Ray Oppenheimer

is a San Francisco Bay Area based lighting designer, educator, and creator who has been bringing his boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and sisyphean perseverance to lighting design and education since 2005.  Ray graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in lighting design from San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2017.  He also is an active company member with Mugwumpin and Shotgun Players.  


As a lighting designer, Ray has worked with The Magic Theatre, Mugwumpin, Shotgun Players, Center Rep, New Conservatory Theatre Company, Crowded Fire, Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company, Debutants and Vagabonds, David Herrera’s Dance Company, and Red Rooster.  He created the original lighting designs for the world premieres of A Tale of Autumn by Christopher Chen, Grandeur By Han Ong, Pen Man Ship by Christina Anderson, Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, The Virgin with 10k Arrows by Jason Tremblay, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi, and Blockbuster Season and In Event of Moon Disaster by Mugwumpin.


Ray is currently a lecturer at San Francisco State University.  As such Ray oversaw the restructuring and modernization of the university’s Lightboard Programing class, which he now teaches.  He currently serves on SFSU’s safety committee, and in the past he also served on the hiring committee for the staff props position.  Additionally he, developed and taught classes in theatrical lighting design for Redwood High School as a guest artist.  Ray has worked with the world-renowned SF MOMA and event lighting industry leaders Got Light to create and administer customized training for their employees.


Ray has pursued many avenues of creative expression.  learning new skills and making an ever-expanding menagerie of artifacts. Some of his artifacts include electrified props, hand embroidery, 3D printed objects, woodworking, and metal casting using a lost pla technique.

Portfolio of work
In Event of Moon Disaster
Produced by Mugwumpin
Photos by Battista Remati
World Premiere


Caught
Produced by Shotgun Players
Photos by Pak Han


Powder Her Face
Produced by West Edge Opera



Grandeur
Produced by Magic Theatre
Photos by Jennifer Reilly
World Premiere 



Dogeaters
Produced by Magic Theatre
Photos by Jennifer Reilly



A Tale of Autumn
Produced by Crowded Fire
Photos by Adam Tolbert



Pen Man Ship
Produced by Magic Theatre
Photos by Jennifer Reily



The Coast of Utopia
Produced by Shotgun Players
Photos by Pak Han



Press

"lighting designer Ray Oppenheimer's chimerical play of shadows effectively situates us in the dream world of Andres' death." ~Cate Blouke Austin360.com


"Ray Oppenheimer's lighting design expands the dimensions of the small space" ~David Wiegand The San Francisco Chronicle

"Melpomene Katakalos' attractive Islamic-screened set is seductively lit by Ray Oppenheimer" ~Robert Hurwitt The San Francisco Chronicle


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