From curtain to camera — and, in reality, working behind both of those things — the production aspect of any live entertainment has always intrigued me. And, as you'll find below, I've had a bit of experience.
DIRECTING SPECIAL ELECTION SHOW
TV-10 News at Illinois State University is Bloomington-Normal's only live television newscast that airs five days a week during the semester. Occasionally, special shows are produced — including an election show for the 2020 elections. I was selected as one of two production students to co-direct the 60-minute show.
The show was supervised by News Director Laura Trendle-Polus and Production Coordinator Bob Carroll; anchored by Andrea Ricker and Lizzie Seils; and directed by Scott Chambers and Hunter Scott Thomas.
THE DIRECTOR REEL
Formerly, I worked extensively in theatre production as a student. Now, theatre production is more of a passion of mine. But there is something special in experiencing firsthand how an audience can be made to feel certain emotions or react in different ways based on the mood set on stage — and these concepts are ones I use in my work to this day. Plus, learning to work effectively with a range of diverse individuals may be something only stage-managing can teach.