Name: Michael Kraczek
Title: Design/Tech Area Head, TAS Area Head, Associate Professor
Office: F-466 HFAC
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.
BA, Brigham Young University, 1999
MFA, Yale School of Drama, 2010
- 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