Michael D. Klima - Lighting Designer

Welcome.  The purpose of this page is to let you know a bit about me and to review my portfolio.
Thanks for coming by.
I am a freelance lighting designer who has lived in Baltimore, MD since 1999 (longer than I have lived anywhere else, making it my new hometown).
Our home is a typical Baltimore rowhouse that was built in 1911, which is in constant need of repair and general maintenance.
I share the home with my wife, and son.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please send an email to:
 Michael (at symbol) MichaelKlima.com

Enough about me, let's look at my work: Productions are followed by the name of the Director and the date of the show.
Clicking on a photo will take you to the page with more photos of my work on that show or with that producing company.
Clicking on a show title will take you to the page for that show

Opera / Operetta Lighting Designs:
Annapolis Opera, Annapolis, MD

  • La Boheme - Braxton Peters    3/14
  • Rigoletto - Braxton Peters    3/13
  • Aida (concert version) - Braxton Peters    10/12
  • Romeo and Juliet - Braxton Peters    5/12
  • The Marriage of Figaro - Braxton Peters    3/11

Opera AACC, Arnold, MD
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors - Douglas Brandt Byerly    12/13
  • La Traviata - James Harp    6/12
  • Naughty Marietta - Jay David Brock    1/12
  • The Mikado - Jennifer Blades    1/11

Syracuse Opera, Syracuse, NY

New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

Young Victorian Theatre Company, Baltimore, MD

Merola Opera Program, San Francisco, CA

Colorado Light Opera, Boulder, CO
  • Pirates of Penzance - Sam Mungo    7/06
  • Iolanthe - Leigh Holman    7/06

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • The Rape of Lucretia - William Gustafson    4/06

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Giulio Cesare - Leon Major    4/05
  • La Boheme - Pat Diamond     4/05

Oberlin College / Instituto Superior de Arte Teatro Colon, Cleveland, OH
  • Dido and Aenis - Jonathon Field    1/04
  • Gianni Schicchi - Jorge De Lassaleta    1/04

Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Eugene Opera, Eugene, OR

  • Tosca - Lorna Haywood    11/01
  • Aida - Garnett Bruce    12/99

Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Chattanooga, TN

Summer Opera Theatre Center, Washington, DC

Opera Illinois, Peoria, IL

Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT

  • Turn of the Screw - Dale Girrard    12/97
  • The Robber Bridegroom - Pamela Hill    11/97

Appalachian Opera Theatre, Boone, NC
  • Elixir of Love - Joseph Amaya    5/91
  • Pirates of Penzance - Joseph Amaya    5/90
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors - Joseph Amaya    11/89

Theatre / Musical Lighting Designs:

Rep Stage, Columbia, MD

Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

  • Jesus Christ Superstar (concert version)- Douglas Brandt Byerly    2/13
  • History of Rock Opera II - Douglas Brandt Byerly    11/10

Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Last Chance: Tales From a Broken Heartland - Trash and Ninjas & Squirrels - Peter Wray;   12/12
  • The Misanthrope - Peter Wray    11/10
  • Antigone - Peter Wray    3/04

East Carolina University / Loessin Summer Theatre, Greenville, NC

Friends of Patterson Park / Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Everyman Theatre, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore, MD
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead - James Kinstle    3/06

Theatre Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

  • Arabian Nights - Suzanne Pratt - 6/08
  • Spinning Into Butter - Suzanne Pratt    2/08   
  • Nickle and Dimed - Suzanne Pratt    12/07
  • Talley’s Folly - Suzanne Pratt    2/07
  • Travesties - Timothy Fowler    6/06
  • What I Did Last Summer - Suzanne Pratt    2/06
  • Royal Family - Suzanne Pratt    5/05
  • Shaw: Four Firsts - Suzanne Pratt    10/04
  • Fallen Angels - Suzanne Pratt    4/04
  • Copenhagen - Suzanne Pratt    2/04
  • Our Town - John Astin    10/03
  • Marvin's Room - Suzanne Pratt    2/03
  • All's Well that Ends Well - Suzanne Pratt    11/02
  • Putting it Together - Todd Pearthree    6/02
  • Laura - Suzanne Pratt    2/02
  • Faith Healer - Suzanne Pratt    2/01
  • A Streetcar Named Desire - Suzanne Pratt    11/00

Johns Hopkins University Theatre, Baltimore, MD

  • Bluff - John Astin    9/04

Ballet Theatre of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

  • Snow White - Victor Velehin    3/03
  • Alice in Wonderland - Gay Porter    3/03
  • The Little Prince - Shari Vegso-Wilson    5/02
  • La Boutique Fantasque - Peter Pawlshyn (after Leonide Massine)    5/02

Axis Theatre, Baltimore, MD
  • Violet - Brain Klaas    9/00

Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Arkansas Rep Theatre, Little Rock, AR
  • Gridiron '94 - Jana Beard    8/94
  • Reckless - Brad Mooy    12/92

Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, TN


M.F.A. - Theatrical Design - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1998

B.A. - Technical Theatre - Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 1992
  • Tartuffe - Teresa Lee    11/91

If you have made it to the bottom of the page, Thanks for looking.  If you have any photographs from shows that I have lit, and would allow me to use them, please drop me a line.
All Images within these pages of MichaelKlima.com are used with permission. Photographs are by Michael D. Klima unless otherwise noted.
The Cripple of Inishmaan Photo by Daniel Ettinger --Antigone Photo by Jay Herzog --The Little Prince Photo by Ballet Theatre of Lancaster --Bluff Photo by Raphael Schweber-Koren -- Cendrillon at NEC Photo by Caleb Wertenbaker --
Il Matrimonio Segreto Photo by Kristen Loken, Courtesy of San Francisco Opera -- Photo of History of Rock Opera II Courtesy of Anne Arundel Community College

All pages within this website are ©MMVIII-MMXIV Michael D. Klima

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