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UW-Eau Claire Professor Displays
Theatrical Design Work at Public Library

 MAILED:  Feb. 11, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Jody Sekas, assistant professor and scenic and lighting designer in the department of music and theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is currently exhibiting his theatrical design work in a show titled “Willing Suspension of Disbelief” at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. The show will run through Feb. 25.

The exhibit shows some of the “behind-the-scenes” design processes that Sekas has employed in the past to help transport audiences into other periods, times, locations and characters’ lives. Because a complete interactive environment is created for an audience for only a few hours a night, Sekas jokingly refers to theatrical design as “four-dimensional sculpture.”

Sekas describes scenic and lighting design as challenging and exciting, requiring script and character analysis, research, drawing, painting, sculpting and interior design.

Sekas previously worked for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Western Stage, The Omaha Theater Co. for Young People and as resident scenic and lighting designer at the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse for 4 ½ years. He also is on the board of directors of the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild.

For more information, contact the information and reference desk at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, (715) 839-5004.


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Updated: February 11, 2004