The Ingenuity of Theater Makers

Michael Eddy

As we go to press, awards season for theater is in full swing. A time when we celebrate the achievements of all the nominees and winners, especially in the design and technical categories. But of course the nomination lists reflect only a snapshot of the breadth of incredibly ingenious work being done across the theater community. Not to mention the amazing, but sadly often unsung, craftspeople who have relatively few nomination lists to see their names included on.

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A Very Full Empty Space

Michael Eddy

Theater spaces. There is nothing better than sitting alone in a theater, just contemplating the space around you. I love to sit alone with my thoughts in a theater and just look at it. I love the architecture and structure of theaters and discovering the reasoning behind their design and detailing. It’s more than a purposeful room; it’s a space, even when it is ‘empty’. But a theater is never really empty, even when it is, as we say, ‘dark’. This space is filled with emotion, a sense of purpose, a drive. In its design alone it is full of ideas, details, and expectations. Everyone who enters it—no matter who—theater artisan or audience—brings something to it. Everyone who enters this space will leave something as well, hopefully not hard candy wrappers. Yes, it may look empty, but it’s not. It is filled with the things that make it a theater, it’s merely waiting for the theater artisans to enter and create.

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