About Me

James Balistreri

I was born, raised, and went to school in Wisconsin. While I started working in the theatre as an actor, I quickly found my calling when I moved to technical theatre. I enjoy both lighting and stage management. I am currently studying to receive my MFA in Lighting Design from UC-Irvine. Thank you for browsing my work and feel free to reach out with any questions!

In my free time, I enjoy football, geocaching, and camping! It is always great to get outside when I'm not at work. 


Honors and Awards:

April, 2019: Departmental Theatre Achievement Award

Given to a graduating senior from the Ripon College Theatre Department based on their achievement during their collegiate career. 

January, 2019: KCACTF Region III National Stage Management Fellow

 Awarded based on my work on "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." I was awarded a trip to the Kennedy Center, where I learned from their technical crew and from tech theatre professionals from across the country. 

April, 2018: Class of 1991 Award

Awarded to a Ripon College junior who has demonstrated academic success, has been highly involved across campus, and shown leadership ability. 

March, 2018: KCACTF Merit Award

Awarded based on my Lighting Design and Stage Management for "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

January, 2018: KCACTF Region III Realized Design Finalist

I was a realized design finalist for my lighting design of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

January, 2018: KCACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition Semifinalist

I advanced to the semifinals of the Irene Ryan Auditions. I was nominated for playing the part of Angelo in "Measure for Measure."

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