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    Orpheus in the Underworld 5 Sometimes memorable designs come from simple, bold choices. This design is for Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach. This is a comic opera. It is an irreverent, risque, and ridiculous parody of classical opera and Greek mythology. For our production, we included white acoustic clouds that doubled as projection surfaces. ...
  • 51 Shades of Grey: How We See Light and Dark
    https://youtu.be/NuHW3OAHfEk Video transcript: Let’s start out with a projection screen. Could we dim the lights, please? Thank you. Let’s look at a projection. This is The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889. Maybe you have heard of it. Excuse me, it’s still a little bright in here. Could we close the blinds? Thank you. Let’s take ...
  • The Creative Team: Leaving the Comfort Zone
    In April of 2018, members of several groups collaborated at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire in the United States.   They engaged in a workshop production of A Dream Play, by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.   Jump to video Some of the creative team had been brought together originally through The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects ...
  • Projections on Stage Part III: Choices about Screens
    Anything that reflects light – even just a little bit – can be a screen. The bigger question is what makes a good screen. And before we can answer that, we should ask a more specific question: for a specific use, what would be the most appropriate screen? Some basic variations on screen types include: Front projection vs. rear projection White screens vs. black screens ...
  • Projections on Stage Part II: Making Good Use of Ordinary Projectors
    Design the set around the screens It is easy to think of projections as being just the background behind the set. An important thing to consider is that this is just one of many ways that you can use projections on stage. Let’s start there, though, because that is the most prominent way that they tend to be used. The cyclorama is ...
  • Projections on Stage Part I: How do I make them brighter?
    I’m not saying I do, but I am not saying that I do not. In my home, on my breakfast table, I may, or I may not have a gun that shoots butter. If I did have such a thing, it would have a large plastic bellows that you could slam your fist down onto. ...
  • WSD2017 Workshop RECONNECT Series
    RECONNECT is a six hours long artistic game during which we will strive to create a living and breathing translation of spatial potentials through human bodies. Starting with the reception of a plain narrative, translating it into the architectural – human formations and awaking those through light and movement, the participants will inevitably change their perception of space and get ...
  • WMUR: Brilliant Being
    A performance at Plymouth State University that combines dance, video games, and an adventure. We head behind the scenes of “Brilliant Being” to see how it is redefining theater and storytelling. https://www.wmur.com/article/friday-october-14th-brilliant-being/5081443
  • The Cluster Initiative
    The Development of Strategic Clusters at Plymouth State University   I am serving in a position at PSU called Strategic Cluster Guide.       This means that I am one of a body of people who are meeting regularly to bring about the transitions that President Birx has called for. Understand that all of this is still under discussion this summer, and there is a ...
  • Around the PQ – Tribes and Plague Rats
    In the early 1900s, Australia suffered wave after wave of bubonic plague, delivered by trading ships infested with rats. A group of performers commented on the way that the rats of England traveled outward, colonizing the world, and spreading disease. As a part of the PQ Tribes series, The National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia costumed a ...
  • Around the PQ – The Modalities of Exhibitions
    The international and student exhibitions at the Prague Quadrennial belong to a niche when discussing genres of art. Even in Europe, where spatial installations are a little more prevalent than in the United States, the idea of conceptually creating a space to be experienced in a museum setting is still not main-stream. Anyone in the general population knows ...
  • Around the PQ – Hungarian Exhibit: Donor for Promotheus
    Promotheus is, in Greek Mythology, a Titan. He stole fire and delivered it to mankind, in defiance of the will of Zeus. As punishment for this crime, he was chained to a rock. Every day, his liver was eaten by an eagle, after which it grew back, because of his immortality. In these pictures, you see ...
  • Soda Bottle Balustrade
    I was asked for a curved balustrade unit that could be moved around the stage by performers. This did not want to be simple wooden spindles. It really needed to be the kind of big, cement balustrade that would be present at an upscale hotel on the Mediterranean in France. This particular season is short ...
  • Cyprus Mail: Controlling projection
    Orpheus in the Underworld 9By Maria Gregoriou From Friday, American theatre designer, lighting designer and video artist Matt Kizer will be giving a four-day seminar on interactive video projections in the areas of theatre, dance and performing arts. The seminar, which will be in English, will cover both theory and practice, including the history of projections on stage, the basics of projectors, designing scenery with screens ...
  • Theatrical Organization of Cyprus Four-Day Seminar
    Α four-day seminar led by the accomplished American theatre designer, lighting designer and video artist Mr. Matt Kizer 23 November 2015 The Cyprus Centre of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (CY.C.S.TA.T.) in collaboration with the Theatrical Organization of Cyprus (TH.O.C.) and the Plymouth State University (USA) organizes a fourth-day seminar led by the accomplished American theatre designer, lighting designer and video artist ...
  • Shaping Space: Dance and Technology
    Shaping Space: Dance and Technology 1This was a lecture-workshop presented in Studio  Theatre at Plymouth State University.  I worked with Amanda Whitworth, Director of Dance.   Together, we presented a series of dance pieces that incorporated interactive projections that moved with her as the dancer.
  • The Callboard
    The Callboard 5Art & Ethics in the Internet Age by Matt Kizer   Among many things, I am a Professor at a beautiful little university, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of the classes I teach is about dealing with technology in our profession.   We cover a lot in there.   One thing we return to over and over, though, is the importance ...
  • How Do I Get Started?
    I was recently working as a guest designer at Auburn, University in Alabama. As a part of a fairly casual conversation during a work-call onstage, an undergraduate set-design student by the name of Sarah asked me a very simple question: “How did you get started as a Set Designer?”
  • Art from Nothing
    “Compromise” is a very ugly word for beginning artists. We don’t want to compromise our vision. This is true for designers, directors, and every other artist involved in the process. A great production team knows that if the collaboration is on the mark, nobody compromises. Instead of anyone giving up ...