I am a North Carolina native who has worked for 27 years as the Scene Designer at Flat Rock Playhouse, The State Theatre of North Carolina. I received my undergraduate degree in English/Education and Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and my Master of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
My association with the Playhouse began with my apprenticeship in 1967 and continued in the subsequent eleven years as I became an Equity Stage Manager and Scenic artist. The theatre was a simple summer stock company then, doing eleven shows in ten weeks. At that time, I was able to live and work in New York or teach in universities in the winter and work at the Playhouse in the summers. After completing graduate school, I headed design programs at The University of Florida and the University of South Carolina where I also served as the Departmental Director of Graduate Studies. The Playhouse hired me in 1985 as the Resident Scene Designer, and I joined the full-time staff in 2000 when the season had begun extending beyond the summer into fall and spring. Flat Rock Playhouse now runs nearly year-round. In addition to my work in North Carolina, I have designed both in regional theatres as well as in New York and have designed a number of premiere works for theatre as well as musical theatre and opera. I am a member of United Scenic artists, New York Local #829.
Although I frequently draw or paint portraits, I derive much joy in art from synthesizing my interests in nature, music, and literature. Working in various styles and media, I enjoy exploring aesthetic relationships between objects in nature and the effects of time. Cyclical aspects of our universe, musical iconography, and literary allusion all inspire my work.
Born into a family of musicians and teachers, I have spent my life drawing, painting, designing, writing, playing the flute, and teaching. In addition, I like studying foreign languages. Fortunately one activity does not preclude the other. I have finished my first (as yet, unpublished) novel, begun writing a book about the Playhouse, and have recently had an article published in the Our State Magazine of North Carolina.
My career has thus far spanned 45 years and provided ample opportunity for growth and perspective. I consider myself fortunate to have met and worked with many wonderfully talented and dedicated friends and colleagues – an inspiring and supportive extended family.