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Storytelling within the theatre: how the work of the projection designer pushes the boundaries of art, collaboration, and technology

Spinogatti, Joseph (2017) Storytelling within the theatre: how the work of the projection designer pushes the boundaries of art, collaboration, and technology. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis examines the role, art, and contribution of a projection designer within a theatrical design process. The research encompassed a self-reflective analysis on my time as projection design student at the University of Pittsburgh, with the hope of synthesizing many of the lessons learned into one possible approach to projection design. This document contains examinations of four productions: the Broadway production of American Psycho, the University of Pittsburgh Stages’ productions of Nine and “Aglaonike’s Tiger,” and the Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts’ production of The Who’s Tommy. When examining both my work as a projection designer and my work on teams with other designers, three questions served as the guideposts for the analysis. They were: 1) How do projections change how stories are told and how can they be used to propel story; 2) How does a projection designer fit into the theatrical collaborative process; and 3) How does a projection designer use and push the boundaries of technology in theatre? After studying the projection design of the four shows, I found that the work of a projection designer can play a large, and sometimes very integral role within theatrical storytelling. Additionally, the exploration into my previous work allowed me to see threads between each show, from techniques to different design methodologies, that I brought from one show to the next.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Spinogatti, JosephJoe@JoeSpinogatti.comJPS1100000-0003-1593-6891
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDuggan, Annmarieduggan@pitt.eduduggan
Committee MemberCroot, Cynthiaccroot@pitt.educcroot
Downs, Giangdowns@pitt.edugdowns
Date: 22 May 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 14 April 2017
Approval Date: 22 May 2017
Submission Date: 8 May 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 67
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Theater Arts
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: theater theatre projections art design collaboration designer technology video media
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 15:55
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 15:55


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