Set Design Portfolio
Examples of environment and set designs I have done for business and theatre.
Set design for the WildClaw Theatre production of The Revenants at Angel Island in Chicago.
Set piece design of a specialized vampire crypt for the WildClaw Theatre production of Carmilla at the DCASE Storefront Theatre in Chicago.
Scale model for a nightclub venue with a stage.
Set design for WildClaw Theatre's production of The Dreams In The Witch House at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
The Revenants Set Design
The set model to scale for The Revenants. We used this to determine how the distressed wall which collapses at the beginning of the show will affect the lighting and movement for the remainder of the play.
We used the set model to work out the many lighting changes required to show the passing of time during The Revenants.
The lit foamcore set model juxtaposed with the actual scene from the play, The Revenants.
The full set for The Revenants. The distressed wall on the right gets that way at the opening of the play because of a car crashing into the building. It is reset again for the next performance.
Carmilla Vampire Crypt Design
This set piece had to serve as a table, bench, bed, and crypt during the play. It's 7' x 3' top had nowhere to go when the lid was removed. To solve that I created a split lid.
The actor entered the scene hidden from below, pushing the two lids up and out. I still had to find a place for the lids that did not interrupt scene by having to place them somewhere nor have them in the way on top of the platform.
The two parts of the lid were designed to slide down channels along the side of the crypt to securely get them out of the way for the rest of the play. This required two people below moving control systems to bring them down smoothly. Worked every night!
The crypt was built offsite and put in place after the main set was in place.
Nightclub Stage Design
Foamcore scale model of the space and the stage used to determine audience size, sight lines, band accessibility, and crowd movement patterns to the bar.
Actual framework of the stage as it is built to specifications.
The stage is set to the left in the finished nightclub.
The bar along the back wall of the nightclub had a custom design that incorporated three classic guitars shapes inlaid onto the surface.
The final complete bar top design with a Les Paul, Flying V, and Stratocaster guitar design.
The Dreams In The Witch House Set Design
In the foam care scale model I had a raised floor that was later produced by an optical illusion in paint to save time and money.
The Witch House set required several entrances and working special effects built into the walls of the set.
The final set was meant to instill unease through angles and colors as it was described in H.P. Lovecraft's novel.