Published: Jan. 26, 2012

Staff profiles: Paul R. Bourne

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743

Paul R. Bourne's job is to take care of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theatre and all of its equipment. He is the theater technical supervisor. 

He has been with Michigan State University since August 2004 when he began as an undergraduate student, but this is his second year in his position with RCAH. 

Different student groups and community organizations book events in the theater, and it is up to Bourne to make sure their unique needs are met. Bourne is responsible for making sure things like projectors, microphones and lights are functioning properly for every production.

Bourne said he is a man of many hats, as he does a little bit of everything when it comes to theatre production. He works with the theater clients during the day, and in the afternoons he works at East Lansing High School building sets and designing lights for different student productions. 

In the theater, Bourne says, the pace is often very hurry up and wait. He spends his days doing a lot of preparing the theater and equipment for showtime.

"The best part of working here is definitely the people and the exposure to the different events that come through the theater," Bourne said.