Since the pandemic, he has been teaching classes online and advising lighting at Round House Theatre in Bethesda through Zoom. Meanwhile, three shows he had lined up between March and June were canceled, he said.
He said he was excited to receive the award. As a lighting designer, he said his job is to remain unseen to keep the audience engaged in the story.
“[It’s] really nice to be recognized for that,” he said.
Despite his recognition, he said he is concerned about his fellow artists.
“Part of me feels a little guilty that there are so many artists that are out of work,” he said. “I’m fortunate I have another job that allows me to pay my bills, but I don’t know how I feel about trying to share that in a broader sense because there are people without work at all.”
Other Baltimore County recipients are jazz and world musicians The Anansi Trio; classical guitarist Zane Forshee, and woodwind specialist Seth Kibel, who were awarded $2,000 each; violinist Airi Yoshioka, who was awarded $10,000; and choreographer and dancer Allen Chunhui Xing, who was awarded $25,000.