December, 2019 Issue

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Theatre Technical Director/ Designer: Georgia State Univ.


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Todd M. Reemtsma Joins Gopher Stage Lighting

ToddTodd M. Reemtsma joins Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. in the newly created role of General Manager. Todd will be working with owners Melanie and Joe Holloway, and the rest of the GSL staff, to establish, improve, and maintain its reputation as a lighting and rigging resource for architectural, entertainment, and theatrical equipment. Todd will look to build upon the company wide commitment to provide customers with reliable equipment and excellent service. As General Manager, Todd will be responsible for the acquisition and installation of products and will direct and coordinate the activities of all personnel.  Todd can be reached in the office at 612-871-0138, by cell at 612-210-4423, or by email at
     Prior to joining Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc., Todd led the Controls Group at JTH Lighting Alliance, a manufacturer’s representative of lighting and lighting controls, for 12 years.  Prior to that, Todd worked for Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), a manufacturer of lighting and lighting controls, for 11 years, most of that time as the Architectural Regional Manager for the East Coast working in the New York Office. Todd has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) since 1999, serves on the IES Control Protocols committee, and is a Board Member and Past President of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Section. Todd is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and a past Chair of the Northern Boundary Section of USITT. Todd received his MFA in Theatre Lighting Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
     Todd lives in St. Paul with his wife, Jennie Ward, sons, Max and Theo, and wheaton terriers, Pippi and Mr. Nilsson. Todd is active in scouting with his sons as a Den Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster, enjoys running the fantastic trails around Minnesota, and still occasionally designs lighting for local theatre productions.
     Gopher Stage Lighting provides lighting and rigging systems for architectural and entertainment installations. Founded in 1958 by 3 Minneapolis IATSE Local 13 stagehands: Joe Bremiester, Sonny Kroen and Larry Gauthier Sr., Gopher Stage Lighting continues today under the ownership of Melanie & Joe Holloway. Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. is a certified DBE/WBE/SBE Minnesota corporation.

Productions Around The Region

University of Minnesota- Duluth, Duluth, MN
UMD Theatre Season 2019-20   

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

ARCC, Coon Rapids, MN
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University of North Dakota Grand Forks

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN    507 933 7590

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance
Mankato, MN

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND    701 231 8725

Winona State University, Winona, MN

St. Mary's University, Winona, MN

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN

University Opera Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Upcoming Productions
Ted Mann Concert Hall