STAN KAYE heads the graduate Lighting Design program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Professor Kaye’s background stretches over thirty eight years of experience in both academia and the lighting industry. The relationship between a strong commitment to teaching and ongoing activity in the profession is a cornerstone of his teaching style. Born in Brooklyn, his informal training in lighting design was the result of years of professional free-lance exposure to the finest practitioners of stage lighting in New York City. He has held positions and worked on projects at Production Arts Lighting (now PRG), The Joyce Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, The Acting Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery where he was a research fellow for 2015-16.
He holds the following degrees: The AA from Kingsborough Community College (City University of New York), the BFA from Brooklyn College, (CUNY) and the MFA from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Since 1989 he has taught at Bucknell University, Northeastern University, and The University of Nebraska. In the Fall of 1999 he joined the faculty of the University of Florida. Professor Kaye is a member of United Scenic Artists-829, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineers Society of North America (IESNA) and the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLD) based in Europe.
His design credits include over 150 productions including dramas, musicals, industrials, architecture, and special events in both professional and academic domains. He has won numerous awards for his design work over the last 39 years, including a Po’o-kela award (the Hawaiian Tony) and several KC-ACTF awards. In Fall of 2015 while on research sabbatical he worked with the Smithsonian’s lighting design department to relight David Hockney's groundbreaking piece Snails Space: Painting as Performance with Vari-lites the first work of art illuminated with automated color changing lighting. Kaye and Scott Rosenfeld engaged in a yearlong study of the art and designed a LED based system that replaced the 20 year old Varilite system. The Smithsonian choose to fund the redesign and is now in operation at American Art in Washington DC. See link: http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=71863Links to an external site. Kaye also assisted Rosenfeld on the lighting of the opening show at the Renwick Gallery titled Wonder in Fall 2015. See Link: https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/wonder/Links to an external site..
Many of Kaye's students have a strong history at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, recent students have worked as Assistant LD's and as LD's on Broadway shows. Kaye set up and secured a formal apprenticeship program at the Asolo (LORT) regional theatre in Sarasota. At the Asolo students work side by side with professional freelance designers and build relationships that bridge them into the professional theatre in NYC and other major markets around the nation. Florida students dominate at the Lighting Dimensions International conference and trade show each year, in fact our alumni have run the internship program there making direct connections to the industry along with the most active design and technology professionals in the entertainment industry.
Back in 2002 Professor Kaye, in partnership with Professor Martin Gold (School of Architecture), received a grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education to create a curriculum that synthesizes theatrical and architectural lighting design. Recent guests in this special program have included James Turrell, Anne Millitello, Paul Gallo and Heather Carson among others. This Bi-annuall team-taught class is offered to graduate theatrical lighting designers and graduate architecture students in alternating years.
He writes for industry trade publications and is often quoted in articles related to lighting design education. Including Live Design, LD & A. He works as a guest artist nationally and consults.
Professor Kaye is President and founder of SKDesign and Consulting LLC, a theatre design consultancy working in the Southeast United States.
Professor Kaye founded the international podcast known as LIGHT TALK with the Lumern Brothers with his colleagues David Jacques (UC Long Beach) and Steve Woods (Southern Methodist University) Ligh Talk began in 2017 and has been downloaded over 150,000 times across 120 foreign nations. The podcast has be called the "new voice of the industry" Light Talk is published weekly and is self produced. LIGHT TALK is non-profit endeveour and curenlty does not take any comerical sponsors. Currently there are over 150 episodes and may be found on iTunes, Googleplay and Sticher and Iheart radio. LIGHT TALK also interviews leaders in the profession in a informal and engaging way. Over 12 interviews are schedueled for 2019-20 The podcast maintians a website at www.lightalk.orgLinks to an external site..
In Summer 2018 Kaye was a Keynote speaker at Electronic Theatre Controls International Workshop in Madison Wisconsin where he and the Lumen Brothers interviewed CEO and founder of ETC Fred Foster. Kaye and the Lumen Brothers gave a master class in lighting design to participants from over 40 countries. LIGHT TALK continues to attract listeners, with a facebook group with over 1,200 members worldwide who pose questions and topics for upcoming shows. Some lighting educators around the world include the Light Talk podcast as required listening for their students. The show is entertaining and educational.
Recent work includes an IRB research study for Gresham Smitth Architecture (https://www.greshamsmith.com) and the Tallahasee Memorial Hospital foudation on environmental health factors in intensive care units. Kaye is taking objective light measurements of lux, spectrum, CRI. TM-30 values and melanopic lux readings as it's related to pateint recovery and staff turnover and burn-out. Kaye's firm SKD Design and Consulting is lead consultant on three arts venue projects in Florida at the current time, the renovation of the Recital Hall at Santa Fe College with Brame Hecht architects, (https://www.brameheck.com/) the new Fine Arts building for the University of Tampa, including the new recital hall, small black box, and reception stage in the new gallery space and a new multi-purpose set of ballrooms, and galleries for the Sarastoa Jewish Federation with https://www.fleischmangarcia.com/. in 2019 Kaye provided specialty fine art lighting for a private client of extraordinary art collection in Palm Beach Florida.
In 2020 Professor Kaye was awarded the undergraduate mentor of the year award from the University Regional Theatre Association (URTA) in Chicago. In that same year, Kaye was presented with the distinguished alumni award from Brooklyn College of the city university of New York.
Professor Kaye is currently working on a revision of the Theater Television, and Film RP-20 design guidelines for the Illuminating Engineers Society of North America . Kaye was a co-author for this document in 2009 and is now working with his colleagues on the 10 year revision after dramatic changes in the lighting industry.