Fundamentals of Design
THEA 003. Fundamentals of Design for Theater and Performance
This course offers an introduction to creative aspects of designing scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound for theater and performance with emphasis on the correlation of text, imagination, and space. In a collaborative classroom setting, the students will have the opportunity to explore individual ideas and transform these into a design that is cohesive and relevant to a production. The lab component of the course will provide a broad introduction to the technical aspects of theater production. The course is designed to serve all students regardless of prior experience in theater production.
About the Professor
Matt Saunders is a Barrymore Award Winning performer, scenic designer, and a creator of new performance work, and the proud recipient of the 2007 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist.
Matt is a graduate of Scuola Internazionale dell' Attore Comico, conducted by Master teacher Antonio Fava in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Matt is a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of New Paradise Laboratories, an OBIE Award-Winning experimental theatre company based in Philadelphia. He has been involved in the creation of all of NPL's work through both scenic design and performance. This work has included The Fab 4 Reach the Pearly Gates, performed at P.S. 122 in NYC as well as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Prom, a co-production with the Tony Award-Winning Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis and BATCH, at the 2007 Humana Festival for New American Plays at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Most recently for NPL, Matt co-created and designed Fatebook, which was selected for the United States' professional pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial 2011.
Outside of NPL, Matt has designed over seventy shows in nine years, forty-two of which were new and original performance works. He has designed for such companies as The Wilma Theater, The Walnut St. Theatre, The Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, 1812 Productions, Brat Productions, Headlong Dance Theatre and Pig Iron Theatre Company. His most recent scenic design for Pig Iron was Hell Meets Henry Halfway, which has been produced in Philadelphia, Warsaw, Lublin, Lithuania and in NYC where it received an OBIE Award for Outstanding Overall Production.
Starting with the class of 2014, this course fulfills a general requirement for all theater majors and minors and is open to all students without prerequisite.