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LIU Post Theatre Lighting Student to be Featured in Newsday for Home Holiday Light Display


Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University

Catalano holiday display lights on houseChristopher Catalano is known for his exceptional lighting on the stage, but now he’s lighting up the holidays in his neighborhood with an intricate display set to music at his home. Catalano, a Theatre Arts student at LIU Post, will be featured in an article in Newsday for his impressive holiday set up.

The holiday lightshow, on display at Catalano’s house in Farmingdale, has drawn attention from the local community and Long Island media. The performance lasts approximately 7 minutes and is on constant loop from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day, set to the tune of several holiday songs which are played on speakers Catalano rigged on the house’s exterior.

Catalano used his lighting technician training as an undergraduate LIU Post theatre arts student to build the intricate setup. “My education here at LIU Post has definitely given me the skills that I have applied towards this Christmas display,” said Catalano. 

Catalano is a senior Theatre Arts BFA student with a concentration in Production & Design in the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance, & Arts Management at LIU Post. This fall, Catalano served as the Lighting Designer for LIU Post’s Kennedy Center award-winning production of “Re-membering Antigone.” The Post Theatre Company’s latest production, “New York New York: Cabaret Revisited,” featured Catalano’s design and earned him a certificate of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Throughout his undergraduate years, Catalano has also garnered real-world experience with various professional stage productions. In the summer of 2011, Catalano worked as a lighting technician at the Woodstock Playhouse, which invited him back as Master Electrician for the 2012 summer season. After completing the 2012 season at the Woodstock Playhouse, Catalano worked on NBC’s Today Show as a lighting technician.

The Newsday article featuring Catalano’s holiday display will be printed in the December 16 issue. To see a video of Catalano’s holiday display, go to

Posted 12/07/2012

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