Jerad manages day-to-day operations of our New York studio, while providing high-level design consultancy and project management services with specific emphasis on theatre design, stage engineering, and technical services.
Jerad trained as a Scenery and Lighting Designer, and has a broad range of experience working collaboratively on creative and technical teams across the industry, from opera to musical theatre, and from visual arts installations to live music production.
At Charcoalblue, Jerad oversaw the construction phase of St. Ann’s Warehouse, our first completed North American project. Since then, he’s contributed notably to completed projects such as Broadway’s newest space, The Hudson Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Luminato Festival.
Jerad joined us with ten years of professional experience in the performing arts and construction industry, having worked as a scenery and lighting designer, technical director, scenic painter, rigger, and production manager on a variety of productions and across the performing arts sector. He has designed and managed productions in rotating repertory, world premiere plays in off-off-Broadway theatres, and music-art mashups in world-class international venues.
Notable previous work includes five years spent at the Metropolitan Opera as Technical Project Manager working on many productions including Robert Lepage’s Ring Cycle. He also spent two years at Park Avenue Armory, first as ATD, and then as Technical Director, leading the technical efforts on Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth, and Robert Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.
Jerad has also spent time designing and drafting rigging systems for New York based theatrical services company IWEISS. There, he originated system drafting for dozens of theatres around New York and the country, including the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, a new Broadway space which opened in 2009.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it?
Either the Taco Truck or The Bagel Shop.
…and what would that venue specialize in? Dance, live music, theatre…?
It would be a live music venue - folk, blues, rock, pop, bluegrass.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Intimacy, scale, and a great lobby (with a bar!
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
My mom first started taking me to summer musical productions at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City when I was about 9 years old. She would volunteer as an usher, and I would get to pick out an empty seat as soon as the lights went down.
Wrapped in translucent, veined marble laminated by insulated glass, the building will look like a monolithic box by day and a glowing cube at night.