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  • How Do I Get Started?
    How Do I Get Started?



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    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?”
  • The Callboard
    The Callboard



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    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 ...
  • Shaping Space: Dance and Technology
    Shaping Space: Dance and Technology



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    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.
  • Art from Nothing
    Art from Nothing



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    “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 ...
  • Soda Bottle Balustrade
    Soda Bottle Balustrade



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    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 ...
  • Around the PQ – Hungarian Exhibit: Donor for Promotheus
    Around the PQ – Hungarian Exhibit: Donor for Promotheus



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    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 ...
  • Around the PQ – The Modalities of Exhibitions
    Around the PQ – The Modalities of Exhibitions



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    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 – Tribes and Plague Rats
    Around the PQ – Tribes and Plague Rats



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    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 ...
  • The Cluster Initiative
    The Cluster Initiative



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    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 ...