The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance
hosts the public lecture
Kevin Adams' Big Apple - Lighting Rock and Pop for the Broadway Stage
by alumnus and Tony-award-winning designer Kevin Adams
May 3, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
W.R. Woolrich Laboratories, Room 102 (WRW) (click for map)
Admission is free and open to the public.
The lecture is in conjunction the department’s annual Theatrical Design and Technology Showcase, a retrospective exhibition of student work in costume, lighting, sound, scenic design, costume technology, and theatrical design, on exhibition at the F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN) (click for map)
Theatrical Design and Technology Showcase Opening Reception: May 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
Theatrical Design and Technology Showcase: May 3 – 5 and May 7, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kevin Adams is on the leading edge of the post-incandescent age on Broadway. His work for “Spring Awakening” -- brilliant white light for the 19th-century play's scenes and saturated color from what he calls "electric objects" for the songs -- won him a Tony in 2007. He picked up a second Tony in 2008 for “The 39 Steps” and a third in 2010 for his lighting of the Green Day musical “American Idiot”. Adams holds a B.F.A. in Theatrical Design from The University of Texas at Austin. (Fast Company Magazine)
Adams is a guest artist respondent for the student work exhibited in the Theatrical Design and Technology Showcase. Additional respondents include: Thomas Walsh (president of the Art Directors Guild and Chairman of the Art Directors Film Society), Robert Faires (actor, director, arts editor), Susan Branch Towne (costume designer), Kevin Rigdon (associate director for Houston’s Alley Theatre), Caylah Eddleblute (production designer, art director, property master for Troublemaker Studios), Steve Joyner (production designer, art director, property master for Troublemaker Studios), Nina Proctor (costume designer and costume supervisor for Troublemaker Studios), and Michael B. Raiford (scenic and costume designer).
The Theatrical Design and Technology Showcase celebrates the work of 38 emerging artists, including a 20 foot Rube Goldberg machine, three-dimensional modeling techniques and millinery. The opening reception on May 2 will offer guests an opportunity to view the work and meet with the student artists and guest respondents.