Commission Chair
  • Board Member
  • Publications Committee Member

USITT member who have made a difference to you:

  • Steve Shelley    
  • Will Bellman

About being a Fellow?

It will always stand out as a highlight of my career.

What does USITT means to you personally?

Meeting industry notables and discussing our industry one-on-one.

Your publications:

  • The Business of Theatrical Design (2 editions)
  • Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art and Business  (4 editions)

Books you recommend about the field?

  • The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Tool Kit  by Anne E. McMills
  • Lighting and the Design Idea by Linda Essig
  • Scene Design and Stage Lighting by R. Craig Wolf and Dick Block
  • Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art and Business by James Moody


Lighting, of course.

Contact:  JamesMoodyLD@gmail.com