I consider myself a theatre generalist. I have training in all the design disciplines and in performance, directing, theory, and history. As a teacher, I gravitate toward the non-traditional, I purposefully rub against the grain, and seek out alternatives. I encourage my students to “design on their feet” and to explore a space with all of their senses. I want my students to see how all the design areas inform one another. I encourage scenic designers to read plays as lighting designers and costume designers to read plays as sound designers. Exposing all perspectives shows students how to understand the complexities and vocabularies across design areas.
“I thrived in the daily class structure, completing mini-prompts in each class. This way of learning how to work with the lighting equipment and materials pushed me to exercise my problem solving and time management skills.”-student self-evaluation