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Students will display their work Students will display their work

Behind the Scenes

Design students will showcase their work at the Design and Technology Showcase on May 11.
By SDSU News Team

In the world of theatre and film, the bright lights, elaborate sets and exquisite costumes can really make a show.

The behind-the-scenes world of design technology is revealed at San Diego State University’s 7th annual Design and Technology Showcase from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 11 in the Experimental Theatre.

Student work on display

The Showcase is tradition in the School of Theatre, Television and Film and features the people, props and technology responsible for bringing theatre and film productions to life. This one-day exhibit will feature the work of theatre design and technology graduate and undergraduate students, as well as provide the public an opportunity to speak with each of the students about their work.

“The showcase is a place where our students in design and technology present their work to the world,” said Denitsa Bliznakova, costume designer and professor.

This not only gives those outside of theatre and film a look at the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into bringing these productions to life, but also brings industry professionals to campus to see the students’ work. Professionals often come to this showcase from local playhouses, which can lead to potential job opportunities

“This showcase is a really great way of introducing our young designers to the professional world,” Bliznakova said.

Design and tech success

Third-year design and technology graduate student Conor Mulligan will have his work featured at the showcase. He understands and stresses the importance of this showcase in building local relationships.

“I am interested in solidifying the current relationships I have in the San Diego theatre community,” said Mulligan. “I loved working in the San Diego theatre community and want to continue collaborating with the people I had the pleasure to work with.”

Mulligan plans on showing five of his projects that demonstrate his full skillset, which includes photos, lighting examples and 3-D renderings.

“I am planning on showing the strongest produced work I have in my portfolio,” Mulligan said.

This will be the case for all students participating in the showcase, as they all want to impress their potential future employers. Other students will feature their work in costumes, writing, scene design and technical direction.

Developing partnerships across campus

In addition, students in the program hope that this showcase will lead to new collaborations that have not happened in quite some time. Bliznakova would like to work with programs such as dance, music or even engineering and hopes this showcase will start the process.

“I hope other parts of our university are interested in what we do so that we can start collaborating together,” Bliznakova said. “I want everyone to know that the doors are open to both theatre and non-theatre people.”