In 2017 we, as women, are constantly barraged by images of cinched waists, thigh gaps, and the “perfect ratio” of breasts to hips. The mainstream media markets this unattainable standard of beauty to women and girls of every age. But this attack on self-esteem is nothing new. In 1964, Violet set out to find the healing touch of a televangelist preacher. She wanted God to replace her face so that she might be as beautiful as the women she saw on the silver screen. However, as the journey goes on, Violet’s unconventional appearance gives way to her unconventional personality which fosters an unconventional romance with an unconventional man. This man, Lieutenant Grady Fliggins, an African American and an fellow outcast, shines a light so that Violet can see there is more to her than meets the eye.
The projected media for this production provided a backdrop for Violet’s journey. The imagery is hazy, saturate and evocative, embodying Violet’s emotional reactions to her stops along the way. Weathered and imperfect, old wooden crates with chipped facades provided the inspiration for the texture and feeling of the content. In the end, we see that by letting go of our prejudices based on appearance, we can create a more inclusive, loving world.
The Clarence Brown Theatre's production of South Pacific focused on the art of the traditional American musical. With mostly two-dimensional scenery and a painterly quality to all of the designs, the show was reminiscent of its predecessors.
The projection design featured artwork selected by the scenic design that I modified in order to match the quality of the painted scenery and the atmospheric work of the lighting designer.
Higher Ground, a community performance initiative based in Harlan County, Kentucky,
collects stories from their region, adapt them into plays, and present them to their community to foster discussion and positive change.
Their fifth production, Find a Way, addresses the educational system in their community. This production featured local designers and directors. It was key that the media content was directly sourced within the community from local archives, local photographs, and site visits. The black and white images throughout the show indicate emotional response and location that breaks into color with the hopeful final number "What's Next?".