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WSD2017|Titus Andronicus
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

Kenton Yeager

Titus Andronicus

Selected Category: Lighting Design

Category: Lighting Design

Design Statement

We believed Titus to be a story of duty to country, duty to family, and then making really bad choices in the service of this duty.
This is a “big” play, a play of revenge, and a play about consequences. You can’t take back an action but you can only move forward, even if it leads to unbelievable suffering.
We set out to put this in a grand scale. Big solid block lines, like the clear distinction between right and wrong that exists in Titus’s mind. Reality and logic give way to emotion forcing stark relief between horror and beauty. Atrocities happen in lovely woods. Fire is both memorizing and deadly. A mutilation and rape scene is actually more horrible if in jolting relief to a beautiful setting. Murky and shadowy lighting would allow them to hide. Roving follow-spots track operatically. There can be nowhere to hide from the choices they make. Cause and effect moves this story relentlessly forward. Horrible actions must come to light.

Kenton Yeager

This is the fourth WSD in which Kenton will be exhibiting his work. Over the past 35 years, has designed, produced or directed more than 700 productions for Theatre, Dance, Music, Industrials, Corporate Events, Architecture, and Touring Productions both nationally and internationally. He studied at Penn State University where he received his BFA in lighting Design. His theatre design credits include work for: Denver Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St Louis Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Arizona Rep, Asolo Theatre, Round House Theatre, Pioneer Theater, Folger Theater, Virginia Stage, Arden Theatre, Syracuse Stage, PlayMakers Rep, Riverside Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and The Clarence Brown Theatre. He has designed concerts for Suzanne Vega, Dave Matthews, John Prine, They Might Be Giants, George Winston, The Kronos Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, The Roches and Stephane Grappelli. As an educator, Kenton heads the Master of Fine Arts program in lighting design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has taught over 100 master classes at more than 40 universities as well as workshops abroad in Germany, The Czech Republic, Vietnam, Austria, Mexico, France, Wales, India, and Holland. He is the owner/creator of Yeagerlabs, a company specializing in innovative ways of teaching theatre - www.yeagerlabs.com.

Email Address: kenton.yeager@gmail.com

Theatre Company Clarence Brown Theatre Company

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-02-12

The Premiere Space of Production Clarence Brown Theatre

Author William Shakespeare

Director/ Choreographer John Sipes

Set Designer Chris Pickart

Lighting Designer Kenton Yeager

Costume Designer Bill Black

Sound Designer Joe Payne

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Joe Payne