The following is a list of questions we often
about our design work and how we work together as a
couple. If you have any questions that are not answered
here, please feel free to call or email us.
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How do you work as a team?
We have never really been able to explain how we work together. It just happens.
We know each other's strengths and weaknesses and therefore gravitate to certain
things that need to get done. We rarely have to discuss who is going to do what. It
Typically we both read the script, listen to the music, etc. We then discuss ideas
and work off of each other to discover all the possibilities for the design. After that,
one of us works on the drafting and paperwork, and the other proofreads all the work.
Once we are in the theater, we both lead focus and help with any technical work that
needs to be done. Usually, just one of us keeps track of changes to the plot. When we
start to write cues, we are both in communication with the light board operator. Usually
one of us gets a general look onstage, then we both work to get the details of each cue.
As a team, we have four eyes watching the stage. Most of the time, we think alike enough
that in pressure situations during tech, any change one of us makes is acceptable to the
How do you work as a couple?
We have had an amazing relationship ever since the first day we met. We can spend 24
hours a day together and not get tired of each other. We rarely argue and quickly resolve
any disagreements. This probably sounds too good to be true, but it is. Our biggest
arguments usually have to do with taking credit for picking a certain color that worked well
or who was responsible for the best looking cue in the show.
Our personal relationship allows us to work together and support each other to bring out
the best in each of us.
What are the advantages and dis-advantages to working as a team?
There are several advantages to working together. We have the emotional support from each
other when things get stressful. By having two designers, there are twice as many ideas
and solutions. Also, we can double book ourselves and do two shows at once by having one
person tech one show while the other person techs the other.
The main disadvantage to designing together is that we usually have to split the design fee.
Other than that, we have trouble finding any disadvantages.
Do you have a style of design?
We like to approach each production with a blank slate. No two productions have the same
needs. Therefore, we try not to have any preconceived notions of what a show needs.
However, one aspect of design that tends to be consistent for us is the use of a lot of
color. We like the way colors can help create a mood and set a scene. By having more
colors to work with in our plot, we can vary the looks throughout a show and avoid monotony.
In musicals and less realistic plays, we like the way color can romanticize a show.