Kascey comes to Charcoalblue with nine years of experience as a theater consultant, previously at DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky. While she has a defined role at Charcoalblue, her past consultancy experience includes design of systems for stage rigging, seating and specialty systems such as orchestra shells, pit lifts and platforms. She also advised on planning and programming for venues.
Kascey’s production work includes lighting design for primarily for live events, dance and broadcast. Additionally, she has experience in stage management and event planning. Kascey served as the Lighting Director for the Arizona Cardinals for 4 years, playing a role in planning and execution of events, media and patron experience for the Cardinals in addition to event production services for State Farm Stadium.
Prior to theatre consulting, Kascey was a field service technician and installer for a theatrical equipment dealer. She frequently draws from this experience coordinating and commissioning systems while creating construction documents.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it? and what would that venue specialize in? Dance, live music, theatre…?
I’d want to call it something like Some Assembly Required and I’d cater to live music, prose and comedy. It would serve as a venue for artists to come test out their material, offering a coffeehouse / co-working vibe during the day with an open mic forum.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
For me, a great performance space should portray the character of its inhabitants and fit the context of its surroundings. It should also allow opportunities for all to experience the space as an amenity and a livelihood.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I was an intern for a summer stock theatre in high school. I felt valuable to the community even though I was young and didn’t have a lot of experience. It was one of the most complete educational opportunities I’ve ever had.
If you could recommend visitors to Phoenix experience one thing, what would it be?
Winter! It’s the only way it makes sense to live here! Also, go for a hike. There are the “big” ones like Camelback and Piestewa, but many of the city parks have respectable views with a variety of trail difficulties.