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Hi my name is Gertjan Houben. My roots are in The Netherlands but I see myself as a citizen of the world.

As a young kid I was already playing with cables, electronics and lights. From the moment I came in touch with the inner workings of the theater in High School I felt right at home. After finishing High School, I successfully enrolled into the Technical Theater Arts program at the Amsterdam Theater School where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in 2000.
Rising quickly through the ranks, I soon found myself among the top moving lights programmers in The Netherlands and had the chance to work on many award shows, concerts, corporate events and theater performances. In this time I had the opportunity to travel all over the world and meet lots of amazing people in the industry.

One long time wish was to deepen my understanding of lighting design academically and in 2007 the puzzle pieces fell into place. In the fall of 2008, I started as a graduate student at the Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Design for Stage and Film. After 3 amazing years, I'm now the proud owner of an MFA degree in lighting design and feeling very much at home in New York.

I love designing lights for both the creativity and the technical challenges it brings. Bursting with creativity and aided by my programmer background, I bring an unique understanding to productions.

I hope you enjoy looking around on my website. When you like what you see please leave me a comment on the comments page