Awards & Training

Meet this year’s recipients of ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:39

Recipients of LDI Student Sponsorship

In its continuing support of arts education, ETC is once again giving six students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the fields of lighting design and stage technology an exclusive opportunity for professional development. As recipients of ETC’s annual LDI Student Sponsorship, the students will enjoy an all- expenses-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, a full conference pass to experience the newest technology and benefit from LDI seminars and trainings, and the chance to network with professionals throughout the industry at special events. ETC will match the Student Sponsorship recipients with industry luminaries who serve as mentors – giving advice, inspiration and support to the students as they embark on their careers.

Introducing the 2016 ETC LDI Students:

Ben Clark
Currently a graduate student studying technical design and production at the Yale School of Drama, Ben Clark has worked professionally for ten years. This summer, he held an equipment designer position at Theatre Projects.

Wylder Cooper
Finishing up his last year of undergraduate studies at Clemson University, Wylder Cooper is earning a bachelor of arts in production studies in performing arts, with a theatre concentration and lighting emphasis.

Jessica Ann Drayton
Jessica Ann Drayton is a senior at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, working toward a bachelor of fine arts in design and technology, with a concentration in lighting design. She has summer internship experience as an assistant lighting designer at the Cincinnati Opera, an apprentice electrician for the Santa Fe Opera, and an electrician for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Alyssa Glenn
A master of arts candidate, Alyssa Glenn is studying theatre arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned a bachelor of arts at UCSC in 2016, with a major in theatre and a minor in education.

Alex Stevens
Alex Stevens is pursuing a master of fine arts in lighting design at Carnegie Mellon University after completing a bachelor of fine arts in lighting design and production from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

Nils Voerste
Originally from Germany, Nils Voerste is in his final year of the University of South Wales BSc Lighting Design and Technology course. He is taking courses on lighting for event, theatre and architecture.

More information about the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship program can be found at