Welcome back to SC Bryan! You have experience in a range of areas, and were last year’s Joseph set designer. Tell us a bit about your theatre background.
I started in Theatre at UFV in 2005. I've since graduated with both a Diploma in Theatre Arts and a BA in Theatre/Psychology. At UFV I took advantage of the diverse program and learned to work both back stage and on. Although most of my time at UFV was spent onstage in parts such as Hamlet in 2009, and Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream 2010, since graduating I have found myself designing and stage managing various productions in the Valley. I am currently the Head Carpenter for the UFV Theatre Department and work as a contracted Tech at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and The Mission Clarke Theatre. I have designed both lighting and set for Gallery 7 Theatre including the The Importance of Being Earnest (lighting), The Foreigner (Lighting) and Anne ( Set and Lighting). Last Year was my first production with Secondary Characters and I have since joined the Board of Directors. I'm looking forward to watching Into the Woods, take shape!
What have been some of the challenges in designing the set for Into the Woods?
The biggest challenge for me with this design is working in a proscenium space of this size. I've worked in smaller pros spaces, and thrust stages, but never one of this size. The set will be big and have lots of fly's, another thing I haven't built before. It is a large stage and there isn't much time to move set pieces on and off the stage, so the crew will be heavily relied on. The set itself has a very distinct theme which I'm looking forward to building. This project is also pushing me in my artistic ability, and is different from my usual style.
What are your plans for next year?
My plan next year is to return to UFV for the 35th Anniversary Season of Theatre. Then, although I have not applied yet, so nothing is official, would like to return to school and pursue Arts and Entertainment Management.