Associate Technical Director
I’ve been at the Goodman for four seasons. I supervise the Scene Shop [located by White Sox Park] and the construction of our productions. I create construction drawings and supervise our metal workers and carpenters while building said drawings. Then, I supervise the construction and painting phases before everything is put onto trucks to load into the theater.
I saw A Christmas Carol my first year, but I also get the pleasure of being in the technical rehearsals every year, so I get to see it without a full audience present, which is a neat aspect. A Christmas Carol happens at the time of year when we’re ramping up for the major part of our season. We’re very busy, so it’s nice to go back go to the theater and see the show. It gives you a little root back into why you do this and got into this profession in the first place. And there are all the new neat aspects that change every year that I want to see!
It’s live theater—anything can happen, and it does!—so things do break, and we do some maintenance. But we try to stay ahead of things and (as much as we can) predict what could go wrong. When we design a piece of scenery or install something, we think of all different the ways it could fail—and then plan what to do if it does.
My favorite part of the show is what we call “The Scrooge Unit,” which is the set piece that makes up his house. The Scrooge Unit was only a year or two old when I started, and I was handed the responsibility to track how it was being installed. Every year I go through my notes and try to update it, like “What did we learn from last year, and how can we make it quicker?” When it all comes together—it takes about a day and a half, from start to finish—it’s an impressive piece of scenery.