Was there a moment when you knew you wanted theatre design to be a part of your life? When I saw my first Broadway show, Wicked, in 2004, and felt that indescribable feeling I think all designers and actors have felt that pulls us into this world of creating art. I couldn't paint or draw well, but painting pictures with light helped fill that void in my life, and hearing the explosive reaction of the audience after a pivotal scene is something you can't replicate. Knowing that your work played an integral part in fueling the emotion of a moment is what drives me to find that in every play or musical.
What brought you to New York City?
School brought me to the area, and following graduation I made the move.
What influences you as a designer? Are there any artists, musicians, industry professionals, or other resources that shape your personal aesthetic?
As a designer of light, I take a lot of inspiration from the world around me. I really love a sunrise or sunset, and how the weather affects the different colors and texture. There are wonderful one of a kind moments. When I'm not in the theatre I do my best to capture some of those moments through my own lens.
Tell me about your creative process. What do you look for in a first reading of a script? The second read? When I sit down with a script for the first time, I am reading it to take in the atmosphere and mood of the writing. I also think about, how it makes me feel, and what character I connect with.
During the second read I pay more attention to specifics of the play. Where and when is it taking place? What will the key angle be for each scene? What is arc of the lighting for the show? Where do we begin and end to tell the story?
How do you approach an indie show with limited time, labor and budget? Do you have any special techniques for maximizing artistic expression?
In all honesty, this production of FLAMINGO, is my first experience with a show on a limited budget and inventory. The best advice I have is to look back to those who pioneered this business and what did they do with 12 dimmers.
Tell me about FLAMINGO. Where are you in the design process? We load-in tomorrow!
Is there anything the indie theatre community can do to make things easier for theatre designers? Anything you’d love to ask of producers, production managers, or artistic directors? Anything you’d like to ask of other designers?
If only there were a rental shop that had indie theatre based pricing, and production managers who often worked in indie theatre.