We’ve had several new faces join our team here at VIPA over the past few months! Michael Murphy, VIPA’s new Technical Director, spent his first months installing a brand new soundboard in the VPAC. Michael brings an enthusiasm for sound and projections to the team that we are thrilled to share with the community.
As VIPA’s Technical Director, Michael is in charge of the theatrical equipment, communicating with artists before they arrive and training our apprentices in how to use sound, lighting, projection, and scenery equipment.
Here is what Michael has to say about himself and his new job with VIPA!
What made you want to work with VIPA?
I wanted to find work that challenged me and my understanding of event production and technology. I wanted to work with a company that is active and invested in the community and creating the next generation of well-rounded individuals. VIPA is all of the above, it doesn’t really feel like a job here, more of a time and space to improve myself and my understanding while helping those around me.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My job is different every day! I love that I have somewhat of a routine but nothing so rigid where I can’t find time to stop and learn something new!
What are 2 things you do as part of your job you think most people wouldn’t realize are part of your responsibilities?
I am responsible for teaching apprentices and making sure they are intellectually ready for the tasks that are asked of them. I am also the technician on many of the VHS theatre activities, I’ll be working on some 350+ shows this season.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Jam with friends, play with my dog and go out on my canoe.
What are you most passionate about in life?
Playing drums, music technology and creating new experiences
What are three things you can’t live without?
Chocolate, coffee, and drums
What were you like in high school?
I was the drumline kid who constantly tripped over his own feet.
Did you follow the path after high school you thought you would follow?
No, I thought I thought I was going to go into music education instead of performance and production. I found I loved the behind the scenes action just as much as being in the spotlight.
If you could have a conversation with your 17-year-old self, what advice would you give?
Don’t underestimate the power of momentum and the best way to make a new friend is to ask for a favor, you have the power and capacity to Do It Yourself but that doesn’t mean you need to do it ALL yourself.
Where is your favorite place to grab a bite on a break from work?
Venice Island Coffee! They have the best cold brew (I’ve had) in Venice.