Rae Creevey, Emmy-winning TV engineer and a co-founder and producing director of the seminal Asian American theater company East West Players, died March 30 of heart failure. He was 69.
Born in Seattle, Creevey attended the U. of Washington and became involved in student productions and other Seattle theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 1960.
In 1965, Beulah Quo and James Hong hired Creevey as a technical director and stage manager for a Chinese-language production. Creevey became the only non-Asian American in a group of eight people who founded the East West Players. The group worked for several years in a 99-seat space on Santa Monica Boulevard that Creevey helped build. The production moved to Little Tokyo in 1998.
Among Creevey’s East West credits were the group’s initial production of “Rashomon,” a 1978 run of “Pacific Overtures” and the hit play “And the Soul Shall Dance.” He also worked at other Los Angeles theaters, including the Inner-City Cultural Center, Equity Library Theatre West and Room for Theatre.
Creevey worked at ABC for more than three decades serving as head lighting designer for “General Hospital” for 11 years. He received an Emmy nomination for his lighting. He won an Emmy in sound engineering for a 1984 Olympics broadcast.
Even after a 1991 stroke, Creevey designed the lighting for several East West productions. In 1999, he received a career achievement award at the L.A. Weekly theater awards.
He is survived by his wife, Janellen Steininger.