Involvement in the theater has always been a big part of my life, especially in the areas of props, puppetry, and mask making. Here are a few projects on which I played a significant role.
My senior year of undergrad, I was granted the role of props designer for our production of The Yellow Boat. I designed and acquired all the props, worked with the lighting, set, and costume designers to integrate the theme of the props with the production, and instructed a team of props runners for maintaining items during the run of the show.
My proudest accomplishment on this project was designing and building a small puppet manned by the main character of the show.
For a college production of Caucasion Chalk Circle, I performed as assistant mask maker to build masks for the entire cast. We built a combination of detailed neoprene masks and simple cloth and Sculpt-or-coat masks.
In addition to creating the masks, I also compiled step-by-step instructions and photo reference for our mask building processes. These include rehearsal masks, plaster face positives, and latex/neoprene masks.
To see the process documentation, visit the mask-making section of my personal site.
At the summer stock theater season of the Berkshire Theatre Festival, I was given the responsibility of designing and creating the Neverland Wolves for Peter Pan.
My instructions were to create 5 wolf heads on sticks that could be held by one person, and which had articulated jaws. The rest of the design and implementation was left totally up to me.
For a detailed overview of the process I took to create this prop, please visit its project page on my personal site.