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Trad A Burns 

Trad has been designing scenery and lighting professionally since 1989 for theatre, dance, and amusement parks. Recent credits include Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Little Shop of Horrors for Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, All The Bright Places (World Premier), choreographed by Stephanie Martinez, Love Me Anyway (World Premier), choreographed by Caili Quan, Newton’s Cradle (World Premier), choreographed by Adam Houghland, With Gold (World Premier), choreographed by Nicolo Fonte; Ershter Vals, choreographed by Ma Cong; Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed by Gerry McIntyre; Jump Cut (World Premier) choreographed by Penny Saunders; Remember Our Song, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler; and Pippin, directed by Thomas DelBello. Upcoming designs include Ride the Cyclone for Beck Center for the Arts, Always Patsy Cline for Great Lakes Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Into The Woods and Midsummer Night's Dream for Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre, Sleeping Beauty for Grand Rapids Ballet, and world premier ballets for Marika Brussel, Ma Cong, and Andrea Schermoly.


Trad has had the privilege of designing world premiere ballets for such notable choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Annabelle Lopez Ocha, Matthew Neenan, Adam Hougland, Garrett Smith, Jessica Lang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Kirk Peterson, Donald Byrd, Jodie Gates, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Andrea Schermoly, Jennifer Archibald, Penny Saunders, Stephanie Martinez, Septime Webre, Devon Carney, Victoria Morgan, Robert Curran, and Sarah Slipper. Over the years, his dance lighting has been seen at American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Atlanta Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Ballet X, The Joffrey Ballet, BalletMet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Grand Rapids Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Hubbard Street, and Cincinnati Ballet.


As as theatre designer, Trad’s designs have been see at New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public Theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), North Shore Music Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, Valleyfair, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida and Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.

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