Courtney Gaston

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater

Theater Studios, 113

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BA Centenary College La
MFA University of Iowa

Courtney Gaston

Courtney Gaston is a theatrical lighting and media designer whose research focuses on integrating new technologies into performance. She is the co-head of the Art Department on an ongoing, devised research project titled “Media Clown” which premiered in the Emerging Artist Series at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019. “Media Clown” explores the live interactivity of traditional performance and new technologies through motion capture, space tracking, and live content generation. In the summer of 2021, she continued as the production designer on the second iteration of Media Clown after the project secured funding from Epic Mega Grants. Using Epic Games’ software, Unreal Engine, she created three immersive virtual playing spaces which were used with a live performer and presented in an interactive theatrical experience. She will be mounting the third evolution of Media Clown in the spring of 2022 where she will continue explore the interactivity of digital and analog.

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Spring 2023
THEA 329 - 02
Technical Practice A

THEA 331 - 02
Technical Practice B

THEA 360 - 01
Media for Performance

THEA 434 - 01
Applied Scenography

THEA 437 - 03
Performance Practice Design B

Fall 2023
THEA 305 - 01
Lighting Design

THEA 434 - 01
Applied Scenography