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WSD2017|A Christmas Carol
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Joe Payne

A Christmas Carol

Selected Category: Projection and multi-media Design

Category: Projection and multi-media Design

Design Statement

Set in traditional Dickensian style, this production pushes the limits of magic and emotion through technology, in a very organic, immersive, and actor driven way. The minimalist scenic structure and iconic costumes create an environment in which sound, projections, and lighting can magically transform, heighten, and integrate location, mood, and character, allowing the words and movement of performers to take the audience on a ghost-filled adventure. Music is performed live by actors, and is enhanced by a sonic environment that creates a living and ever changing world. The story begins with a monumental window showing a bleak London through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge, which is torn away and brightened by those from his past. As the story unfolds, tormented spirits glide through the theatre, and exploding flocks of birds fly throughout the space, which coalesces into the ghost of Christmas yet to come. Character and audience are transformed and immersed in a world of ethereal wonder, pushing Scrooge toward redemption and love.


Joe Payne

Joe Payne is currently Assistant Professor of Sound and Digital Media at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, after ten years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company, and teaching sound and projection design for The University of Utah and Illinois State University. He has been the sound designer for the Utah Shakespeare Festival for the last sixteen years, and has designed throughout the United States, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Virginia Stage Company, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Highlights include; composition for a rock musical version of Euripides’ The Bakkhai, projections for the London-based pop band WRENNE, music and projections for Julius Caesar (featured in PQ ‘07), and music for The Tempest (featured in PQ ‘15). Joe is a member of United Scenic Artists local 829, the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association, the USITT Sound Commission, and OISTAT Sound Working Group.

Email Address: jpayne32@utk.edu

Theatre Company The Clarence Brown Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2012-11-26

The Premiere Space of Production The Clarence Brown Theatre

Author Book by Charles Dickens, Adapted by Barbara Field

Director/ Choreographer Casey Sams

Set Designer Chris Pickart

Lighting Designer Catherine Gerardi

Costume Designer Bill Black

Sound Designer Joe Payne

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Joe Payne