Reviews

Whiteout ~ Same Planet Different World~Joanna Rosenthal
–“The brilliant lighting design by Julie Ballard turns the lights on the audience, literally blinding them with shocking white.” ~Vicki Crane, See Chicago Dance 10/13

 

–“Extra sweet deserts were Julie Ballard’s lighting design (especially dynamic in this work, really taking a front and center role), and Petra Bachmaier of LUFTWERK’s video projections.” ~ Jordan Reinwald, The Examiner  10/13

 

Off-Center ~Paige Cunningham Caldarella
“Varied stage and sound designs also honor uniqueness. Julie Ballard’s bold lighting choices and a score that ranges from old Brenda Lee recordings to neo-classical cello to electronic washes sharply define individual sections.” ~ Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune  11/13

 

Putting It Together~ Porchlight Music Theatre~ Brenda Didier
“The lighting design by Julie Ballard is simply beautiful. Ms. Ballard comes from lighting primarily dance productions and the soft hues she uses here only add to the sexiness of the design.” ~ Michael J. Roberts, GoPride.com 9/11

 

The Waking Room ~ Khecari Dance ~ Jonathan Meyer
“Meyer and Ballard have made a piece of dance cinema in the flesh.” ~Zachary Whittenburg, Trailer Pilot 9/9 

 

The Birthday Party ~ Signal Ensemble Theatre~Aaron Snook

-“The claustrophobic basement of the Chopin Theatre has never been put to better use than in Melania Lancy’s crepuscular kitchen with mossy yellow-green walls, set off by the sickish lighting of Julie E. Ballard.” ~ Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune 8/8

-“The production values, always high caliber in a Signal Ensemble show, are evidenced by Melania Lancy’s quaint cottage-like set with Else Hiltner’s costume design together with Julie E. Ballard’s lighting and Anthony Ingram’s sound design.” ~Tom Williams, Chicago Critic 7/8

-“Julie E. Ballard’s lighting is particularly effective at showing the absurdist horror that underlies seemingly innocent situations.” ~Zev Valancy, Centerstage Chicago 8/8

-“The design team – Melania Lacey (set), Julie E. Ballard (lights), Elsa Hiltner (costumes) and sound (Anthony Ingram) – has done impeccable work.” ~Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times 8/8

 

Fool For Love ~ Signal Ensemble Theatre~Ronan Marra
-“Julie E. Ballard’s nimble split-second lighting effects hit every mark mandated by the enigmatic text.” ~ Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Media Group 8/7

-…”Julie E. Ballard’s dusky lighting make it into something intimate, haunting and, most crucially, harder to shake off than other Fools you’ve suffered”. ~Chris Piatt, Time Out Chicago 8/7

 

The Weir ~ Signal Ensemble Theatre~Christopher Prentice

“Melania Lancy’s comfortable and comforting bar, warmly lit by Julie E. Ballard, looks and feels genuine.”~ Babara Vitello, Daily Herald 3/7

 

Hamlet ~ Signal Ensemble Theatre~Ronan Marra
“Melania Lancy’s foreboding castle, gloomily lit by Julie E. Ballard, makes a perfect backdrop, especially its grand staircases which fight choreographer Kevin Asselin uses so effectively in the sweeping swordfight that concludes the play. Laura M. Dana’s regal period costumes also deserve mention.” ~Babara Vitello, Daily Herald 4/7

 

 

 

 

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