Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc., an employee-owned company, welcomes Stephanie Atkinson to the team as our Rigging Project Manager. Stephanie joins GSL after 20+ years working in various capacities for a manufacturer of products for the performing arts and for music and theatre education. Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge to GSL in project coordination, organizational skills, and customer solutions.
Stephanie received an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology from Minneapolis
Technical College and started her career working for architectural firms in Rochester,
Minnesota. Following her transition to the performing arts world, Stephanie added a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership from Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) as well as a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University.
Stephanie lives in Owatonna and enjoys golfing, gardening, and riding her Harley-Davidson. She enjoys spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. Stephanie was born and raised in Lake City, Minnesota, the birthplace of water skiing, but doesn’t water ski.
Stephanie can be reached by phone in the office at 612-871-0138
Gopher Stage Lighting is pleased to announce the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) effective December 31, 2020. Over time Gopher Stage Lighting stock will be allocated to present and future employees. The ESOP is designed to assist our employees with their retirement and provide them with a financial stake in the company. We believe that shared ownership will promote a positive organizational culture which will result in the continued success of Gopher Stage Lighting.
In addition, the structure of the ESOP will empower our employees to provide exceptional service and innovative solutions which will positively impact our customers and partners. We want our employees to act and think like owners, and directly benefit from GSL’s continued success as participants in the ESOP.
At all levels of the company, customers will be working with an employee owner, an individual who is invested in the success of the company and the quality service Gopher Stage Lighting delivers.
Look for all future marketing materials and correspondences to identify Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. as An Employee Owned Company. The next time you call or email, introduce yourself to one of our owners!
Gopher Stage Lighting provides lighting and rigging systems for architectural and entertainment installations. Founded in 1958, Gopher Stage Lighting continues today under the ownership of Melanie Holloway and the employees of GSL, and under the management of Melanie Holloway. Gopher Stage Lighting, Inc. is a certified DBE/WBE/SBE Minnesota corporation.
Owner of GSAudio, St Cloud Minnesota
“Over the past 20 years I have used Gopher Stage Lighting on many great projects around the Midwest. From lighting skyscrapers, to finding us the right gel sheet on a late Friday afternoon to appease some crazy theater director, from installing gorgeous curtains and drapes in multi-million dollar auditoriums, to building us rock n roll trussing filled with state-of- the-art robotic lighting, from interior LED fixtures, to complex dimming systems for an entire campus…….. we have asked the sales staff and in-field technicians for many things that are common in the professional world of touring and professional productions, but foreign to nearly all local building and AV installation companies……. BUT at Gopher they speak my language and have provided great service and support for myself and my employees time and time again. I have many friends at Gopher who battle alongside me and help lift our projects to the highest levels and create unforgettable experiences for the patrons and clients.”
“Gopher Stage’s knowledge of lighting control systems and having them involved from the beginning of the project was the key to a successful installation.”
"We want to extend our appreciation for the work that Gopher Stage Lighting has done on Allianz Field in St. Paul, MN.
Mortenson would like to thank Gopher Stage Lighting for being a true partner on the project, and specifically extend our appreciation for the work of your technician, Josh Wood, for his performance during the project. Not only has he represented Gopher Stage in a professional manner at all coordination meetings and interactions with our customer, MN United, but he responded graciously to the concerns around the facade lighting shows on Christmas Eve. His response and thorough approach was appreciated by Mortenson and by MN United, specifically Dr. Bill McGuire.
The facade lighting system at Allianz Field is one of a kind, and we could not have executed it without the partnership of Gopher Stage Lighting and Gephart Electric. Josh Wood and Josh Lentner have done a superb job with the programming and in helping MN United understand the capabilities of their new building. It will no doubt be the signature of this facility."
Project Manager - Parsons Electric
“Working with Gopher Stage is always enjoyable! The team in place is very knowledgeable and I rely on them to get the job done and provide insight all the time. They have always been responsive and available for questions on the installation when needed. Working with Dave, Karin, Ian, and Josh on U.S Bank stadium was a pleasure.”
“We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Gopher Stage Lighting. Their rigging project management and installation team are exceptional, these are theatre people who know how venues work and know how to provide highly functional systems to support that work. Their experience and clear communication are invaluable, we recommend them with enthusiasm.”
Minnesota State University, Mankato
“The folks at Gopher are super fast at getting me the supplies I need. They are also great at doing extra research to find solutions when I come up with a particular challenge. If I need something I call Gopher.”
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI
“Thank you for the rigging installation! GSL is a class act all the way! GSL was personable and professional. Well Done!”
Faith Technologies, Inc.
“This is my first experience using Gopher Stage Lighting and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Although everything looked good on paper and discussions before issuing a contract were positive, as the old saying goes:
The Proof is in the Pudding.
The project is a very complex project which required a tremendous amount of coordination with planning, submittals, shop drawings, material & equipment procurement with coordination on the release of equipment for delivery to the project to meet various critical dates. This meant bringing in certain pieces of equipment at different times as opposed to one full release. Due to jobsite conditions and the lack of storage, this was very beneficial.
Jim Barrett and David Johnson both have been great to work with. They have been very responsive to our needs, have assured us the timely completion of the various elements required, and have a very good relationship with the designer which has been very beneficial.
To sum things up, yes the Pudding on this one has been smooth and tastes good. I would not hesitate to use
Gopher Stage Lighting on my next project.”