Set Designer

  • Interview with Mark Clayton Southers

    July 22, Audio Interview

    Director Mark Clayton Southers is an award winning playwright, poet, photographer, scenic designer, theatrical producer and stage director. He is the founder and producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. But he discovered his passion for theater late and mostly by accident. Working as a photographer he shot stills for theatrical productions but never stayed to see the play; it was “just not his thing.” While videotaping August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom he finally understood “the power of theater.” Years later his cousin asked him to stand in for an actor who was temporarily unavailable; that actor lost his job and Mark began a new career. Dedicated to giving his family all that they needed, Mark managed to balance his “good paying work” in the Steel Industry with his passion to pursue theater. Listen to this serious, multi- talented, self-deprecating man talk about his creation of a rich, diverse and satisfying life.

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  • Interview with Tobin Ost

    6-11-13 Audio Interview with Tobin Ost, Costume and Set Designer

    Both a set and costume designer, Tobin Ost thought he was going to be an architect, but a series of experiences when he was quite young; seeing a production of Pirates of Penzance where a ship literally comes off the stage above the audience and a TV show of Japanese theater coalesced when, as a high school student looking for a summer job he was turned down by the architectural firm, and went instead to the Community theater where was hired to paint and hammer nails. But his mentor (and the mentor of many), who Tobin says must have “seen something in him,” gave him more and more design work until Tobin realized what he was really meant to do. Listen to the surprising twists and turns which led to his becoming Jeff Calhoun’s “secret weapon”. And hear this soft spoken and thoughtful man give us the Tobin Ost crash course in set and costume design.

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  • Interview with Tobin Ost

    6-19-2012 Interview

    6-19-12 Nominated for a Tony Award for his work on Newsies, set and costume designer Tobin Ost is Jeff Calhoun’s “secret weapon.” Soft spoken and serious Tobin thought he was going to be an architect. But when, as a high school student he was turned down for a job at an architectural firm, he approached the theater across the street, was hired and the rest is history. Listen to the twists and turns that led Tobin inexorably to what is, without question, his right place.

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