Posts Tagged ‘Performing Arts’

Usually, I post photos that I have taken myself for Photo Friday.  Today, however, I need to credit Lauren Barlow, Ximena Violante, and James Murphy in addition to myself for the photos.  Honestly, we can’t remember who took what photos since they all got put into an event album.  So, no single photo will be credited.

Blank TEDxStage

The calm before the storm. Our stage under worklight with our TEDx setup. Set design by James Murphy.

Alright, now for the topic!  The photos for this week are from TEDxSwarthmore.  For those of you not familiar with the TED talks, I recommend checking them out here.   TEDxSwarthmore was an event held at Swarthmore College in March.  (March was very busy for me which is why I haven’t posted since then :-/ )  The topic for TEDxSwarthmore was “What Makes a Good Society?”  The talks were all wonderful and all varied.  The event was spear-headed by a small committee of students who did an excellent job not only with wrangling the event itself but also really evolving and learning what really goes in to pulling off such a large-scale and high-profile event.  I came in the very last week approaching the event.  My role was to run the stage and everything that was happening on the live end.  I filled the role of   Producer (for those of you in the corporate events world/sales meetings/etc) or Stage Manager (for those of you in the performing arts world).  To date, I believe that this single event has been my favorite to run.  I love thinking on my feet and this certainly allowed me to flex those feet-thinking muscles.  Also, I got to meet many great people–the speakers, the video production company (TPS), and organizers of the event.  And my performance at the event would have been horrible without the awesome team of my office mates at the LPAC (the managing director, Jim Murphy; lighting supervisor Josh Schulman; Audio engineer-Scott Burgess, technical director/foh supervisor for the day-Tom Snyder, and my rock star students-especially Ximena Violante and Lauren Barlow).

The area I was running the show from, facing the Live stream monitor. The whole event was being Live Streamed.

SM console

My view. That pile of papers was all of my notes for the event, in order. Directly above that you can see the PowerPoint land…this is where Murph operated the PowerPoint for the speakers who did not want to operate it themselves. To the left of the PowerPoint setup you can see through onto the stage.

Amy Cheng's tech

One of the speakers, Amy, rehearsing her talk during the lunchbreak.

a capella group perfoms

View from backstage of one of the a cappella groups from Swarthmore College, Chaverim, performing.

Actor Steven Lang giving his talk.

A student playing the piano during one of the performance sections of the event. Set and lighting by James Murphy.

Murph as PowerPoint operator during the event.

The O makes a perfect frame! This is one of the rockstar students, Lauren Barlow posing after the event.

Discussing the plan for Breakdown with Lauren

That’s me either being ridiculous and snarky or discussing strike (the breakdown of the event) with Lauren.

post TEDxevent

Birds eye view of people chatting onstage after the successful event.


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Why I missed this past week’s Photo Friday… in Photo Form!

Sense Science: The Headlong Performance Institute's Final Showcase. The program cover is shown over shots from the show featuring HPI's class of 2011

The scaffolding we used to rig the lemon and eggs being lit by my side light.

HPI Students Warming up before the final show.

Backbone. Created and directed by Stephi-Lyneice Breining in collaboration with performers Katie Croyle, Amanda Hunt, Adam Kerbel, Alex Romania, and Ilse Zoerb.

An Occupation Piece Created by Adam Kerbel with significant input from the performers: MiMi, Alex Romania, and Anna Szapiro

The performers of HPI's Class of 2011 taking their curtain call at Final Dress.

Working with HPI was such a great experience.  Everyone had such a positive attitude and was truly a joy to work with.  I hope to see them all around and cross paths in the near future!

HPI is currently accepting applications for Fall 2012.  both undergraduates wishing to study away in Philadelphia for a semester and post-bacs can apply, and all students earn a full semester of transferable college credit through partner institution, Bryn Mawr College.

HPI is a mission-driven program of Headlong Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization that relies on contributions from supporters.  Each year, it receives applications from talented young artists who are unable to attend HPI due to financial obstacles.  Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the newly established HPI Scholarship Fund, allowing the opportunity for these amazing artists to be a part of our program.  Donate Here.

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