Who I am


Joe Burke is a Chicago based designer specializing in lighting and projection design for live performance. Since 2005, he has been working in the live entertainment business as a technical, programmer, manager, and designer. As a designer, his work-flow is organic in nature, growing and changing as a facet of the storytelling process. He molds his work to match the desired esthetic of each project working as a open minded collaborator, offering his experience to others and inviting others to influence his artistry. From large productions to small intimate projects each performance has a story to tell.

In addition to designing for live performance, Joe has also consulted on system design and installation as well as animating and creating content for digital signage, and display boards.

Joe's work has been seen with:  A-squared Theatre Workshop, Case Western Reserve University, Chamber Opera Chicago, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Imagine Exhibitions Incorporated, Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, North Park University Opera, Northwestern University, Paramount Theatre, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Theatre Wit!, The House Theatre of Chicago, theMart, The Poetry Foundation, The Yard, Third Coast Percussion, Travesty Dance Group, Broadway Sacramento at Music Circus, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steep Theatre, and Writers' Theatre. 


Projection Design

Projection Mapping

Lighting Design

Content Creation


System Design

Project Management

Video Programming

Light programming




Adobe After Effects

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Indesign

Adobe Illustrator

Dataton Watchout

Troikatronix Isadora



2015 Master of Fine Arts
Illinois Theatre
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

2009 Bachelor of Arts - Theatre Studies
School of Theatre and Dance
Kent State University


2018 Recipient: Joseph Jefferson Award for Projection Design
Elf The Musical @ Paramount Theatre

Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Award for Projection Design
Women Laughing Alone With Salad @ Theater Wit!

2016 Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Award for Projection Design
1984 @ Steppenwolf Theatre Company

2014 Recipient: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival - Region 3
Theatrical Design Excellence in Lighting Design (The Tempest)

2009 Entertainment in the Arts Certificate Program
Automated Lighting

2009 Entertainment in the Arts Certificate Program
Stage Lighting