Why did you choose to come to Rutgers?
Rutgers has a prestigious theater program. It was close to home and affordable.
What have you learned at Mason Gross?
Among many other things, I’ve learned how to study a script and find inspiration to create on stage a believable period, location, and atmosphere. Details taken from the script help you to draw plans for sets, lighting, and costuming the actors.
Overall, the skills I’m gaining are really versatile. I can use them in theater, movies, television, and even nontheatrical arts. I really love that about the program.
Tell us about the sets you’ve designed.
I worked with the RU-tv network to design and build a set for Wake Up Rutgers, a campus morning talk show. I have designed sets for Jameson Project productions such as Tape and A History of Kites and assisted on several main stage productions at Mason Gross including Marat/Sade and Speech and Debate. I’ve also done volunteer work for a few outside dance and theater productions. The summer before my junior year, I was a production assistant in the art department of the CBS series Blue Bloods.
Tell us about your experience on that set.
It was the first time I worked for a television show, and it was exciting to be a part of it. It was definitely the most fun job I’ve ever held. I mainly ran errands, including delivering plans to the shop, and did research. The art department people were relaxed in attitude but extremely professional. I was even asked for my opinion on several things, which was rather amazing since I was on the lowest rung in the office hierarchy.
What are your future plans?
I want to go out into the professional world and start working. It would be amazing to land design jobs fresh out of school but I will probably start by loading, building, setting up stages and painting. I am also interested in environmental spaces and installation art. I want to try my hand at as many different things as possible and see where life takes me. I'm open to whatever comes my way.