John R.  Burgess received his M.F.A., in Lighting Design and Technical Production from the University of Arizona. He has worked at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, the University of California Santa Barbara, and The University of Memphis prior to working at UTC. Additionally, he was employed part-time for 8 years as a Flying Director for Flying by Foy, in Las Vegas (having been instructed by Peter Foy himself). He has worked productions in 26 states and 2 Canadian provinces. While at UTC he has designed lighting and provided technical direction for nearly 50 productions. He is a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 140.