Charles G. Stone II
Founder | President New York & Seattle
Mr. Stone’s parents sent him to the Harrisburg Community Theatre, hoping to keep him out of trouble while Charles was trying to become a singer and trombonist in a rock band. And there, at the stage door, he was transfixed by the Magic of Light: Lekos and Fresnels, colored gel and dimmers – emotion and passion. From that day, whether on, off, or backstage, at science fairs, or writing term papers in school, it was always about the power of light to change the human experience. His parents continued to worry for another 25 years that he might never have a career.
Mr. Stone received an AB in English and a special Certificate for Lighting Design from Princeton University in 1976. He is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP, a LEED AP BD+C, a Fellow and Past President of the International Association of Lighting Designers, a member of the IESNA, serves on the IESNA Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces Committee, and serves on the Project Candle advisory group at Penn State University. Mr. Stone’s Traveling Light speaking tour visits universities and professional conferences around the world, and has landed in 20 countries since its founding in 2005. In addition to lectures, Charles regularly serves as a leader for educational and public outreach workshops including Ålingsås, Sweden, and cities worldwide with The Lighting Detectives. Mr. Stone joined FMS in 1983, became President in 2003, and has led design teams on hundreds of successful and award-winning projects with loyal and satisfied clients on five continents.
Charles loves to travel, where he takes pictures and sketches the light, writes poetry and prose about what he sees, usually on a topic that extends from some project in the studio. One year it was sunsets, another deep shadows, another the mid century Modernists, another how chiaroscuro and Caravaggio moved him. Charles swims daily, is a desert hiker, Grand Canyon aficionado, a Northern Cascades lover; and when flying, a techno thriller and science fiction junkie. He and his wife, Kimberly, are immensely proud of their twin daughters, now pursuing their own careers.
Many hands make light work
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