I met with the choreographer/director for an upcoming dance concert to discuss lighting options and positions for the show. This is an individual who has demonstrated in the past that they understand nothing about lighting, and have botched several plots and forced my student board ops to create what are frankly ugly cues onstage. This year, instead of ripping off a plot from the local community college like this guy usually does, he insisted on designing his own plot. The plot is a disaster - no real application of lighting theory, nothing standard from other dance concerts, and it will leave giant holes all over the stage and absolutely no color mixing options. I tried to talk him out of it, tried to draft a different plot, and tried to work what he wanted into the usual ripped-off CC plot. The meeting ended with him telling me he'd bring in professionals to teach me to do dance lighting, and me just agreeing with what he wants and storming out. My question is, what do I do at this point? I can give him exactly what he wanted, and while I don't care if he is upset, I do feel bad for the students. I can ignore what happened at the meeting and hang what will work, but he'll pitch a fit if he figures it out. Either way, I get hauled in front of my boss and chewed out - after all, this guy is from New York! As a designer/technical director, any suggestions on a course of action? The best I have so far is to sneak some extra lights into the plot, to cover when this blows up. Even my students recognize the failure of this plot, and I'm having a hard time explaining it to them. I can't trash another instructor, but I'm definitely not taking credit for this design.