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Ensemble Member David Preis
Technical Director

DAVID PREIS (Technical Director) has contributed his woodworking, general handyman, and all-around technical expertise to The Gift since 2002, becoming Technical Director in 2006. He is a retired luthier, having made cellos and basses for Englehardt-Link in Elk Grove Village for nearly 40 years. David studied theatre and design at Illinois Wesleyan and has worked as the sound engineer for The Night Crawlers, a Chicago area blues band. Throughout the years, he has designed, built, and/or coordinated lighting, set, and sound for a number of Chicago area productions including critically acclaimed productions of Tango and Josephine, The Mouse Singer both at Chicago Actors Ensemble; Brick/Walls Open Spaces for Shakti Dance Company; Crying Woolf at Zebra Crossing; and Light Up the Sky at Gurnee Theatre Company.