Looking forward in 2013

2012 ended with a bang. It was a great first semester at ISU — I enjoyed the classes I taught and all of the people I encountered in classes, on shows, and in meetings. I did a projection design for Mother Courage and Her Children, which was performed in ISU’s Westhoff Theatre in October. We were all thrilled to find out that the show will be attending the regional KCACTF in Michigan in January!

2013 will prove to be a challenging but exciting year professionally, as I am already signed on to sound design several Shakespeare plays (including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will open in April of 2013), as well as design for Oklahoma!, which opens in February. Along with teaching classes and advising students, I’m sure to have a busy, but enjoyable, year!

Mother Courage Opens!

As I mentioned a while back, I provided some assets for projections for Mother Courage and Her Children at Illinois State University’s Westhoff Theatre. The show opened this week, and I am happy to have my first show at Illinois State University under my belt.

I have been thoroughly impressed with the students involved in this show, both performers and designers. They have such a great work ethic, and it is inspiring to witness their excitement and commitment to their respective crafts. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed working with director Sandi Zielenski, who has a seemingly never ending supply of energy and enthusiasm.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in tech rehearsals in anything but an advisory role, so it was nice to get back in and be a part of the process. I’m looking forward to more shows at ISU. Next up for me is Oklahoma!, which I will be sound designing for director Richard Corley. After that, I will be sound designing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for director Vanessa Stalling. In all, it proves to be an exciting time for me! I do not yet have pictures of the Mother Courage projections, but plan to post some once I do.

Trip to NYC — Go See Room 128

Last weekend, I found myself in NYC. My friend, Angela Hall, wrote a short play that was bring premiered with Rising Sun Performance Company, an Off-Off Broadway organization in NYC. Her play, Greenlight, was a part of an evening of short plays, being performed under the title Room 128. The plays were performed at the Upper West Side hostel, which proved the perfect spot for this evening of short plays, as all of them were set in a hotel room. While all the plays were thoroughly entertaining, I must say, Greenlight was my favorite, and not just because it was written by one of my favorite people in the world. The story draws you in, and leaves you wondering what happens at the end. I love a good cliffhanger. Additionally, the acting was wonderful and I really enjoyed the performances of the two actors involved.

Congratulations to Angela and all of the playwrights on the show, as well as to Rising Sun for a job well done.

First Show in Illinois!

I’ll be providing assets for projections for Mother Courage and Her Children at Illinois State University. The show opens on October 18, and it will be my first show at ISU. The production is directed by Sandi Zielenski and features a cast and crew of fantastic Illinois State University students and faculty. More to come.

The Hippo Song – video