New York City, NY
Jake DeGroot is a freelance lighting designer and activist based in New York City. His activism work began in the fall of 2011 when #OccupyWallStreet took the financial distract of New York City and the world by storm. To this day, Jake remains involvd in the Occupy Movement, working with one of social media teams.
In his theatre work, he brings a theatrical eye, unique passion for visual storytelling, and complete dedication to every project he is a part of. Jake has collaborated with theaters, companies, directors, designers, and artists all over the US and the world. Notable collaborations include work with clients such as Blue Man Group, Time Magazine, Montblanc, and Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as lighting and production companies such as DBR, LLC., Scharff Weisberg, Focus Lighting, BML Blackbird, See Factor, Number Nine, Gray Matter Visual, and A.C.T. Lighting,
Originally from Massachusetts, Jake became heavily involved with the theatre scene in the greater Boston area working with companies such as The Firehouse Theatre, Boston Theatre Works, Gloucester Stage Company, Sleepy Lion Theatre, and many more. He also spent four summers with the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival as a member of the lighting department, including two seasons running the department as the Co-Lighting Supervisor and a Lighting Designer.
Jake works primarily as a Lighting Designer for live theatre, along with work in architectural lighting, television lighting, and specials events lighting. He also works as an Assistant and Associate Designer internationally, regionally, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway for industry-leading designers including Jeff Croiter, Kavin Adams, Peter Kaczorowski, Rui Rita, Hugh Vanstone, David Weiner, and Scott Zielinski. When not designing, Jake works as a programmer and is fluent on most modern lighting consoles. He is also highly skilled in a wide range of entertainment industry technologies and software including 2D/3D drafting, rendering, 3D Pre-Visualization, audio and video editing, and media content development and playback. In fact, he even offers private training sessions for industry professionals looking to brush up on these tools. Outside of the theatre, Jake dabbles in photography (having shot most of the photos you’ll see here) and web design (having designed the site you’ll see them on). Jake is an Associated Artist with Theatre C, a NY-based theatre company focused on creating vibrant thea