Archive for the 'Production Team' Category

Video Interview: Isaac Paris

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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Composer (and sound designer) Isaac Paris talks about his involvement in produciton Caligari: Alaska

9 minutes

Anatoly introduces the concept of the show.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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At the first rehearsal, director Anatoly Anothin introduces the concept of the production to the cast for Caligari: Alaska.

Video produced by Kade Mendelowitz, with assistance by Tyson Hansen

14 minutes

Video interview: Brian Lyke

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
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Brian Lyke, Assistant Director, talks about his experiences working on this production.

11.7 minutes

Kade Mendelowitz

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Kade Mendelowitz

Kade Mendelowitz

Kade Mendelowitz is the Lighting Designer and Technical Director for Theatre UAF, where he is a Professor & department head. Originally from New York, this award-winning designer has worked with most production groups in town. Kade has authored two interactive titles on sale through Amazon.com, and produced a third through Multimakers, a multimedia design company. He invites you to learn more about his his work by visiting his web site at: www.TheatricalDesign.com/kade

Anatoly Antohin

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Anatoly with the cast of Caligari

Anatoly with the cast of Caligari

Anatoly Antohin, Playwright and Director: Anatoly has directed many shows at UAF. He received his MFA from the Moscow Institute of Cinematography, and won several awards in drama. His plays have been produced in many European countries. In the USA, he has taught and directed at the University of Connecticut, New York University, and Hollins College in Virginia. His last show was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Anatoly is retiring this year after 20 years with the UAF Theatre Department.

A note from the assistant director and choreography team

Monday, June 1st, 2009

In the beginning, there was a silent movie. Today, a 70 minute physical drama stands before you. How did we get there?

We established early on that this process was going to be collaborative. In a typical rehearsal, Anatoly sketched out blocking and motivations, the actors worked together and with a choreographer or the A.D. to refine it. At the end of the night we presented our scene to the director for approval or rejection.

What a nervous moment, knowing that an hour or more of work could be swept aside with a word! We dealt with the loss of a favorite scene or moment in different ways: short sharp expletives, muttering, pleading, or another cup of coffee. It wasn’t all bad. We learned that the rejection of one concept can allow another to come foreword; that Anatoly giveth as oft en as he taketh away. In segments we developed, our actors found that ownership lends great strength to a production.

We are all grateful and honored to have been able to work so closely with such a brilliant mind on his last production. Thank you Anatoly, for giving us your trust and inspiration. As with any original project, the journey was frustrating at ti mes, but ultimately rewarding.

Choreography is a loose word. You may think of a ballerina or Fosse… We want you to know that choreography is everything from a lift ed hand, a gasp, a look toward the audience or a moment of stillness. This is storytelling through movement, and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

-Brian, Rachel, Anna and Jey

Fiona Zachel

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Fiona Zachel

Fiona Zachel

Fiona Zachel (Makeup): Fiona is delighted to be a part of Anatoly’s final play at UAF and is looking forward to this unique show. She most recently directed the 2009 Vagina Monologues and hopes to continue to do socially active theatre in the future. Fiona is a fourth year UAF Theatre major and hopes to continue her theatrical training in Stage Management. A big thank you to Kade, Anatoly, and Jerene for all their help and support, as well as much love to her amazing Mum and Dad.

Rafaela Stacheter

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Rafaela Stacheter

Rafaela Stacheter

Rafaela Stacheter (Dramaturge):  “I have been doing theater for a long time now and it is still among my most favorite things… let there be more theater…more shows … and more art.”

Victoria Slavoutskaia

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Victoria Slavoutskaia

Victoria Slavoutskaia

Victoria Slavoutskaia (Stage Manager) is a fourth year transfer student from California. This is her first show at UAF where she is a double major in Theatre and Anthropology. She been in theatre for 8 years, she has stage managed, directed, done sound, and designed make up, among other things. In her copious free time she enjoys sleeping, dancing, and eating lots and lots of sushi!

Isaac Paris

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Isaac Paris

Isaac Paris

Isaac Paris (Sound Designer): This is Isaac’s first show with UAF since 2001’s Yahoo Nation. He loved going to the theatre as a child,even if he didn’t “understand” the play. He is excited to provide the music for Caligari– its a dream come true. The tone of the play fits Isaac’s music well, vibrant and melodramatic with a healthy touch of sillyness. He wants to congratulate the director and the cast and thank them for their inspiration.