Backdrop and Stage Set :: Union Transfer, Philadelphia

Backdrop and Stage Set :: Union Transfer, Philadelphia

Concept art for Stage Design

Concept art for Stage Design

Set Design :: Irving Plaza, NYC

Set Design :: Irving Plaza, NYC

One of three 10-foot-tall puppets, built to mingle with the crowd.

Hallowmas 2011 concert series

  • theatrical design

Hallowmas 2011 was a concert series in which the band The World/Inferno Friendship Society played four concerts across three states.

As the director, chosen by the band and production company ArKtype, I was in charge of envisioning the connecting theme for all four shows, creating the concepts for various lighting and special effects, hiring a production team to create those effects, scheduling and managing production leading up to the event, and making sure the project stayed under budget.

For the four day series, I produced a concept that would allow the production to touch upon several different aspects of the autumn holiday: the cold, barren landscape produced by the lack of leaves on the trees, as well as the warm hayride-and-cider experience. This concept was mapped out to symbolize death and rebirth, with the festivities slowly progressing from black and white to color.

The first performance, Friday evening, was themed in black and white, with make-up artists standing by with gray face paint and hairspray to subtract color from any concert goer who came out of uniform. The set design and lighting design were also kept to strict neutrals.

The final performance, Monday evening, symbolized the rebirth of the Great Pumpkin (yes, that Great Pumpkin) and used technicolor lighting and set design. At the climax of the show, pneumatics were used to grow over twenty pumpkins on stage out of hidden compartments.