Theater Design

I have been working professionally in theater since 1992. I am an accomplished scenic, lighting and projection designer, comfortable in a variety of styles and performance spaces. I am an innovative designer, well-practiced at coming up with visually engaging designs that utilize inexpensive materials. I excel at creating unique designs that engage and challenge audiences. I thrive in the collaborative environment. My 16 years experience as a Technical Director and Production Manager have made me competent at time management, creating accurate budgets and collaborating with, and leading, a crew.

 

Set Design

Swan Lake

Ballet Northwest, 2010
Set Designer

Swan Lake

Swan Lake has three primary locations. Due to the high cost of creating full mainstage sets I designed legs and borders that would work well for all 3 locations - the courtyard, the forest and the throne room. The side panels had scrim windows built into them; depending on how they were lit they could either be climbing vines in a courtyard, foliage or palace windows.

 

 

Swan Lake PerformanceSwan Lake PerformancePhotos by Jerome Tso Photography

 

 

Swan LakeSwan Lake

The forest and throne room sets and their scale models.

 


 

Nutcracker

Ballet Northwest, 1998 - 2013
Set Designer, Scenic Artist

Nutcracker

I have designed new scenes and elements for Ballet Northwest's production of Nutcracker since 1998. I designed and was a lead painter on the candy-inspired palace drops. I designed a Christmas tree that grows to 20 feet tall. A recent fun project was designing a new chandelier that looks 3-dimensional and fits the grand scale of the interior party scene but is only 1'-6" deep and can fly out between the electric and battens.


Romeo & Juliet

Harlequin Productions, 2006
Set & Lighting Designer

Romeo and Juliet

The play was set in early 1900's Paris. I wanted to create an environment that was both grand and decaying. I was very inspired by the steel railings of the period, but had too small of a budget to bend that much steel, so I created the organic and curved railings by gathering leftover electrical cable from local contractors and curving it around a steel infrastructure, and adding a little paint.

 

 



The design included a movable balcony Romeo used climb up to his Juliet. The party scene included a custom created large-scale chandelier.

 



To save in the limited backstage space, I designed a bed that could later turn into a candle lit tomb.




Design sketch.


 

 

The Tempest

Harlequin Productions, 2000
Set Designer

The Tempest

The Tempest is set on a magical island full of stormy skies and mystery. Each curved element was shakable to make the whole environment react and become the storm. The sisal rope provided a variety of entrances and created an inexpensive, but interesting, texture to light. A video of this production is included in the permanent collection at the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at Lincoln Center in New York.

 

 

Tempest

We flew Ariel and built her gigantic foldable but lightweight wings. The raked and curved stage elements provided unique blocking areas for the various parts of the islands and provided for interesting entrances and hiding places for the sprites and spirits.


Tempest

For several of the magical creatures and gods, we created puppets
ranging from dog demons to a 12' tall internally-lit
transparent goddess.

 

 


 

Cymbeline

Harlequin Productions, 1995
Set and Lighting Designer, Scenic Artist

Cymbeline

A post-apocalyptic feudal futuristic production. I was inspired by industrial oil refineries and intrigued by combining recycled industrial materials and the organic shapes of art nouveau.

 

 

Cymbeline

I designed and built most of the props, shields, helmets and furniture and collaborated on the armor for the robot servant, Pisanio, a relic from the pre-apocalyptic world.

 


Coppelia


Ballet Northwest, 1999
Set Designer


Rabbit Hole

Harlequin Productions/Centralia College, 2010
Set Designer

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole is a story set primarily in the living room, dining room and kitchen of a family home. The challenge is in the scenes that take place in the bedroom of a child who recently died. With limited space to do any kind of revolving set, I decided to place the bedroom upstairs, cantilevered over the kitchen.

 

 

Rabbit HoleRabbit Hole

Production photos and color elevation of the design.

 



 

 

 

 

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