Magazine article TD&T (Theatre Design & Technology)

From the Editor

Magazine article TD&T (Theatre Design & Technology)

From the Editor

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It happens every four years. The convention centers, museums, streets, and theatres in Prague erupt with a cacophony of sights and sounds, languages and costumes, performances and exhibitions. The first issue of TD&T Deborah and I created was for the 1995 Prague Quadrennial. Richard Durst was the guest editor. This is our fifth time trying to capture the PQ magic for TD&T readers, but really, the only way to understand the Prague Quadrennial is to experience it.

Nevertheless, the contributors in this issue have some insights to share. The editors interviewed the curators of the three USITT-USA exhibits--national, student, and architecture--who generously share their thoughts on the process of creating the exhibits and the ideas that underlie the works presented. Mike Monsos, Exhibits Project Coordinator, writes about the multi-year process of organizing, staffing, building, shipping, erecting, and striking the USITT-USA exhibits. The award-winning editor, writer, and artist Randy Gener was the curatorial advisor this year. He shares his insights on why this PQ exhibit was intentionally a departure from previous U.S. exhibits, and offers his suggestions on directions future curators might take. Associate editors Linda Essig, Robert Lewis Smith, and Dave Tosti-Lane, along with myself, interviewed curators Susan Tsu, Allen Hahn, Chris Barreca, Linda Cho, and Don Tindall to get their first-hand accounts of how they conceived the story they wanted to tell about American design, assembled the works for the exhibit, and designed the story-telling environment. …

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