Chris Kurszewski

Head of Automation

As a dedicated individual with a rigorous work ethic, Chris has been with Vertigo™ since the fall of 2008, often finding himself in multiple roles.

Before pursuing a career in theatre, Chris served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, which included a tour in Iraq during OIF1. He became involved with theatre in earnest at the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, completing many of the community theatre’s lighting designs and set builds as well as being an active member on their board of directors.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from Northern Michigan University. While attending NMU, he worked on various productions in the university's theatre department, including his roles as Lighting Designer for Closer Than Ever and Sound Designer for Hello Dolly. Chris also worked as an assistant technical director at Main State Musical Theatre for a season of summer stock and as a sound designer at Utah Musical Theatre for one season.

Chris met Tracy Nunnally, owner of Vertigo, while earning his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Technology at Northern Illinois University. Highlights from his NIU credits include several lighting designs including Rabbit Hole and the 2009 Fall Dance Concert as well as his MFA final project: Technical Director for Twelfth Night. In addition to taking care of Vertigo's automation needs, Chris simultaneously works as the Staff Master Electrician and Sound Technician for NIU's School of Theatre & Dance.

Working at Vertigo has given Chris the opportunity to travel around the world, which included a trip to Turkey for the 2011 Winter Universiade, as well as trips to Norway for their productions of Kaptein Sabeltann. He also visits Canada to help out Calgary Stampede’s yearly TransAlta Grandstand Show.