Growing up on the family farm near Dayton, OH that type of work involved little choice. My Dad and Grandpa were not builders by trade, but that didn't stop them from building houses and garages and shops, or from waking me up on Saturday mornings to help. I learned how to build and fix things, and operate heavy equipment.
I first encountered theatrical design when I entered the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. The program immersed students in all aspects of the craft, and I soon had my first paycheck working as a scenic carpenter and flyman for the UT Summer Musical. During that production I had the honor of working with Dr. David Nancarrow, discovering a passion for lighting design, and the craft of theater.
A transfer to the University of Houston in 1988 opened opportunities to continue my studies while working for the Alley Theater, Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Shakespeare and Childrens' Theater Festivals. I also had the chance to work with Edward Albee and Jose Quintero while at UH, both as a designer and actor. I was graduated from UH in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree in Drama (Lighting Design) and a Minor in Studio Art. I founded the North American Free Theater Alliance with a fellow UH graduate in 1993, dedicated to producing new works in English and Spanish, with a grant from the Mexican Government. The project produced shows at festivals in Houston, Austin and Mexico City.
For the past two decades I have worked as a designer and technician in theater, museum and trade exhibits, and most recently TV and movies. I have traveled the North Americas pursuing my craft, and now make my home in Austin, TX. I feel that design skills combined with my experience as carpenter, electrician, painter, foam sculptor and propmaker allow me to provide great value to my clients. It certainly makes meetings between the designer and TD easy to schedule.
Please contact me if I can provide any more information or assistance.