On Broadway, Out of the Spotlight

If you’re looking for the latest Boston University alum to hit Broadway, go beyond the footlights. From life-size robots to Lady Gaga, here are some of the sights and sounds that design and production graduates are creating backstage.

By Jessica Ullian | Photo by Kevin Berne

walter_trarbachFor the La Jolla Playhouse production of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, associate sound designer Walter Trarbach (’02) created a fight soundtrack for 4 live musicians and 18 light-up robots.

erik_hansenErik Hansen (’01), a production carpenter, crafted more than 35 tons of scenery for the Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Fifty-seven thousand pounds of set and electric rigging hung from the grid; another 14,100 pounds waited in the wings.

paul_tate_depooProduction designer Paul Tate dePoo III (’10) designed a set based on children’s pop-up books for The Music Man at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida. He’s currently awaiting word on his proposed design for Lady Gaga’s next tour.

emily_walshEmily Walsh (’08), currently the assistant scenic charge artist at The Juilliard School, worked in Chicago, Mexico City, and Kuala Lumpur creating walk-through haunted houses for high-end theme parks.

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