Storytelling through Scenic Design
Instructor: Adam Ressa
Sets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are incredibly expensive and elaborate, and others are very sparse and minimal. All good scenic designs have one thing in common: they serve the story.
In this fun, engaging class we will learn about different types of sets, different styles, and the history of scenic design. We will discuss specific design choices and how a good set can help inspire directing, motivate the performers, and facilitate an amazing experience for the audience. At the end of the course each student/camper will present a scenic design concept.
Max of 15 screens
We will be using Zoom, look for a meeting request in your email but Sunday night by 8pm. You will likely need to download the app on your device. If you'd like to set up a green screen background, please test that in advance.
Students will need access to google docs through a private (not FCPS or another school) account.
Adam Ressa is a local designer, maker and storyteller. Originally from northern VA, he participated in high school theatre, eventually becoming a licensed event technician for Fairfax County Public Schools. He attended college at Virginia Tech where he graduated with dual degrees in Engineering and Theatre Arts. While attending VT, he founded a school sponsored multi-media performance organization. He worked for Wolf Trap as a carpenter and welder for their summer opera series, and freelanced as a scenic designer around the DMV. In 2010 he joined the Walt Disney Company as an Imagineer in Orlando Florida working on a variety of projects in FL, Hawaii, and on the Disney Cruise Line. Outside of his day job he became technical production manager for High Eugene Productions, a non profit theatre company, and festival scenic designer for SAK Comedy Lab, (rated one of the 50 best comedy clubs in the US). While living in Orlando, Adam was featured as a guest speaker at the Orlando Science Center’s SCIENCE NIGHT, discussing the technical and scientific aspects of building theme parks. He was awarded "maker of merit" at the Orlando maker faire in 2016. In 2017 Adam and his wife Rebecca moved back up to Fairfax where he worked for a museum and exhibit design firm featuring projects such as The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and Little Bighorn National Battlefield. In his spare time Adam and Rebeca design sets and collaborate with CFTC.