GA Voice - - Act­ing Out -

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.

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