Nate Sinnott and Eric Abele will discuss their design processes leading to the completed scenic and costume designs for the UMBC Department of Theatre’s Spring 2016 production of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. The design process for theatrical production begins many months prior to the opening of the live performance, and designs are generated in a collaborative environment with the director and the design staff. Materials such as research, drafting, scale models, and sketches are generated by the designer and reviewed by the collaborative team with the goal of creating a unified vision that will guide the production through the live performance. Sinnott and Abele will discuss the design process, display their process materials, and provide the audience with an onstage tour to view final design products.
Nate Sinnott is the Scenic Designer and the Faculty Properties and Paints Supervisor at UMBC. Prior to joining UMBC, he held teaching positions at California Lutheran University, University of Southern Indiana, and East Carolina University. As a designer, he has over seventy design credits. His designs have received critical praise in Washington, D.C., various regions in California, Pittsburgh, and many other areas across the country.
Eric Abele is a theatrical designer and construction artist who specializes in costume and puppet design for Theatre for Young Audiences. Before joining the faculty at UMBC, he was the Director of Design and Production at Lexington Children’s Theater. Regionally. Abele has designed for REP Stage, Imagination Stage, and the National Players. In addition to his design work, Eric is an experienced costume crafts artisan who has created puppets and/or specialty hats for a variety of theatres across the country, including the Off-Broadway production of In Transit.
CIRCA Catalyst, sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts, is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA.
This event is free and open to the public.
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