ENTRANCE TO THE BACKSTAGE
SET DESIGN EXHIBITION
PROFESSOR: ANN TARANTINO
LOCATION: PENN STATE ZOLLER GALLERY
What people don’t see backstage controls the show. Entrance To The Backstage unveils the mystery of scenography and creates an entrance point for the public to access the design and technology of the “backstage.”
The scenography functions as the additional character for any story because it establishes the settings and driving the performance. The term “scenography” includes all of the elements that contribute to establishing an atmosphere and mood for a theatrical presentation: lighting, sound, set, and costume design. This exhibition focuses especially on the set side of it. Set designers in the exhibition range from Tony prize winner Bob Crowley, Christopher Oram, Beowulf Boritt to mid-career designers Paul Clay, Neil Patel, and Michael Griggs. Works on view include videos, models, sketches that review both the process of designing and the final production. As the art of narrative, the set design work will bring the audience into different theater worlds.