Welcome to Brainerd, Brittany! Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. I met my husband while in undergrad at the University of Central Florida. Shortly after graduating I moved to Seoul, Korea for 2 1/2 years where I taught English speaking test prep. I returned to the states for graduate school at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and received my Master’s degree in Digital Arts and Sciences.
What drew you to working with projections?
Projections can add so many different elements to a performance. They are often associated with scenic and lighting design, and there are certainly elements of both utilized in projections. They can serve as background, textured lighting, atmosphere, mood and even characters. Recently, I designed the projections for A Wrinkle in Time at The Rose Theater in Omaha where projections were used to create 4 different characters that were both supernatural and realistic. It is so easy to get caught up in the spectacle of projections, but my main goal is to make sure everything I do adds value to the story.
How did you start working as a projectionist?
It was at UF I learned about projection design in theatre. The first show I ever designed was dark play, or stories for boys and I received a Barbizon Award for Projection Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. After that I was hooked and have been a freelance projection designer based in Traverse City, MI for the past 6 years.
What is your vision for this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
This is my first time doing the Britten version of Midsummer. I stage managed a performance of the play in high school and it has been so enjoyable revisiting this production 15 years later. My vision for this piece is to use projections as non-literal location and atmosphere. My Master’s thesis was on projection design on non-rectilinear surfaces, so I am always interested in pulling images out of a 2 dimensional world and allowing the characters to live among the design and not simply in front of it, to have an image deconstructed into a feeling rather than a pretty picture.
Do you have any other hobbies? Any hidden talents?
My husband and I are decorating fanatics! Christmas. Halloween. 4th of July. Halloween is the biggest for us in terms of effort we put into our yard display. Last year we had so much fog in our yard that the fire department showed up at our house to make sure there wasn’t a fire. It was awesome.