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The Properties Director's Toolkit


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1. Sense and Sensibility 2. Job Titles and Duties 3. Working in Film 4. What Is a Prop? 5. Pre-Production and Planning 6. Getting Started 7. Working in Regional Theatre 8. Budgeting 9. The Build Process 10. Working with Scenic Designers 11. The Rehearsal and Production Process 12. Working with Stage Management 13. The Production/Tech Process 14. Co-Productions and Rentals 15. Working in Chindren's Theatre 16. Having a Career in Props 17. Working as a Freelance Prop Maker 18. The Prop Shop

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Sandra J. Strawn has enjoyed over four decades of theatre prop and design experience highlighted by six seasons at Actor's Theatre of Louisville and five seasons at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Leading the properties production/design curriculum and designing for the Mainstage theatre at UW-Milwaukee for the past twenty-seven seasons, Sandra recently retired as Professor Emeritus.

Lisa Schlenker has been the properties director for Skylight Music Theatre for the past twenty-seven years. Graduating with an MFA in Theatre Technology from UW-Madison (1988) her prolific scenic design and prop career is highlighted by work with Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Northern Sky Theatre, the Florentine Opera, and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

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