I have enjoyed a decades-long career in theatre, first as a performer and currently as a designer and teacher, with experience as scenic designer, lighting designer, props designer, technical director, scenic artist and properties artist. I love the opportunities for conceptual work, rendering and model making, and the challenges that production work provides.
The design process starts with the text. The design has to meet the needs of the script, follow the constraints of the performance space and production budget and is not complete until the actors are within the environment.
From Hamlet to The Crucible to Top Dog Underdog we see the importance of storytelling as a shared experience: the experience shared between audience members, the experience shared between performer and audience and the often overlooked experience between the production artists and audience. The social and cultural activity of storytelling requires an active collaboration between the members of a theatrical company while conceiving, producing and performing the play.