Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow - Lighting Director

PCPA (since 2001): Over 50 PCPA lighting designs including: Beauty and the Beast, The Whipping Man, In The Heights, Shrek the Musical, Cinderella, The Pirates of Penzance, Richard III, Other Desert Cities, Man of La Mancha, Peter and the Starcatcher, Christmas Is Here Again, The San Patricios, Forever Plaid, Mary Poppins, Spring Awakening, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, Always…Patsy Cline, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol, Hairspray, My Fairytale, Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, West Side Story, Invierno, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Spitfire Grill, The Music Man, Les Misérables, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime

Other Theatres: Oklahoma State University, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Grand Theater, The Egyptian Theater, Salt Lake Shakespeare Company, Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Plan B Theater Company

Other: Cornell University, Master Electrician/Lighting Designer

Teaches: Lighting and Electrics

Training: MFA, University of Oklahoma; BA, Muskingum College


Teaching Philosophy

Learn by doing, not just talking about it.

Technical theater is a career where you need to have experience to get experience. Here we give the students opportunities to get their hands on the work and be immediately involved in the process and the productions. Our master/apprentice model is what we live by here at PCPA; it is being fully engaged in the craft as we focus on telling the story while delivering the highest quality productions. Our students benefit from being fully immersed in the shops and the work. As artists it’s our passion to create a story out of thin air, to see the potential in everyday objects and make them magical. I am teaching students not just about how to hang a light, run a lighting console or solder an LED, I’m teaching them a way of looking at the world. What does it take to problem solve, to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and think for ourselves.