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Rich Haptonstall

Professor of Theater, Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT

The Art of Active Working Metaphors


To FVCC theatre professor Rich Haptonstall, set design is an "active working metaphor": not only does it have to be comparable and representative of real life, but it has to be a living, moving artform. As the three stories in this presentation demostrate, knowing how to use visual cues such as shape, color, and texture allow Haptonstall to illusrate the essence of the play and the characters therin. 

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Cities Influencing Set Design

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 20, 2013

Katherine Chan talks about set design, and the illusions that can be utilized to manipulate our perception of space, both in set design, and real cities. She looks at the architecture of various cultures, and the use of lighting, walls, and openings, to pull people into an environment, whether it is a jungle, or an alleyway.

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The Importance of Play

@ VOL 28 ON JAN 21, 2014

Afer living in San Fransisco for three years, Christina Hug returned to Toronto and founded The Makers Nation, an organization to coalescing the art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world to meet, collaborate, learn and make things. 

It took her by surprise when only kids showed up at "Battle Bot Royal", the first event she put together for adults to use machinaries to make moterized robots 

Since that expereince, she has a new mission - to encourage adults to play more.  She wants to offer the perspective that how work and play can complement each other. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 18, 2014. 

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The World That Doesn't Exist

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 25, 2014

Mark McEntyre// set designer// on the world that doesn’t exist

Mark McEntyre asks the question: does theatre create worlds that don't exist, or does it merely enable the realisation of the imagination? In either case, Mark's role is to construct the imagined space of a set, keeping in mind how the audience will be affected by each detail. 


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Objects, Metaphors, Relationships

@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Laura Boyce is a sculptor, educator, part time baker and proud owner of a budding shoe collection. She will be talking about her most recent body of work.

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Staging Art

@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2016

Jason Hughes, one half of LnJ Tech Services, provides an overview of the services his company offers, from custom lighting and lighting fixtures, to stage and set construction, to AV services. Truly a one stop shop.

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Form Follows Fiction: How Story Drives Design

@ VOL 21 ON AUG 11, 2016

The creation of a bench through story.

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2nd Hand Scenery

@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

"Can you imagine that in a school playground? It would be a wonderful thing to have. At the moment, it's sitting in a landfill."

From "2nd Hand Scenery" from PechaKucha Night Glasgow Vol. 31Matthew Doolan presents 2nd Hand Scenery, a fledgling organization based in Glasgow that aims to find creative ways to help the Scottish entertainment sector reduce the amount of scenery, props, and furniture going to landfill once a production cycle has finished. 2nd Hand Scenery's primary goal is to connect the different elements of the industry with one another, to let the school drama club see what the National Company no longer needs and to facilitate the exchange, to let amateur dramatics groups share a show and to make it as easy as possible for companies and individuals to display their used items before they run out of time and space. 

It was founded by two scenic carpenters who after many years in the industry had become dismayed a the sheer volume of useful materials that are lost due to relentless production cycles and crushing time pressures inherent across the sector. So they decided that something had to be done about it.

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The Importance of Free Play

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Karen Katz has 18 years of experience developing and designing exhibits. Her BA in Anthropology and MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design earned her the position as the Director of Exhibits for the Cleveland Children's Museum. But it was her experience as a parent that taught her the importance of free play which amplified her ability to design truly impactful exhibits for children. 

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@ VOL 14 ON SEP 15, 2018

Asend - Larie has realized performances in ship yards, airplane hangars, beaches and forests using theater to take his audiences to many strange places and on exotic journeys. larry has performed in thunderstorms, been dipped full-bodied in wax and dissected a life-sized cadaver of himself made from see-through gelatin, fruits and vegetables. larry believes that audiences should take risks and that theater companies should be bold in their choice of playing spaces as well as in the material that they present.