Before joining the TCU faculty as Technical Director, Tristan spent thirteen years at the University of Dallas where he served as the Technical Director and Resident Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Designer. While there he oversaw the technical aspects of over 110 productions. Additionally, he taught courses in Stage and Lighting Design, Stagecraft, Production, and Theater History.
In addition to his academic experience, Tristan is a critically acclaimed regional lighting designer. He has designed regularly for regional theaters in Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, and Shreveport, Louisiana for more than 15 years. His work has been seen on the stages of the Dallas Theater Center, Our Endeavor’s Theater Collective, Classical Acting Company, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theater, Second Thought Theater, River City Repertory, Oklahoma City Repertory, Ewert & Company, Texas Woman’s University, TCU, Theater Three, Martice Enterprises, Permian Playhouse, The Globe of the Great Southwest, Shakespeare Dallas, and Trinity Shakespeare Festival. A multiple recipient of many Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Awards and repeated nominee for the regional Leon Rabin Award, he was also featured in D Magazine as one of DFW’s Best Lighting Designers.
Tristan toured with the Undermain Theater to Macedonia where he was the tour designer for their production of Sarajevo, was the lighting technician for the critically praised independent film sci-fi thriller Radiant, was the first lighting designer for the high-school version of High School Musical which was the subject of a Disney documentary, and special effects designer and craftsman for Ringling Brother’s Zing Zang Zoom kick-off party at Madison Square Garden.
Tristan is particularly interested in the history of stage technology and design. His article “The Myth-Application of Vitruvius’ Echea” was published in the Texas Theatre Journal and he also received the Texas Educational Theater Association’s Debut Scholar Award.