The above image is the set from Arts Umbrella’s production of SpongeBob Squarepants: The Musical.
Set & Props Design: Monica Emme
Lighting Design: Harika Xu

Calling all aspiring theatre and film technicians! We are happy to present the Pro-D Day Stagecraft workshop series – an opportunity for students ages 13-19 to explore specific areas of Stagecraft, taught by working industry professionals.⁠

The fifth workshop in the series is Video Projection and Media Design! This workshop will be instructed by Matthew Piton (Flamenco Rosario, Arts Umbrella, Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, Ballet BC).

April 22, 2024⁠
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM⁠
Arts Umbrella Granville Island⁠

The youngest of all theatrical mediums, projection can be used in theatrical production to meet a variety of needs: sometimes it is used to extend 3D scenery, other times it is used as a complete replacement for dimensional scenery, and there are times when it is used as an atmospheric element, lending subtle depth that reinforces the emotional landscape of the show. Projection and media design is an exciting and challenging field that uses high-tech hardware and software in the creation and projection of still and moving images, drawing from and building upon practice that has become commonplace in theatrical lighting and sound design and control.

Students will learn how to source and create still and moving imagery and media content while discovering how to edit or manipulate the content to use within the projection environment. Students will also learn about projector basics, system configuration and control & playback software. The workshop will culminate in final individual presentations that may be a large-scale projection, a multi-surface project, or projection mapping on a scale model.

Each student will be supplied with a computer workstation for the day.

About the instructor:

Matthew Piton is a Lighting, Sound, Projection and Set Designer, as well as a Stage Manager and Technical Director working actively in the theatre community in B.C.  Matthew completed a BA in theatre specializing in Design and Production at the University of the Fraser Valley. In 2020 he graduated from UBC with an MFA in Theatre Design and Production. His Thesis project was lighting design for Timothy Findlay’s The Wars. Matthew has worked with companies including Arts Umbrella, Flamenco Rosario, Bard on the Beach and the Arts Club Theatre Company, and he continues to work as Lighting Director with Ballet BC and as lead technician with Arts Umbrella. He has also taught in the theatre department at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Limited spots are available.

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Date & Time: Location: Event Information:
April 22
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Arts Umbrella Granville Island