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I am a graduate of Radford University with a bachelor of science in Technical Theatre. I have been teaching Scenic Technology at the University of Virginia since 2014. Before coming to the University of Virginia I worked at a variety of venues across the country including Carnival Cruise Lines and Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA). During the summer months I assume the role of Technical Director for the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA.
I have a passion for tinkering and creating. If asked about my hobbies I will likely tell you about whatever project I am currently working on. When I discovered the world of technical theatre I was mesmerized by the ingenuity and mechanics that go into making a show come in under budget and on time.
I have worked in small theatres where pinching pennies is a necessity as well as in a state of the art theatre with fully automated scenery where no expense was spared. While I have an appreciation for both types of theatres I find the challenge of building something for little or nothing exciting.
I am very passionate about what I do and that shows in the finished product. I enjoy working with a range of materials including both wood and metal. While I am a carpenter and welder I also work with automation; both commercial systems and custom engineered ones.
In the past I have had the opportunity to create a tree that grew out of the stage, a remote controlled bed, a vomit machine, and even a fully robotic platform.