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I recently entered into rehearsals for Venus in Fur at Theaterworks Hartford.  Venus in Fur is a new play by David Ives, of whom I’ve been a fan for decades. He’s a terrific writer, and this piece is dark and sexy (two things I like!). It digs deep into the psyche and looks at gender and power roles. It’s a terrific piece, but it’s a long way from the whimsically funny Ives plays I first discovered in college. Rob Ruggiero, one of my frequent collaborators, directs.

I’m also thrilled to be co-designing this show with Beth Lake, a recent alum of UC Irvine. Beth has recently moved to the NYC area, and she’s bound for great things. I’m excited to be working with her on this project!

Yesterday was the first rehearsal for Build, a new play I’m designing at The Geffen Playhouse. I’ve been working on it for a couple of months, and it was great to hear it read out loud.  I’ll post more as the piece comes together, but for now, I just want to say that I’m looking forward to working on it, and I’m looking forward to working again with director Will Frears and actor Peter Katona, who have been friends of mine for years.

More work done today on the site, and it’s ongoing. Recent updates since the last post:

  • Restored proper formatting to portfolio entry posts.
  • Added lots new images
  • Move the whole site to the root (so you can type soundandstage.net and go right to me)
  • Text format editing.

Pretty close.  And ready for public consumption.  Consume!

In 2004, just after getting married, I decided it was time for me to have a useful web presence. I had just entered the freelance world, had just moved to New York, and I needed a web place to point directors, artistic directors, and production managers to. Over the course of a few weeks, in between techs and settling into our apartment on 150th St., I taught myself the basics of CSS and built a nice little website from scratch (see the above photo). It was useful to me at the time, and I was pleased to be able to have a site that looked unique and gave me a web profile.

But my web novicehood led me to make some mistakes. I couldn’t easily re-order my profile elements. Their visual identification was lacking. New items were listed at the bottom of the page, not the top. There was no sorting. It didn’t take long before I realized that my site was out of date, and I needed a new web profile.

I talked to a good friend who’s a bit of a web genius, and he offered to build one for me (for free!). He got pretty far along, but then his life got intense and busy, and since I wasn’t paying him, I couldn’t really expect him to prioritize me. I searched around the nets for portfolios that I liked, and while I found plenty of interesting theatre design portfolios, I didn’t find any sound designer or composer sites that I liked. There are plenty out there, but most of them are either too big, two small, too boring, or too ugly. I had specific ideas in mind, see.

So, I started looking for designers to work with me on it. I reached out to a couple, but none of them were quite what I was looking for. All the while, I found that a lot of interesting portfolio sites were being built using WordPress, which is primarily used as a blogging front end. So, after a couple of years of searching unhappily, I discovered that I could buy a WordPress theme and adapt it into what I wanted. So, I did. And this is the result.

I’m still tweaking things, getting pages to show the right information, slowly replacing simple graphic titles with better imagery, but on the whole, this is my new site. Here are some features not to miss:

  • Many of my shows have portfolio pages where you can listen to sample audio and/or watch video
  • There’s a blog feature that I can use to keep in touch about work-related events.
  • All of the images that cycle through the background are photographs that I’ve taken. I’m quite proud of them.
  • I can assign categories to the portfolio items, and you can search by them. It’s an awesome feature – one of the things I was hoping to be able to do.
  • The whole site is expandable, so I can easily add pages, blog entries, portfolio items, etc. without having to wait for (and pay) a developer.

So, welcome to it, poke around, and let me know what you think. It’ll be a while before I get all of the kinks out, but I think it’s ready to go public now.