Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Major and degree earned: M.F.A. in Theatrical Design
Graduation year: 2012
Current role: California State University, Stanislaus
Hometown: Clarkston, WA
Now living in: Turlock, CA/Las Vegas, NV
URTA Audition ....MSU was one of the schools that approached me and I was interested in going somewhere different after growing up in the Northwest.
The fact that we shared the stage with everyone in the world or least on the campus in the 70's meant we were required to mount the productions in 2 days.... I learned the meaning of organized and efficient.
I would say the friendships that I developed with my teachers and students during my graduate studies.
Work hard and when you think you have had enough take on three more projects.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Lighting Designer (1974)
1984 Olympics in LA - Project Manager for the Opening and Closing Sets
I have spent forty years building, designing and managing the construction of sets and models for the entertainment industry. I identified my passion early and received my theatrical set and lighting design education from Washington State and Michigan State Universities.
I worked twenty years in the San Francisco Bay area on a wide variety of projects and productions. I managed one of the largest scenic shops in the country, FM Productions, overseeing painting and sculpting for a diverse group of clients such as The Rolling Stones, IBM, Coca Cola, The Who, Toyota, David Bowie and Budweiser. During those years my duties included developing set designs as well as handling corporate accounts for clients ranging from Universal Studios to Siegfried and Roy.
I began my own business, designing and building sets and models for television commercials, and it was during those years that I began working on stop motion animation. During that commercial experience, I designed and built models and sets for variety of national spots, including more than twenty Pillsbury Doughboy commercials.
It was the stop motion animation experience that I gained, working on these commercials, that lead me to supervise the construction of the sets and models for "Nightmare Before Christmas", "James and the Giant Peach" and "Coraline".
My work in commercial construction, managing the major themed building projects for more than ten years has been in locations ranging from Florida to Nevada. Again the range of clients was diverse and intriguing; those projects included Disney’s California Adventure and the conversion of Swiss Family Robinson’s Tree House to Tarzan’s Tree House in Disneyland.
Recently started back in the world of educational theatre after many years in the entertainment industry and thrilled to be back in live theatre.