Theatrical Crafts Workshops

The Theatre Company of Saugus presented a Summer Workshop Series on Theatrical Crafts. If you’ve ever wondered “how did they do that?” this was the workshop series for you. We learned about the theatrical crafts that make every show come alive!

The Theatrical Crafts Workshops were held at the East Saugus United Methodist Church / 85 Chestnut Street / Saugus, Massachusetts. All sessions begin at 7:30 PM. The cost was $5 for each workshop.

The first in our series of five workshops took place on Thursday, June 23, 2011 and focused on Scenic Design. The presenter was Timothy Jozwick, Scenic Designer, affiliated with the Theatre Design and Technology Program and Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College. He received a B.A. from St. Vincent College, an M.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists.

On Thursday, July 7, our second workshop focused on Stage Lighting, presented by Russ Swift, Lighting Designer. Russ is designing this summer for Gloucester Stage Company and the Summer Theatre in Meredith Village. He has designed for the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Conservatory, Madison Repertory Theatre, Boston Lyric Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, among many others, and is resident designer for Gloucester Stage Company. In addition, Russ has worked with the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, New York City Opera, Artec Consultants, Northeastern University, and the Groton School. Russ has been on the faculty at Emerson College, Westfield State College, and Eastern Connecticut State University. He is a member of USA829, the theatre designers’ union, and a member of USITT.

On Thursday, July 21, Larry Lowe was the presenter of our third workshop, on Hair and Makeup. Mr. Lowe has been in this field for about forty years. He is drama teacher at Lynn high school and is the makeup artist for the Masonic Lodges in Boston. Also presenting was Ashleigh Fafard, resident makeup artist for the Theatre Company of Saugus.

On Thursday, August 4, our fourth session focused on Costuming, presented by Seth Bodie. Seth has been costume designer for many productions in the Boston area, including most recently, The Drowsy Chaperone for the Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre in Boston. Other credits include The Coveted Crown: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Groundswell for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Picnic for the Stoneham Theatre, and Daughter of Venus for the Boston Playwrights Theatre.

Our final session in the series was held on Thursday, August 18 and focused on Stage Management, presented by Leo Nickole and Monica Bruno.

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