Design for the Performing Arts

Our newest subsite features the designs by both students and faculty for the productions produced by the Washington University Performing Arts Department. Washington University offers a wide variety of classes in scenic design, lighting design, costume design, stage makeup, stage management, scenic painting, and sound design taught by professionals regularly working in the field.  We also like to feature works from our distinguished alumni who have gone on to succeed in various design fields. 

Click the blue title above to see the amazing works of our students and faculty.

April 5, 2012

Robert Mark Morgan Featured in April 2012 Stage Directions Article on Scrim

Because it’s a woven material “Scrim is not a cheap material,” says Robert Mark Morgan, professor of scenic design at Washington University in St. Louis who has designed shows for the American Conservatory Theatre and Magic Theatre in San Francisco and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. “Only two places in the country do the weaving, so you need to keep that in mind when it comes to your budget. I like to use scrim as a softener—you can hang, say, a painter’s drop, and light it to get a nice night SFX. The scrim can really tone down a drop.” Muslin can be a good, affordable choice of material when you’re looking for true translucency—make sure to choose loose weave for best results.

Young Choreographers Showcase

The fifth edition of this biannual dance event will feature the choreographic talent of Washington University's best student artists. Join us for an evening of engaging new dance works, representing the diversity of style and the excellence of our dance program. For more information, check out The Record

Showing April 6-8.
Purchase tickets by phone (314) 935-6543 or online.

Radio Free Emerson


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Washington University Dance Theatre: Kinetic Field Work, 2011

March 9, 2012

Student Thesis Spotlight: Rachel London

My senior thesis is a study of how Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal created new theatrical methods to encourage social change. In addition to discussing Brecht’s Epic Theatre techniques and Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed,’ I focus on how what Brecht and Boal discussed in their theoretical writings did not always coincide with what they produced in practice, and what consequences this may have caused in terms of their ultimate goal of inciting social change.

February 27, 2012

Student Project Spotlight: Andrea Roberts

My senior project, "It Does Ripple," is a coming-of-age story that depicts the lives of four women who are preparing to enter the real world.  Through the dancers' interactions with each other and memories of the past, the audience will see the emotional roller coaster that they are experiencing.  It has been a delight working with both my friends from home and from Washington University on this piece, and I hope the audience enjoys my story.