Banner photography by Mark Gavin; provided by the Arden Theatre

Philadelphia, PA: 2012 - 2013

Arden Theatre Company

Master Carpenter

The Arden is a member of the League of Regional Theatres that produces in 2 spaces, the F. Otto Haas Stage, which is a 360-seat fully configurable black box, and the Arcadia Stage, a 175-200-seat studio space.  As the Master Carpenter, my main responsibilities included, but were not limited to, building all required scenery and large properties and assisting the Technical Director with loading in scenery.

HIGHLIGHTS

Robin Hood

By Greg Banks                    
Directed by Matthew Decker
Scenic Design by Tom Gleeson

One major highlight of my time at the Arden was designing and producing an effective “appearing arrow” effect for Robin Hood.

This set was intended to be a forest jungle-gym and was built mainly with structural pipes and cardboard tubes.  The main area in the middle had green recycled rubber to act as the dirt.  As you can see in the photos, I was able to solve a production issue that arose early on: the director wanted arrows to not be actually shot, but to appear as if they had been and “from nowhere.”  I achieved this goal by modifying rat traps to hold an arrow shaft.  I then designed a simple trigger that was activated by actors on stage.  

This effect was very persuasive in surprising the audience because the arrow and device would be covered with rubber mulch, and when tripped, the arrow would fling rubber chunks into the air like an explosion.

 
For USITT 2014, this design was submitted this for the Scene Design Poster Session and was accepted, however, due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to actually present the poster.

 

 
Testing of arrow appearing device for Arden Theatre's Robin Hood.
 

2012 - 2013 Season

The gallery below presents select process images from the following productions:

A Raisin in the Sun    
By Lorraine Hansberry                    
Directed by Walter Dallas
Scenic Design by Daniel Conway

 

Endgame        
By Samuel Beckett                        
Directed by Edward Sobel
Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet

Freud’s Last Session    
By Mark St. Germain                        
Directed by Ian Merrill Peakes
Scenic Design by David P. Gordon

 

Cinderella        
By Charles Way    
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin    
Scenic Design by David P. Gordon

An Arden Theatre blogpost I wrote detailing the build of Cinderella.



2011 - 2012 Season

The gallery below presents a selection of process images from the following productions:

August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts                
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Scenic Design by Daniel Conway    
Lighting Design by Thom Weaver

 

The Whipping Man    
By Matthew Lopez            
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Scenic Design by David P. Gordon    
Lighting Design by Thom Weaver

Charlotte’s Web    
By Joseph Robinette            
Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
Scenic Design by David P. Gordon    
Lighting Design by Drew Billiau

 

Clybourne Park    
By Bruce Norris            
Directed by Edward Sobel
Scenic Design by James Kronzer

 

Cyrano            
By Edmond Rostand            
Translated and Adapted by Michael Hollinger
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner
Scenic Design by Daniel Conway