KL@GZ Video Miscellaneous Stuff KL@GZ Sound KL@GZ Costumes The Scenery Uncle Sam Links KL@GZ Logos Final Presentation The Script Scene List & Sketches Concept Statement KL@GZ Design Team KL@GZ Homepage
Purdue University Theatre Division
King Lear Links  Ground Zero Links  OISTAT  

Jesse Dreikosen Richard K. Thomas Timothy J. Rogers David Swenson Stephanie Shaw Matthew Gowin Justin Seward Kristy McManus

Matthew Gowin -- Lighting

MATT GOWIN (Lighting Designer): Matt is a second year MFA candidate who did his undergraduate work at the University of Indianapolis. At Purdue he has designed Sueño    (KC/ACTF Region III presentation), Our Town    and Little shop of Horrors    . At U of I, Matt designed lights for The Man of LaMancha    , Coming Home    (premiere), Cat’s Cradle    (premiere), and A Day in the Wife of Avery Mann    (American premiere). He assisted designer Laura Glover on Dance Kaleidoscope’s Carmina Burana    and the EdyVean Repertory Theatre’s Galileo    . Matt co-designed lights for Steel Magnolias    with Joann Johnson, also at the EdyVean. He has assisted Ryan Koharchik on The Tempest    at Purdue University and will be co-designing To Kill a Mockingbird    with Ryan next spring. He has done lighting for numerous dance pieces with the Purdue Repertory Dance Company and Dance Connection in Indianapolis. He plans to work in the field of concert design upon completion of his degree in addition to his theatrical endeavors.


Kristy Lee McManus -- Costumes

Kristy is a third year Costume Design MFA candidate at Purdue University. She is currently working on her terminal project costume designs for To Kill a Mockingbird   , which opens at Purdue in February.

Other Purdue costume designs include Sueno ,  Our Town   ,  Slow Dance on the Killing Ground  ,  and Museum  .

Other favorite designs include Ruthless!  ,  Eleemosynary  ,  and Dragon Woo Ree   at Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede Colorado.

Kristy also had the opportunity to assist New York designer Margaret McKowen on a production of The Tempest this summer at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock Arkansas.

Upon completion of her degree in May, Kristy will hopefully find herself working at a major regional theatre.

Special thanks need to go out to her husband who's commitment and love have been a saving grace this past semester.


Timothy J. Rogers -- Video/WebDesign

T.J. is a first year graduate student in Computer Graphics Technology. T.J. began his career in showbiz as a homeless street performer in the early 90's on "The Ave" in Seattle's University District.  Apparently too proud to just beg for spare change, he discovered that "hamming it up" on The Ave was a reasonable alternative that even restored him with some sense of personal dignity.

By 1994 he somewhow managed to clown his way into the University of Washington where he earned a B.A. in theatre from the School of Drama. While at the U.W., he worked on several U.W. productions including, All Powers Necessary and Convenient  , and The Loves of Cass McGuire   .

After graduation T.J. spent several years as a professional stagehand in the greater Seattle area (I.A.T.S.E. local 15) where he worked and experienced the live professional entertainment industry during a "boomtime" and was fortunate to work in a wide variety of venues and formats.

T.J. is probably best know for the conception, direction, and production of the Univeristy District's April Fools Day Pageant    (1996-2001), a celebration honoring the "roots" of his face-first journey across this strange stage of fools.




Justin Seward -- Scenery

Justin is a first year graduate scene designer at Purdue. He has just graduated Cum Laude from Frostburg State University in western Maryland where he majored in technical theatre and design. At FSU, he designed various shows such as Torch Song Trilogy, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost; as well as directing The Fantasticks. Justin has also spent the past several summers working in summer stock for the Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York as a stage manager and scene designer. This past summer he designed their production of Sweeney Todd, as well as being scenic artist for productions of Carmen and Fiddler on the Roof. In January, Justin had the great opportunity to design a touring production of Hansel and Gretel for the Fort Worth Opera. This season he was the scenic designer for The Diviners.


Stephanie Shaw -- Costumes

Stephanie Shaw is a third year graduate student in Costume Technology at Purdue University. She will obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree in May of 2003. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at West Virginia University in Theatre Design and Technology. As a technology major, Stephanie has developed skills in costume construction, puppet construction, millinery, mask making, and textile construction. She believes a greater knowledge in the construction of a costume and all of its components improves the development the costume's design. Stephanie has constructed costumes for many productions at both West Virginia University (WVU) and Purdue University (PU). Her design credits include Broadway at WVU, The Glass Mendacity at PU, and South Pacific at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ. Most recently, as her terminal project for completion of her MFA, Stephanie designed and constructed the puppet plant, Audrey II, for Purdue Univ ersity's production of Little Shop of Horrors.


David Swenson -- Sound

A graduate of Brigham Young University, David is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sound design and technology from Purdue University.

Included in his many sound design and engineering credits are, BYU’s productions of Children of Eden and My Fair Lady, Purdue’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, as well as the 25th anniversary national tour of Saturday’s Warrior. David also worked as a sound engineer for the host broadcast company at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. Most recently David worked as a sound designer and engineer at Tuacahn, an award winning outdoor theater located in Southern Utah. Tuacahn’s 2002 summer season included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Annie Get Your Gun, and UTAH!

David would like to thank his wife and son for all of their love and support.



Jesse Dreikosen -- Scenery










Richard K. Thomas -- Project Director

Rick has composed sound scores for over eighty theatre productions, including King Lear at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Twelfth Night at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and, most recently, a Cymbeline at Chicago's Roosevelt Theatre. He has designed sound for many productions across the United States including the Perry Street Theatre in New York, Wisdom Bridge in Chicago, Stiemke Theatre in Milwaukee, Louisiana State University Theatre, Loretto Hilton Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival of Cleveland, Baltimore Experimental Theatre Festival, and Indianapolis Repertory Theatre in Indiana. His design for Athol Fugard's The Island was performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland. His sound score for Little Guys, was performed at Fringe Festivals across Canada. He also composed music themes for the Indianapolis 500 mile race in such programs as "The Road to Indy," and "Great Indy Moments" on ESPN, and "Countdown to Indy," which were syndicated internationally. He has also designed and consulted on many sound systems, including the planetarium at the largest children's museum in the world, the Indianapolis Children's Museum. He designed the state of the art computer controlled sound system for The Battle of Tippecanoe Outdoor Drama, for which he subsequently composed the musical score.

He is a two-time winner of the Indiana Master Artist Fellowship in 1991 and 1993. His studio, Zounds Productions has been involved in the production of over twenty-five albums, which have received favorable reviews in such publications as Creem Magazine and Billboard, among others. He co-produced Carrie Newcomer's national release on the Rounder/Philo label, Visions and Dreams. He has lectured and exhibited across the United States on Theatre Sound Design, and internationally in Canada, Italy, Germany, and Israel, and is published in such distinguished journals as the Acoustical Society of America, and the Audio Engineering Society. In 2002 he won the USITT Herbert D. Greggs Award for outstanding journal article. He is the past Sound Commissioner for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and a member of the New York Sound Designers group in IATSE Local 1 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employess, New York Sound Designer's Local). He is currently the United States official delegate to the OISTAT (Organization of International Scenographers, Technicians, and Architects for the Theatre) Scenography Commission, and the chair of the International OISTAT Sound Working Group.

Rick received his BA degree from Michigan State University and his MFA from Purdue University. He has been involved in the creation of over 100 original one act radio dramas, many of which have aired on the Radio Drama series he created for National Public Radio affiliate, WBAA. He recently presented, The Creature his third full length play, the other two being a 60's retro-rock musical This Is My Country based on Aristophane's Lysistrata, and the punk rock musical Awakening, which was performed at Purdue University in 1993. Original one act plays include And Now, Mr. Lincoln, a one person show he has toured in the Midwestern United States, Bloodbath of the Living Dead in 3D (adapted from the John Pielmeyer play, Splatterflick), and Know Blood for Oil, a performance art piece which he created for The War Mosaic at Wells Cultural Center in 1991. He is currently developing a new play about cloning, class and civilization, called Entropics, designing the sound for the United States Theatre Design Exhibition for the 2003 Prague Quadrennial, and a member of the organizing committee for the OISTAT Educom Scenofest activities at the Prague Quadrennial.













    KL@GZ Team Support