Shawn Robinson, aka “Junior”, got hooked on lighting & stagecraft when he put his hands on his first theatrical light at age 14 as a freshman in the high school drama club. Once he discovered he could study technical theatre in college, that was it – his first love and career were all rolled up in one and he has never looked back.
In school, Shawn struggled with math & science. He is eternally grateful to his aunt and uncle, both very accomplished electrical engineers, for tutoring him in math & science almost every Friday night of his high school career. Now he and those around him depend upon his math & science skills to make electrics and rigging operate safely. His own difficulty in math & science has led him to the desire to help young people make their studies more practical and exciting by helping them to understand how math, science, literature and history, coupled with technology, can be applied in the world of theatre, entertainment and special events with amazing artistic results.
For more than twenty years, Shawn has continued to learn new things about the world of technical production and the increasing amount of technology involved in making seemingly impossible events of all shapes and sizes happen time after time. He has accomplished this in the company of an amazing group of colleagues and friends and has happily taught others what he has learned along the way. The love he has for his craft, with support and encouragement of his family, friends, teachers, and colleagues, has made him a person who loves his job, loves learning, and wants to pass this love and knowledge along to future generations.
Shawn has a BFA in Technical Theatre & Design from Montclair State University and is an ETCP (give full name here in parentheses) certified Electrician and Arena Rigger. He specializes in production electrics and rigging; however, depending on the project, he also contributes to other areas of production as: a production manager, technical director, carpenter, draftsman and occasionally designer. He enjoys working on all kinds of projects, but especially likes difficult projects with a lot of moving parts work, such as the David Blaine, “Electrified!” event which had seven midi-controlled Tesla Coils shocking illusionist David Blaine with a million volts for three straight days on a custom-made truss structure, outside on Pier 54 in NYC. Shawn, much to his accountant’s benefit, works for a number of event production companies: CS Lighting, Stargroup Productions, Tinc Productions, Bernhard Link Theatrical, LDJ Productions, Production Glue, Prospect Lighting and Worldstage, just to name a few.
When Shawn is not working, he is involved in his other loves: music, grilling, being outdoors, and, ideally, finding himself in the ocean.