Yesterday I attended one my favorite events of the year. I always look forward to the University of Illinois Theatre Department Portfolio Review. It's my chance to talk to current students in the program about what the theatre scene is like in Chicago and my experiences that I've gained working for almost 4 years in the "real world". My desire to pursue theatre has waned but my drive to help my former faculty and current students has not.
For tips and highlights of some of the conversations...
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I am the Assistant Designer and one of two Props Designers on SKBKX for Collaboraction. I've been working on this Ground Plan for what feels like forever, but I have enjoyed most every part of it. The theme of SKBKX is exponential and Sam Poretta, my designer, came up with the concept of elastic sculptures and how they can sculpt a space in many different ways. We've been working with Insider's Entertainment in figuring out how to make this crazy design come to life. Attached to this entry is a copy of the ground plan I've been working on. I'm very pleased with it, I feel like it's one of the best draftings I've done to date.
I'm excited to get rolling with the crazy train, 19 pieces, 19 (or more) directors, more actors than you can shake a stick at and an AWESOME production team. The madness starts soon! We open in June come and CHECK IT OUT!
This Past week has been spent at the Greenhouse space in Lincoln Park loading in Eclipse Theatre's production of Resurrection Blues. Our production lands us on the top of a mountain and with the need for sittables that work within this realm I designed our furniture to resemble rock formations. Take a look at some of the process shots here.
What we did was draw and cut out our top shape and bottom shape and framed those out so we could inset foam. We used poly extruded foam (pink foam that you find at home depot). We glued the foam to maso that was attached to the framing and then we used great stuff to secure foam to foam. Then with a saw, sure form, and snap off knife in hand I sculpted the formations. After they are sufficiently carved we covered them with muslin and glue to protect the foam from wear and tear through the run of the production. Next we will add texture and a final paint treatment. Check back for production shots soon!
Check out Eclipse's website/blog for more details about the show! http://www.eclipsetheatre.com/
Working with the JCC in Skokie, IL to create the wondrous world of Willy Wonka. We are in initial conversations about how the set will move. I really want to create units where we can use the different sides to create a new combination for each room in the factory. To the left is the color research I will be drawing from. I think this is going to be a great little show. I'm having a meeting with the director today. I hope she is as excited as I am!
This week I enter into Tech Week Number one with Project 891's production of Epic Proportions. We open Friday @ the Chemically Imbalanced Comedy space on Irving Park in the city. I love that our cast comes to help out with painting and construction. Looking forward to opening this show! Stop by and see it if you've got a chance!