Jim French is a lighting designer working in a broad range of performing arts and live events.
In dance, his credits are highlighted by nine seasons as resident designer for New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Other notable dance credits include pioneering aerial dance group Bandaloop, modern dance stalwarts Joe Goode Performance Group and Rioult Dance NY, and classical ballet’s Twyla Tharp, Amy Seiwert, and Ballet San Jose.
Highlights of Jim’s work in Theater include the Bay Area’s Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, Just Theater, and Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor program; New York’s Playwright’s Horizons and Primary Stages, and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.
Jim has designed lighting for live events and experiential marketing with producers PH Productions, EventQuest, and Ramparts Productions. Clients include: SAP, Ariba, McKesson, Skillsoft, Nespresso, Imprivata, ServiceSource, The New Yorker Festival, and JC Penney.
Jim is lighting supervisor at San Francisco Ballet, a house LD at SF Jazz, and volunteers his design services for Dancers Responding to AIDS, North Beach Citizens, and Bike East Bay.