Dramatic Production: Concept to Completion


The Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights’ “Trick-or-Treat: A Night of Short Plays” was a huge success, however, it was no simple task. The membership had a study of how a dramatic production is put on, from the initial concept to the actual manifestation of our goal. With the CREATE_space in mind as our performing venue, our creative research began a month before the time in the space. Through brainstorming we hatched the idea of a Halloween themed show and then through workshopping we perfected our pieces. We also researched promotional materials and strategies to get the word out about the show. We used social media as our main platform for this and utilized analytics for the optimum posting time. As time until the show dwindled, the planning got more intense. We started thinking about fundraising, finalizing actors, scripts and completing our...

Pranking Ohio Presents: Intercosmic Love


Intercosmic Love is a musical designed to test the limits of brevity in regard to preparation, and tolerance in regard to those in the audience. For one night only, the Pranking Ohio team along with a few actors entertained a group of about forty individuals in the Baker lounge with a story of romance between a man and an alien dog. While this may sound like any ordinary space romance musical, it differs in the fact that it introduces a subtle communistic message in the beginning of the first act that blossoms into full-on communist propaganda by the close. It was a shocking and entertaining experience for our audience. Pranking Ohio is an AVW web series. We are not a pranking show, rather an absurdist comedy show. The now-defunct name was carried over from the previous year. We decided to put on a musical because we felt we hadn’t yet had something to show for our name and efforts,...

The Waiting Room


This project was a collaboration of Theater and Film students, part of the interdepartmental directing class being taught this semester. As a film student in the class, I was assigned two actors I had never worked with before and we were asked to create and shoot a short scene from a piece of open text. We worked out the characters’ backstories and given circumstances together through several rehearsals. The scene we shot was about a Dorito-loving guy who uses his sock puppet to approach his secret crush. As expected, the resulting scene has some absurd and funny moments, but there is something human underneath it all.

Swimming In The Shallows


Swimming In The Shallows is the most recent production staged by Ohio University’s Division of Theater. This script focuses on love and relationship dynamics in the modern world. A focal point of the production was the use of Projections for many scenes. In the context of the play love even exists between a man and a mako shark. Several scenes take place in an aquarium, which is where the kindling of love between man and shark begins. As the Projection Designer and Director of Photography my biggest challenge was conveying the Aquarium and The Shark character in a realistic way. Using Create Space’s GoPro Hero 3 I was able to capture the footage I needed to convey The Shark (played by actor Alex Nicosia) who is both on screen and on stage. Filming took place in a rock quarry located in Circleville, OH. I chose to film here because the murkiness and visibility of the water...

Exploration in Isadora


In the Special Topics in Theater class offered this past Spring semester, we were assigned a final capstone project with a very open-ended format. My partner (Julian Stapleton) and I decided to use this opportunity to explore a piece of software called Isadora (developed by Troikatronix). The ultimate goal of our work was to develop a functional understanding of both live video editing and show control for theatrical applications, as the School of Theater plans to run projections for future shows via the program. We began by simply watching numerous tutorials and reading the user manual cover to cover, and then completing a LOT of experimental programming (coupled with dozens of screenshots, as the demo version of Isadora does not allow for saving files). Some examples of these screenshots can be seen below. For my own purposes, I decided to focus on mapping parameter control of images...


By Chet Miller

Here in the School of Theatre, for our first show, Mr. Marmalade, the director desired to have the titles of the scenes projected during the transition. To accomplish this, we used the standard front projection spot, which has been a go to in that space (We have had projections in that position for all the shows in the last two years) and again worked for us in this show. Since the world we’re inhabiting is imaginary, the set was a popup book. For the projection surface, we would fly in a chalk board and project the white text onto it to look like chalk writing. All the slides were built in Illustrator and exported as png images for the transparent background. The @lab’s 6k panasonic projector is absolutely amazing in live theatre. It’s actually punchy enough to work in a surprising amount of situations. One of my favourite aspects is the fact we can use the internal...



The @lab is currently lending the Ohio University School of Theatre technology to put on a production of Marisol by Jose Rivera. Using a webcam that we borrowed we have been able to do time lapse video of the set painting and lighting focus of the space.

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