John Huntington (he/him/his) is a Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology, also known as Citytech, which is part of CUNY. Through his company Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an author, entertainment and show control systems consultant, and sound engineer. He is also an award-winning photographer.
Huntington's book Show Networks and Control Systemsis the industry standard. First published as Control Systems for Live Entertainment by Focal Press in 1994, 2nd and 3rd editions were published in 2000 and 2007. In 2012, Huntington started self publishing the book, renamed it, and extensively expanded the networking coverage; he released a second edition in 2017. In 2020, Huntington released a new, smaller, cheaper Introduction to Show Networking book and announced the eventual retirement of the larger Control Systems book.
Mr. Huntington has written more than 40 published articles, one of which--Rethinking Entertainment Technology Education--won USITT's Herbert D. Greggs Merit award in 2004; the 2019 follow-up to this article, Bridging Art and State-Of-The Art, also won the same award. He has sound designed over 20 productions in New York City and regional theatres like Seattle Rep, and has given more than 50 master classes, workshops, presentations, papers, and talks at conferences and trade shows throughout the United States.
In 2005, Mr. Huntington was first appointed by ESTA’s Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) as a "Subject Matter Expert" for the entertainment electrician certification test.
Mr. Huntington taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Drama for 14 years; taught sound design at NYU; worked as a Systems Consultant for George Kindler's show and audio control firm Thoughtful Designs (a PRG company); as sound engineer at the Metropolitan Opera House and for the annual Met Opera/New York Philharmonic summer parks tour; as a systems engineer for Production Arts Lighting; as technical editor for Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines; and his first job out of college was with Bran Ferren's legendary special effects firm Associates and Ferren.
Mr. Huntington studied technical design, production, theatre engineering and sound at the Yale School of Drama (MFA) and Ithaca College (BFA). He lives in New York City and is a member of Local #1 IATSE. Mr. Huntington is also a whitewater and sea kayaker, mountain and road biker, and storm chaser.
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