Alan Tollefson has been Technical Director, Properties Master, Master Carpenter, and Scenic Designer for Sacramento Theater Company and B Street Theater, and Scenic Designer for Vista Players, Synergy Stage,and California Stage, all in Sacramento. He is a multimedia artist who has exhibited new media works at McDonough Museum of Art inYoungstown, Ohio, and at Digital Media Factory and Porter Sesnon Gallery, both in Santa Cruz; sculpture at Artists Space in New York City; and performance art at Lower Links, Randolph Street Gallery, and N.A.M.E Gallery, all in Chicago. Most recently he played the role of an angry audience member in Yvonne Rainer’s ROS/Indexical at Redcat Theater.
A recent transplant from northern California, Alan earned an MFA in digital art and new media at University of California, Santa Cruz and a BFA studying performance art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At UCSC he was Master Carpenter in the Theater Arts Department, where he also taught classes in design, technical theater and drafting; he also taught technical theater at Sacramento City College. In 2007 Alan received a research grant from the History of Art and Visual Culture Department University of California Santa Cruz Presidential Chair Fund to support his graduate research in performative technology; he was also a UCSC Porter Fellows Award recipient.
Alan was nominated for an Elly Award by the Sacramento Area Regional Theater Association for Best Actor and Best Scenic and Lighting Designer, and received an Artists in Education Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was Artist in Residence at Harriet Tubman School, Newark, NJ.