John's Bio


John Huntington is a (full) Professor of Entertainment Technology at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Through his consulting company, Zircon Designs, Huntington freelances as an entertainment and show control systems consultant, author, and sound designer/engineer.  He is also an award-winning photographer.

Huntington's book, Control Systems for Live Entertainment, was first published by Focal Press in 1994; a second edition was released in 2000, and a third major update was released in 2007. The book was the first on the topic of entertainment control and show control, and continues to be the leading book in the field.  In 2012, Huntington released a major, self-published update to the book and retitled it Show Networks and Control Systems.

Mr. Huntington has written more than 40 published articles, one of which--Rethinking Entertainment Technology Education--won USITT's Herbert D. Greggs Merit award in 2004. He has sound designed over 20 productions in New York City and regional theatres like Seattle Rep, and has given more than 25 master classes, workshops, presentations, papers, and talks at conferences and trade shows throughout the United States.

In 2005, Mr. Huntington was appointed by ESTA’s (note: ESTA is now PLASA) Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) as one of 12 "Subject Matter Experts", selected to participate in the creation of a brand new certification test for entertainment electricians.

Mr. Huntington taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Drama for 14 years; taught sound design at NYU; worked as a Systems Consultant for George Kindler's show and audio control firm Thoughtful Designs (a PRG company); as sound engineer at the Metropolitan Opera House and for the annual Met Opera/New York Philharmonic summer parks tour; as a systems engineer for Production Arts Lighting; as technical editor for Theatre Crafts and LightingDimensions magazines; and as an engineer for the special effects company Associates and Ferren.

Mr. Huntington studied technical design, production, theatre engineering and sound at the Yale School of Drama (MFA) and Ithaca College (BFA). He lives in New York City and is a member of Local #1 IATSE.  Mr. Huntington is also a whitewater and sea kayaker, a mountain and road biker, and a storm chaser and photographer.

John's Academic CV In PDF Format

About The Control Geek Blog

I started writing this blog in February 2008, pretty much by accident.  I've had a web site for my book since the mid-1990's, but it kind of stagnated because I got tired of working in HTML and dealing with uploading, etc.  After a bit of research, I switched to Squarespace as my web host because I wanted to be able to generate an RSS feed in order to feed out new articles, etc as I posted them on the site.  (I'm a big user of Google Reader) I used the blog format to generate this feed, and everything just led from there, and now (as of June, 2009), I'm averaging about 3000 unique visitors per month.

I only post when I have something I think is interesting to share, and in recent years that's been once or twice a year.  As I've gone along, I try to only post when I can add something to an entry, or it's original content I have created.  I try to stay on the topic of entertainment technology, but I do post on off-topic stuff (like kayaking and weather) when I want whatever I'm posting to be search-able (everything else I post on Facebook).

Commenting Policy

I don't get a lot of comments, but I do moderate all of them because I used to get a fair number of link-back spam attempts.  Otherwise, I don't edit anything in the posts and I will approve every post as long as it's not by an obviously deranged person.  I do, however, reserve the right to reject any post by anyone who won't use their real name (unless they have a good reason to be anonymous).


I have an RSS feed of the blog posts here.  Posts from that feed also feed to Twitter which then feeds to Facebook.