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Chris Tilton, LC, LEED AP


About The Stage purposefully provides consultation and design services to realize the greatest outcome for our projects and our clients.

Chris Tilton brings more than 25 years of professional experience to each and every one of our clients.  His early experience included exhibit and interactive display design, lighting for all genres of performing arts, lighting and production for industrial and trade shows, and technical direction at a small private university. 


For over eight years, Chris was the Director of Operations for a convention and theatre complex in Davenport, Iowa.  This opportunity provided him with an immersion in facility systems, operations, budgeting, leadership, and client relations.  The experience gained from this role has served Chris well, allowing him to balance design aesthetics with practical and functional requirements of the project owner and end users.  No matter where he is or what he is doing, Chris loves experiencing his surroundings, researching new subjects, and keeping current on the older ones.


Earlier in his career, Chris was active in I.A.T.S.E. Local 085, and was the senior rigger at the TaxSlayer Center (formerly the iWireless Center) in Moline, Illinois.  He has been a house electrician, flyman, rigger, gaffer, grip, carpenter, and audio engineer.


Chris started his planning and specification consulting career in 2006, as an architectural lighting designer with KJWW Engineering Consultants, PC.  While at KJWW, he also applied his theatrical knowledge to the design of stage rigging, lighting controls, acoustical shells, and associated systems.  In 2011, Chris accepted an opportunity with Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) to increase emphasis on theatrical planning and system design in an integrated design setting.  Following the acquisition of WRL in late 2016, he discerned the need to establish About The Stage. 


Chris holds a BA from Virginia Tech in theatre arts with an emphasis in lighting and sound design.  He is an ETCP Certified Rigger-Theatre, and is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP).  Chris is an active professional member of the Entertainment Standards Technical Association (ESTA), including involvement on working groups that maintain ANSI-accredited industry standards.  He is also a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).


Sustainable design is more than a buzz phrase.  It is a real strategy that positively affects the way our built environment can enhance our way of life with minimal impact on our limited earth resources.  In most cases, sustainable strategies that are holistically applied to a project, will result in lower operating and life-cycle costs.  Chris is a LEED Accredited Professional and has participated in many projects that have attained LEED, LEED Silver, and LEED Gold certifications.