The build might be over, but there is always work to do. We spoke with Good Kids Technical Director and MFA Candidate, Bethany Reinfeld, about her experience at UW.
Is this your final production at UW?
This not my final production at UW. After being Technical Director for Good Kids, I will transition into Assistant Technical Director/ Logistics Coordinator for UT’s production of Legally Blonde The Musical.
What productions have you worked on in the past?
Greater Tuna (UT UW-Madison, 2014)
Richard III (UT UW-Madison, 2014)
Woyzeck (UT UW-Madison, 2013)
Assistant Technical Director:
Summer and Smoke (UT UW-Madison, 2013)
Technical Director/ Scenic Designer:
All the Best, Jack (NovaLight Artistry, 2014)
Broadcast (Intermission Theatre, 2014)
An Evening With Poe (UT UW-Madison, 2013)
Space Voyage: The Musical (Intermission Theatre, 2013)
What draws you to theatre?
The draw of theatre for me is that theatre allows me to constantly be challenged. By forcing me to think of how to solve new ideas everyday, I get to work in an environment that is filled with creative minds that strive to produce a work of art that will affect people and their lives.
As a child my family didn’t have a lot of opportunities to go see live theatre. My elementary school didn’t have a theatre program. It wasn’t until high school that I found theatre. But there was a rare occasion where we did get a chance to see a show. There was a production of A Christmas Carol that was produced at the Guthrie. I can’t recall a lot about this production, however there was one moment during the show that intrigued me. Scrooge is going home from his office and the other characters picked up these fence pieces and the cast would move around stage with them. By doing this it created a path for Scrooge to walk home. As a young kid I understood that this symbolic moment represented a passage of time and place. It didn’t register with me until my final year in Undergrad that this feeling and understanding is what I most enjoy about creating live theatre.
What exactly does a Technical Director do?
The technical director (TD) is the technical manager in charge of assessing, planning, and implementing the monetary, time, and labor needs of a given production or production season within a theatrical environment. All while maintaining a safe, clean and orderly working environment. During the design process the TD is an active participant from first conception all the way through to opening night.
What are the biggest challenges a Technical Director deals with on any given production?
Each production produces a new set of challenges. As TD you never really know what is coming next. However, this is something that as TD you are ready for. The challenge really comes in where as TD you try to walk this thin line between being a designer and producing scenic elements that fit within the time, money, and labor restraints of a production. The challenge that goes with this is how people communicate with others. How to say what you are trying to communicate but still keep the world of the play and creative atmosphere alive.
What do you think the title “Good Kids” refers to?
For me the title Good Kids refers to people who are always viewed as the good kid but in truth there is more to them than just being a good kid.
Do you use social media?
Yes and no. I have a Facebook account but I don’t use it to promote myself. For me its more of a way to stay in touch with my friends. I have Twitter, but I don’t post or even read it anymore.
How do you feel about privacy in the digital age?
What privacy in the digital age?
What about this production…
– Intrigues you?
How technology impacts our everyday lives. How technology influences how we see people.
– Disgusts you?
The amount that technology influences how we see each other.
What gives an artist the right to present a play that is based on a true story?
The idea that this play is based on a true story does not mean that this play is presenting the true story. It is an interpretation of the events that happened.
Why should someone see this production?
People should see this show to get a refresher about society today and how technology and people interact or not interact.
After you graduate, what would you like to see if you were to come back in 5 years?
In 5 years I would like to see a production season that is diverse in terms of challenging the producing company but more importantly a season that gets people out to the theatre and thinking.