I am a Dayton, Ohio native. I had an early childhood obsession that turned into a lifelong passion for set and stage design for theater. When I was in high school I got recruited to go study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where I studied production design. In 2007 I moved to New York City where I still live and work. Through my work the last few years I came onto Brian’s radar. When he realized they were going to need a new location for the show this year, we started talking about the possibility of redesigning it. And here I am sitting in the woods of Georgia now.
What shows have been some of your favorites pre-Serenbe?
Some of my favorites are “Million Dollar Quartet” in Chicago, as well as “Miss Saigon,” “Dreamgirls,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Bat Boy” (the last two of which earned him the Helen Hayes nominations in 2009 and 2015, respectively). I just did a version of “Saturday Night Fever” in Long Island. I’ve done 100-plus shows across the nation the last seven years.
What do you like about working with Serenbe?
In the world of stage design, there is a normal order of operations. The big question in professional and commercial theater is, ‘What show are we doing and how are we going to do it?’ What makes this so magical is that Serenbe Playhouse is kind of in reverse. It’s about where are we doing it. Based on that, you get to choose
‘The Sleepy Hollow Experience’
the material and the environment. It’s exciting to originate a specific piece of theater in concept but in its form and location. (Doing shows outside) there is nothing to start from; you can’t even plug in a light. You have to decide where the audience and actors are going and coming from. It’s like being a pioneer in theater.
Tell us about your version of the show.
We are doing it in the most cinematic way, tighter and tighter. The environment in its entirety is the show. It’s immersive. In addition, it has a Halloween sense of being alone in the dark, being chased. In reshaping the show, we have mapped out five different areas that lead from one place to another.
Have you worked in the area before?
No. This is my first time in Atlanta. I hope it will turn into more opportunities down the road. I love working here. Brian is a great guy to work with.