KRACZEK, MICHAEL

    Name: Michael Kraczek

    Title: Design/Tech Area Head, TAS Area Head, Associate Professor

    Email: michael_kraczek@byu.edu

    Division: Design/Tech

    Office Hours: F-466 HFAC, by appointment online

    Phone: 801-422-7471

    Education
    BA, Brigham Young University, 1999
    MFA, Yale School of Drama, 2010

    Profile
    Michael Kraczek is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University. Growing up in Northern California, he was active in theatre from a young age. After attending Ricks College, he completed his BA in Theatre Education at Brigham Young University and taught high school theatre in Utah and Nevada.

    He earned his MFA in Technical Design and Production at the Yale School of Drama where, among other credits, he was the technical director for the world premier of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl.  During his time on the East Coast he also worked on the Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors and the first national tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hairspray, as well as other commercial projects.

    Michael also has professional experience as a theater consultant and a lighting designer. Theater consulting projects include The Harlem Stage Gatehouse (New York, NY), Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (Midland, PA), Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center (Greensburg, PA), C.L. Hoover Opera House (Junction City, KS), and 20 other performance venues.

    As a lighting designer for BYU-Idaho he designed lights for over 100 music, dance, theatre and broadcast performances. He worked with artists and presenters including Collin Raye, David Archuleta, Bill Cosby, and a number of LDS General Authorities. He participated actively on the design team for the 15,000 seat BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium and provided the original lighting design.

    In 2012, Michael returned to Brigham Young University to teach design and technology classes in the Theatre Arts Studies program, and mentor student designers.  He currently serves on the board of the Utah Theater Association and is a member of United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT). Most recently he designed lights for the TMA productions of The Count of Monte Cristo, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as continuing his work with the audience interactive performance piece Theatre Engine: FlashMob.

    Courses Taught
    TMA 259 Principles of Design for Stage and Screen
    TMA 364 Lighting Design
    TMA 369 Design Practicum
    TMA 379 Design Seminar
    TMA 479 Advanced Design
    TMA 489 Design for Production

    Curriculum Vitae: Michael Kraczek

    Mary Farahnakian