Charles F. Farrell
Director of University Centers
Associate Director of University Centers
Jason Jon Anderson
Assistant Director of Conferences + Event Production
Conferences, Events and Festivals have the ability to recruit, retain and facilitate the success of the entire campus. More importantly they help to highlight the city/region they serve and to bring additional fiscal resources that otherwise would not be produced to region. It is through the cooperative collaboration of all partners working in concert that allows these events to be unilateral success. This collaborative process, event logistics, unique internship opportunities, marketing outreach, and business growth opportunities for the entire region is what motivates Jason.
Jason received a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design in 2002 and a MFA in Lighting Design in 2005. He has over a decade of professional large event, concert, industrial, conference management experience. This experience ranges from small daily meetings to some of the world's largest music festivals and concerts around the globe.
Jason is directly responsible for the Audio Visual Production Specialists and Event Production Crew, of The University Centers–including Davies Center, Schofield Auditorium, Zorn Arena, Hilltop Center, Crest Wellness Center and other performance venues on and off campus.He is responsible for the development and administration of conferences, camps, field competitions, tournaments, workshops, educational opportunities, campus wide special events, festivals and other large complex events.
Jason is also the final seminar lecturer within Music and Theatre Arts for the Arts Administration Certificate program.
It is my personal belief that lighting design is a synchronized blend of art and technique.By creating situations of awareness to all art forms, instruction then serves to strengthen individual artistic choices.It is therefore important that students be afforded such opportunities for self-innovation and be supported in this process rather than be guided along a prescribed approach. With that in mind, my philosophy on teaching design is to impart these ideals and at the same time, create environments where students discover, experiment with, and experience the qualities that make up light.
For me, light is both ephemeral and ethereal.It allows objects to be seen, to exist, to have color and to disappear.Its presence makes us feel safe and comfortable while its absence removes all sense of hope.It can be measured and quantified but never contained.To understand these principles is easy but it takes an artist to master them.A lighting designer must become an artist if s/he wants to use light as their medium.
Additionally, I believe that the confidence of emerging designers needs to be sustained by increasing their ability to use common sense and good taste.Once this is achieved, students must then find the fortitude to experiment boldly, make artistic statements, and most importantly, enjoy the process.They must also be encouraged to find new inspirations and learn to question form, function and style.Only then can they learn to assimilate and critique all that they see.
Assistant Director for Operations
University Services Associate