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I have over thirty years of creative experience, including lighting, sound and set design.  I am still a performer at heart and my earlier experiences as a theatre person continue to serve me well. I always view each design element as a performer also. I strive for the “magic” in everything I do. Nothing is more personally rewarding than when the "awe" that is created behind the scenes is absorbed as part of the whole and the audience is caught up in the complete experience.  No one part of any production (technical or performing) should be more or less than the "whole" of the complete theatrical experience. 


Technical arts can set the mood, portray an emotion or even direct the audience along a particular path. I strive to bring the audience into the proper frame of mind to become a part of the production, show, or service. Sometimes, it should just take your breath away and all you can say is “wow.” But more often, it shouldn’t call attention to itself, but rather create the proper atmosphere for what is being portrayed.


I am also a technician at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  I am one of the lighting programmers, sound engineer and all around stage tech.


Life of Sutherland

Beginning in 1973, I started learning magic at this very young age.  I was accepted into the Magic Castle at age 11.  (The youngest member to ever be accepted to date.)  I also started all forms of dance to help me move better on and off stage.  I began performing all around the Los Angeles area and throughout the state. I have been a performer, both amateur and professional, as a dancer and singer with Young Americans, 

Starmakers and Pacific Singers.  My performance portfolio includes: 15 TV Shows, Magic related Videos and countless live performances in all different aspects of the performing arena.


My theatrical career began as a performer in 1980 and grew from there. As I performed on various venues, stages and TV shows, I began to realize all the "real work" was behind the lights, sets and microphones and my love of the technical side of performing was born. My design experiences have grown to include theatrical productions, tours, concerts, corporate and industrial presentations, private parties, theme parks, premieres, installations and special events.


As a believer, I feel fortunate to be able to illuminate the word of God in everything I do and live everyday under God's inspiration.  I am based in Southern California, USA and I’m available for work internationally.


I invite you to explore my website.....


S. Gary Sutherland 
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          Taylor Made / Apple Event / Southern California Edison / MMA - Called Out / Various Others


          Holographic (Foil) Screen with AV Concepts


          National Outreach Convention / Greg Laurie TV Broadcast / South Coast Symphony

          Disney / The Mission Inn Gala


          Focus Lighting / The Rock Well Group / Scratch Media / Disney 

          4 Wall Entertainment - LV / A.V. Concepts / Starway Productions

          Systems 2000 / Swank AV/ The Crew Source / Various Others


          The Grove of Anaheim / Redlands Theatre Festival / Crafton Hills College Theatre

          San Bernardino Valley College Theatre / Sturges Center for the Fine Arts

          Citizen Business Bank Arena / Disney’s Grand Ballroom / Various Other Theatres


          Pacific School Of Ballet / Ballet Conservatory / Inland Dance Theatre


          Coast Hills Church / Sea Coast Grace Church / Mount of Olives Church / Compass Bible Church 

          Mariners Church / Lake Hills Church


          Hundreds of shows with lots of different theatre groups around California


          The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas / The Grand Del Mar /  Disney California Adventure / Disneyland  


          Well Done Awards 2007,2009, 2010 / Quidel Awards / Various Awards Shows



          Series 1 / Series 2 / Series 3 & MA Software


          Whole Hog 2 / Whole Hog 3 / Whole Hog 4

     ETC Desks:

          EOS Software / ION Console / Gio Desks


          QuickQ-10 / QuickQ-20




      High End Systems / Vari*Lite / Martin / Color Kinetics Various 

      Conventional and Automated LED fixtures


     Sound Desks:

          Yamaha / MIDAS


          Yahama / Meyer / Q-Sys / Mitri Audio Programing / Allen & Heath / Mackie


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          I.A.T.S.E. Local 504


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S. Gary Sutherland 



San Juan Capistrano, CA
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