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Rich Haptonstall

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

Rich Haptonstall has spent the last 30 or so years teaching and creating theatre in various parts of the country, including California, Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia and most recently Montana. Throughout those 30 years he has directed, designed, or acted in more than 100 plays. Some of his favorites are Man of LaMancha, Wit, The Crucible, The Pillowman and Equus, and Shades of Orcus. This is his ninth year as a Professor of theatre at Flathead Valley Community College. Rich’s wife and two daughters, while quite theatrical in their own right, keep him firmly grounded in reality.

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The Art of Active Working Metaphors

BY RICH HAPTONSTALL
@ VOL 4 ON APR 05, 2018

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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PAST VOL 4

Kalispell @ Highline Design Company
Apr 05, 2018