Jacob joined ETC at the beginning of 2017. A former magazine editor, Jacob is a long veteran of the theatER/theatRE wars and Oxford Comma skirmishes. He trained as an actor in New York, a sound designer in San Francisco, and as a writer everywhere. At ETC he helps with the Architectural; Dimming, Power & Switching; and Networking product lines. Currently splitting time between LA and Las Vegas, Jacob is nevertheless researching the best cheese shops in Wisconsin for his next trip back to HQ.
Kate joined ETC in 2012 after several years spent creating sets, props, and the occasional hack lighting design in the basement theaters of New York City. In addition to writing for ETC, she has worked on numerous in-house design projects, including tradeshow booths and the New York office’s Art Deco lobby. In her free time, Kate practices figure drawing, explores obscure corners of NYC, and pines for mountains.
Katherine joined ETC in 2016 with a background in entertainment technology marketing. Although based out of the London office, she currently resides on the fringe of Sherwood Forest, famous for the legend of Robin Hood. Katherine enjoys traveling, reading, walking, theme parks and live music. She’s also a qualified hypnotherapist – but don’t let that scare you!
Rachel has worked at ETC since 2007. She takes advantage of the limited warm months in Wisconsin by participating in outdoor activities like camping, paddle boarding, and riding waterslides. She has several gardens that she swears she’ll be able to keep up with someday. And she enjoys stretchy things like new socks, yoga, and taffy. She writes a lot, she reads a lot and she plays with her kids a lot.
Quinn joined ETC in 2018 with a background in marketing for K-12 and higher education. Studying English in college and tutoring writing across the curriculum fostered her passion for words and weakness for puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely rewatching The Office or trying a new restaurant. A Wisconsin native, she loves seeing ETC products at work in Madison-area venues she has frequented throughout her life.
David studied theatre and lighting design extensively, but later realized that he really loves the hardware! He started at ETC in 1994 and worked as a sales manager in Los Angeles until 2003 when he moved to Wisconsin to join marketing. In his spare time he has studied yoga extensively, practicing it each day and also teaching classes along the way. He enjoys wilderness canoeing and camping and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.
Opasna joined ETC as a Marketing Communications Specialist in the London office in 2018. Prior to joining the company, she worked in a communications agency in her home town, Manchester. Having a case of the travel bug, she took out some time to explore the world before starting with ETC; a few of her favorite stops include Montenegro and Italy! If she’s not writing, reading or drawing, you will most likely find her dancing, playing some piano or trying out some sort of peculiar new activity (flying planes for example…).
Luke started working in the Technical Services department at ETC’s U.S. headquarters in 1998. In 2003, he relocated to ETC Ltd. in London, where he worked as a field service engineer and salesperson across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa before returning to the U.S. in 2016. He now serves as ETC’s entertainment market manager.
Marshall Bissett grew up in Central Scotland and studied theater direction at the Old Vic Theatre School. He worked on the original productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and toured with such acts as Chicago, Neil Diamond, and The Rolling Stones. In 1983 he founded TMB, a worldwide supplier of lighting equipment. He’s kept his hand in directing, which in retirement now vies for his time along with freelance writing and fly-fishing.
Nick works for ETC in New York City, where he specializes in control, integration, and networking. He designs power and data distribution systems, conducts trainings, and supports user needs for programming and system development. Internally, he writes education content for controls and is a member of the Controls Steering Team. Outside of ETC, Nick freelances as a designer and programmer for theatre, dance, and live events. In his copious free time, Nick likes to make his own wine.
Sam finally joined ETC in 2017, after “dating” the company for a long time as a console trainer. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and done his best to work in theatres with “Royal” in their name, Sam’s love for theatre, technology, and making things often help as he travels western Europe as a field service engineer. He can often be found stooped over a Mac coding something inventive, whilst wishing he took up yoga earlier in his life.
Steve is currently the Director of Standards & Industry Relations at ETC. From 2004-2017 he was ETC’s VP of Research & Development where is led the group that is responsible for global new product development. Steve has had a long history of work in codes and standards. His 15 minutes of fame occurred when he chaired the USITT committee that created the internationally-accepted DMX512 standard in 1986.
As ETC’s resident color specialist, Wendy focuses across product areas on color exploration, research, science, and standards. Before joining ETC, she was the color filter product manager at Rosco, a designer for theater, events, and architectural projects, and an adjunct at NYU. Wendy is pretty sure her obsession with color began when her college professor called the color choices in her first show “safe.”
Catherine joined ETC in the spring of 2023 and is based in the Hong Kong office. She has a background in event and project management, with experience working with internet and electronics companies. Catherine enjoys spending time at home and prefers to do so during the summer. Although her family often pushes her exposure to UV light, such as hiking, running, beach parties, and picnics, she prefers the peace and quiet of her home, surrounded by hydrangeas and a big bowl of ice cream.
Jonathan is a dedicated professional whose heart has been captivated by stage technology since his youth. His initial aspiration was to become a sound engineer, but he discovers later a parallel passion for the realm of marketing. Throughout his professional journey, he remained firmly tethered to these twin passions by working consistently in the fields of marketing and communication for manufacturers of video, audio, and lighting equipment. Jonathan's unwavering commitment to enduring quality and meaningful innovation eventually brought him to ETC France, the French subsidiary of ETC, starting from late 2018, and eventually became a full-fledged member of the ETC family in 2023.
Before joining ETC in 2018, Declan was a freelance lighting, set and projection designer. Declan worked as a designer for theatre, dance, opera and musicals, as well as working in film and television. He also designed numerous architectural projects ranging from hotels to retail and themed environments. Before relocating to the UK in 2009, Declan lived and worked in Johannesburg where he grew up. A passion for rollercoasters, restoring vintage film projectors and making custom cookie cutters keeps him busy when he is not pointing lights at things.