Jake DeGroot is a freelance lighting designer based in New York City. Jake has collaborated with theaters, companies, directors, designers, and artists all over the US and the world.
Originally from Massachusetts, Jake became heavily involved with the theatre scene in the greater Boston area from a very young age. He spent four summers with the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival as a member of the lighting department, including two seasons running the department as the Co-Lighting Supervisor and a Lighting Designer.
Jake works primarily as a Lighting Designer for live theatre, along with work in architectural lighting, television lighting, and specials events lighting. He also works as an Assistant and Associate Designer internationally, regionally, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway for industry-leading designers including Kevin Adams, Jeff Croiter, Peter Kaczorowski, Natasha Katz, Rui Rita, Justin Townsend, Hugh Vanstone, David Weiner, and Scott Zielinski.
Outside of the theatre, Jake is passionate about social justice and has been known to take to the streets in protest. He is also an enthusiastic year-round cyclist and cycling evangelist.