Theatre Experience

As a faculty member at Wyoming Seminary, one of my primary co-curricular responsibilities included working in the theatre program. I served as the technical director of the Buckingham Performing Arts Center and directed full-length, student and student/faculty, stage plays. During my tenure, I directed both Jean Anouilh's Antigone and his Medea, Alfred Uhry's The Robber Bridegroom, and Jim Leonard's The Diviners. I also served as the technical director for school productions of The Music Man, Love's Labor's Lost, Midsummer Night's Dream, and half-a-dozen others.

During the summer holidays, I worked as a stage carpenter for two summer theatre programs. For several seasons, I was a stage carpenter at The Peninsula Players, the oldest professional resident summer theatre in America. "Nestled in a fragrant cedar forest overlooking the waters of Green Bay" not far from Fish Creek, Wisconsin, the company produces five full productions each summer; I built stage elements including scenery and furniture. During several other summers, I was a stage carpenter at Interlochen Arts Camp in the theatre design and technology program. Interlochen, located on a 1200 acre campus south of Traverse City, Michigan, is a full-fledged pre-professional training camp for middle and high school students. As a stage carpenter, I not only built stage sets, but I taught students stage carpentry.

I've also done a bit of playwriting. A one-act play of mine, "Mating Rites," was produced at the University of East Anglia; my Top Gun-meets-the-Coast Guard screenplay, Storm Warriors, remains unsold, now having been overtaken by The Guardian.

Love's Labours Lost, a student/faculty production at Wyoming Seminary:
A young Costard mixes up the letters.