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If I Knew Then... The Designers' Panel
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If I Knew Then...  The Designers' Panel

When: Monday, September 23, 2019
5:30 PM
Where: StageSource Offices
StageSource; Suite 103
15 Channel Center Street
Boston, Massachusetts  02210
United States
Contact: Program Director

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“If I Knew Then……”   The Designers' Panel

Monday, September 23rd 5:30PM – 7:30PM

@ StageSource Offices

New England sits on a gold mine of experts in multiple artistic fields, so let’s start mining.  Join us as we come together, spill the tea, share, and build on each other’s collective career experiences.  Collaboration is the name of the game, and the goal is grassroots knowledge for all.  Join Stage Source for conversations with established and early career artists on the art of designing and building a career in New England.

Moderator, Eliott Purcell, will lead a conversation with designers Cristina Todesco (Scenic), Dewey Dellay (Sound), Karen Perlow (Lighting)Amanda Mujica (Costumes), Joe Stallone (Props), Jenna McFarland Lord (Scenic), and Jorge Arroyo (Lighting) followed by audience Q&A.   


Registration for Stage Source Members is $10

Registration for Non Members is $25

Seating is limited, please register early.

*We have two financially supported slots available.  Please apply here. Contact with any questions.


Moderator Bio:

ELIOTT PURCELL is a local actor, technician,and artist. His work behind the scenes includes lighting, scenic, sound, projections and makeup design. As a technician,  Eliott has worked for numerous Boston Theatre Companies, including SpeakEasy, Lyric, Greater Boston Stage, Huntington, ART, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, among others. As a Designer, Eliott's work has been featured at the Boston Center for the Arts, Newton Theatre Company, Boston College, the Abraham Society and others.  Eliott is also an actor for Film and Theatre in Boston and New York. Education: Boston College '14.


Panelist Bios:

CRISTINA TODESCO is a scenic designer working in both theater and film, based in Boston. On stage, her work has been seen with Actor's Shakespeare Project, ART Institute, Boston Playwrights, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood with the BSO, Boston University, Company One, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage, Harbor Stage, Harvard University, Huntington Theatre Company, Israeli Stage, Merrimac Repertory Theater, New England Conservatory, New Repertory Theater, Olney Theater Center, Orfeo Group, Poet's Theater, Shakespeare and Company, Speakeasy Stage Company, Stoneham Theater, Suffolk University, Summer Play Festival, Trinity Rep, Wheelock Family Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, among others.  For Outstanding Design, she is the recipient of four Eliot Norton Awards for The Clean House (New Rep), Twelfth Night (ASP), The Aliens and The Flick (Company One), an IRNE Award for appropriate(Speakeasy) and the Lois Roach Award for outstanding commitment to the Boston theatre community.  In film, Ms. Todesco worked as a set designer on the feature Black Mass.  As a scenic artist, Ms. Todesco has worked on many feature films, including The Crucible, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, The Perfect Storm, The Brotherhood, Underdog, 21, The Pink Panther 2, The Box, The Hatfields and McCoys, Mall Cop, Zookeeper, The Forger and The Equalizer. Most recently she worked as an Assistant Art Director and set designer on the feature film Black Mass. She worked as a scenic charge artist for 6 years in the 1990’s at VDA, the Event Design Group, during which time she managed projects for installations and clients that include “Waterfall” for L.L Bean, Freeport, ME, “Bourbon Street” for Jordan’s Furniture, Natick, MA, “Arthur, the World Tour” permanent and nationwide traveling shows for the Boston Children’s Museum, “The Woods” for the Cincinnati Children’s Museum, Houston Grand Opera, and Radio Disney. She currently teaches at Boston College and Boston University and is a member of USA Local 829.

DEWEY DELLAY is a contemporary television and film composer and sound designer. He composed music for five seasons of the television show Our America with Lisa Ling, shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and is now contributing music toThis Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.  He has also been the composer for many National Geographic Television Explorer shows, Discovery Channel'sMiami Jails , and has been commissioned by Hans Zimmer's Bleeding Fingers to compose music for the show Alaska State Troopers, among others. In addition, he has composed for numerous national commercials and indie films.  In theater Dewey's accomplishments include an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design and an IRNE award for Best Sound Design. His credits as a sound designer and composer include theater productions on Off- Broadway, in London’s West End, and in Boston.  Dewey was born in Stamford CT, attended Berklee College of Music for composition and arranging, and NYU for psychology. As a performing musician he studied contemporary bass with Dave Holland and classical bass with Larry Wolfe of the BSO. He has taught music design and production courses at New England Institute of Art and private instruction at Columbia University Teachers College. 

KAREN PERLOW has designed the lighting for over 200 productions while based in Boston for over 25 years,.  Her work has been seen at Boston Symphony Orchestra, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Speakeasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, New Rep, Boston Playwrights’ Theater, Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, and Shakespeare & Company.  Karen has taught Lighting Design at MIT and Northeastern University, and has been a guest designer at Boston Conservatory, Boston College, Brandeis University, and Emerson College. She is proud to serve as the treasurer of the Theater Community Benevolent Fund, and is a member of the United Scenic Artists’ Union. She has recieved several IRNE Awards for Best Lighting Design, and the NYC SOLO Fest 2013.  

AMANDA MUJICA is a Boston-based freelance costume designer and seamstress. In addition to theater, she has designed for dance, film, and opera. She is frequently found working backstage for touring productions needing quick alterations and in her Greater Boston studio doing custom sewing. This fall she designed costumes for "The America Plays" at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Other recent design credits include The Three Musketeers (Front Porch Theater/Greater Boston Stage Company); The Wolves, Stage Kiss, Intimate Apparel and Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Really and An Octoroon (CompanyOne); and Anna in the Tropics, Bootycandy (Speakeasy Stage). She earned a B.S. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.

JOE STALLONE is a Boston-based director, dramaturg, and props/set dressing designer.  Joe holds BA degrees from Boston College in Dramatic Literature and Theatre.  His work has been seen in many area theaters including Central Square Theater, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The New Repertory Theater, Greater Boston Stage Co., SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage (resident props designer for 3 seasons), Bridge Repertory Theater, Hibernian Hall, Boston College University Theater, Poet’s Theater (Albatross world premiere), and Honest Ghost Productions.  Joe also serves on the Board of Directors of Queen Mab – A Micro-Theater.  Directing credits include: Tartuffe (The Umbrella); A Christmas Carol, Asst Dir, Guards at the Taj, Asst. Dir.; Homebody, Asst. Dir. (Central Square Theater); You Are What You Are (Playwright’s Platform); The Graduate, A Little Night Music, Side by Side by Sondheim (AFD Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, The Fantasticks, Lost in Yonkers (TCAN Players); Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Wellesley Players); ART; On Golden Pond (Winchester Players); Plaza Suite (Quannapowitt Players).  Dramaturgy: Guards at the Taj; Arcadia; Journey to the West, (Central Square Theater); Gloucester Stage Company Resident Dramaturg - 2014 season; Witness for the Prosecution; ArlingTEN Short Play Festival (AFD Theater).  Joe’s regional real estate brokerage, J Stallone Realty Group, supports theatre and the arts through its “Refer-a-Friend” Arts Contribution Program.

JENNA MCFARLAND LORD is a scenic designer and teacher based in Boston. Some area credits include:  Resident set designer from 2002-2013, Selected Credits: 39 StepsNew Electric Ballroom, Spring Awakening,Living TogetherTable Manners, Trying, Breath of Life, Doubt: A Parable, The Belle of Amherst, My Old Lady, Dinner with Friends, LifeX3, Spinning into Butter, The Loman Family Picnic (Gloucester Stage Co.In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre) Shakespeare in Love, Grand Concourse, Bootycandy, Big Fish, The Color Purple,In The Heights,The Drowsy Chaperone, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood(SpeakEasy Stage Company); The Roommate, Warrior Class, Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life (Lyric StageSomething’s AfootSteel MagnoliasThe Porch, Guys on Ice, The Mousetrap (Stoneham Theatre); Paradise,The Convert (Elliot Norton for Best Production 2016) (Central SquareTheatre); Collected Stories, Cherry Docs (New Repertory Theatre); CabaretThree Penny Opera, The Full Monty, Twelfth Night, Cosi Fan Tutte (Boston Conervatory)The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth(Actors Shakespeare Project); Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory);Off-Broadway:The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath (New York Playwrights’ Lab) Man in Snow (La Mama). Ms. McFarland Lord is currently the set design teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s public high school for the arts. 

JORGE ARROYO has been a freelance lighting designer for over 20 years, working in a variety of disciplines ranging from theater, dance, corporate events, concerts, and television. His work has been seen at venues such as The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, The Public Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, HERE, La Mama, and others. He has previously served as the Resident Lighting Designer for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, and Luna Stage. He has created designs for over 50 shows at both the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center for artists such as Alicia Keys, Gabriel Iglesias, The Wayans Brothers, The Chieftains, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Paquito D'Rivera, Phoebe Snow, Stanley Jordan, Kenny Garrett, Jackie Mason, and others. He has also worked with choreographer Stacey Tookey, three-time Emmy nominee for her choreography on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, on her production of Moments Defined in both New York and California. Upcoming projects include Native Gardens at TheatreSquared and Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra for Odyssey Opera at the Huntington Avenue Theater. In 2004 he was selected by Lighting Dimensions Magazine for feature in an article on "designers to watch" and has co-authored the last three versions of the Lightwright manual and tutorial, the industry standard software for tracking lighting paperwork. Jorge received his MFA from New York University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Boston University and is a member of USA Local 829.


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