I am sure that every American set designer reading this knows the drill:
- Read the script.
- Talk to the director.
Do these steps over and over in a cycle, winding inward to [what we hope is] the ideal design for the production. Once we hit the ideal design (or run out of time)(whichever happens first), we (more…)
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology held their conference this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.
While there, I had the fortune of attending the Plenary Session on Sustainable Production . Representatives from three different organizations discussed current efforts to develop more sustainable theatre practices. These included Jeff Lemire and Anthony Runfola from Childsplay, a theatre company for young audiences in Arizona and a recipient of a Think It! Grant from TCG; Charles Deull, co-chair of the Broadway Green Alliance; and Richard Cuthbert, director of engineering and co-founder of Global Design Solutions. The panel discussed changes to design and production practices in order to reduce and reuse materials, and ways to instill more sustainable practices within the industry and in the everyday life of theatre patrons.
A video was made of this session. It is available on the USITT website, at: http://www.usitt.org/2011VideoSelection2.aspx
(There is more than one video available at that address. Choose “sustainability session,” and then play.)
The Broadway Green Alliance has a well-made guide online for theatre production.