November 22, 2013
Alum wins Emmy award for lightingA Susquehanna alumnus was one of the winners of last Sunday's Emmy Awards.
Craig Housenick, a member of the Class of 1998, took home the Creative Arts Emmy for "Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series" for his work on the television series, The Voice.
Housenick said that he joined The Voice in 2012 after having worked on such shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Taste, American Idol and Perfect Score, among many others.
Housenick said he was ecstatic when he found out that he was nominated for the Emmy.
"Originally, I had set up the expectation that it would be nice to be on the ballot this year, maybe nominated next year, and maybe win the year after that. I made all three goals the first year, which may represent an unrealistic expectation for repeating," he said.
Housenick said that when he won, it felt "like a bomb went off."
"You are just kind of numb. I'm not sure it has really sunk in yet," he said.
Housenick said his favorite part of his job is getting to work in music and having a good deal of liberty with the equipment he uses.
"This particular combination of people and talents is incredibly rare, and I cherish it," Housenick said.
Although there are many things to enjoy, Housenick also pointed out that the hours are difficult.
"It ranges between 60 and 80 hours a week to put on one of our live shows, and the sacrifice by our families is significant. We have to work through the weekend," he said.
While attending Susquehanna, Housenick said that he majored in theatre arts.
"I really grew my creative voice at Susquehanna. I was able to delve into so many disciplines within the theater department, and doing so allowed me to become a better storyteller. All of the different aspects of theater all work towards telling a story. That's what we do on The Voice, and it's what I did at Susquehanna," Housenick said.
Housenick said, besides missing the original ceiling in Evert Dining Hall, he misses the "collaborative nature" of the theatre arts program.
"I can't think of another major that requires you to work in concert with so many other students and disciplines," he said.
Housenick said that he feels Susquehanna definitely helped him in achieving his goals. He accredited the faculty, his peers and the equipment that was available to him.
"Being exposed to so many creative voices who are still out in the world doing amazing and creative performing arts work made me a better and more creative individual," Housenick said.