Saturday, October 21, 2017

BLITHE SPIRIT - Tacoma Little Theatre - October 20 - November 5

Directed by Chris Serface
Photo Courtesy of Chris Serface

33 VARIATIONS - Vashon Drama Dock - October 4 - 8

Video of Virtual Set Model

Production Stills 
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Designed both scenery and projections - Directed by Charlotte Tiencken
Production Photos Courtesy of Lisa Work

Saturday, May 17, 2014

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES ~ Tacoma Musical Playhouse May 16 - June 8

An elevation and some work light shots before Opening Night.  Production photos to be posted as soon as possible.
Original Elevation of the La Cage Proscenium pieces

This set was all about a gesture (*extends arm up and out, and flexes wrist*).  It was about a gesture of joy, and of acceptance - embracing the truth of who one really is, and what is really important.  We went for the graphic representation of that gesture, most easily found and expressed through Art Deco. 

The show has lots of blurred lines in it: gender, loyalty, morality, love.  Those blurred lines help accent the journey to what is real and important - the lines which should never blur.  So we put Art Deco (where lines seem clear) in an environment where you are never quite sure when you are totally in and totally out of the influence of La Cage Aux Folles.  

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013


Les Miserables for Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Painted Show Curtain ~ Paint Elevation

Monday, August 12, 2013


"Archives" meaning cleaning out the studio closet.  I am sure every designer that has worked for a decade or more has a stash of sketches and renderings from their early days that make them cringe.  The truly awful ones get burned or destroyed along the way and a few "cringe-ables" are kept to show in classes and such - to prove to students that they can learn and develop these skills, that we were not all spawned brilliant.

I had that rare experience the other day of coming across something from my "ancient designer past" that did not make me cringe: A set of renderings from an Advanced Scene Design project my last semester in undergrad.  Two different sets for the same space, both for A Midsummer Night's Dream, one unit set and one multi-set.  The space chosen was the Kresge Theater at Willamette University, a thrust stage that I was weened on as a designer (the Music department had the proscenium stage - we had a thrust and an arena).  I actually finished these renderings several years after I graduated, and I am pleased to say that they do not make me cringe today, even though my paint skills have developed considerably since.

Unit Set by Judith Cullen for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1984)
Multi-Setting design by Judith Cullen for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1984)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

INTO THE WOODS Open at Vashon Drama Dock in July!

Views from the paint elevations . . . The set is three books, with the central one in front of the other two and open.  The Center book has a pair if doors SR (the bookplate) and an elevated window SR.  Groundcloth continues the "Once Upon a Time" motif.  Lovely, fun project with Charlotte Tiencken Directing.  Delightful people on the Island.