Ben Williams - Technical Director

PCPA (since 2017): Twelfth Night, Fences, Disney’s Freaky Friday, The Purple Marble, The Crucible, The [curious case of the] Watson Intelligence, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Other Theatres: Liberty University, Technical Direction; ESU Summer Theatre, Scenic Designs; Arundel Barn Playhouse, Scenic Designs; also, Porthouse Theatre and The Alluvion Stage Company

Training: BFA in Theatrical Studies, Emporia State University; MFA in Design and Technology, Kent State University.

Teaching Philosophy
Theatre arts is an important component to any education and not only enhances lives, but develops important skills to succeed in life. I believe that teaching technical theatre to students involves respect for the student’s choices about their own education, fostering a creative environment for the students to be creatively engaged with the course material, and helping students communicate effectively with all aspects of theatre which then translates to communication in life. I understand that students come from all walks of life and many of the choices that they make in their education are affected by their personal lives. While I expect students to follow the coursework set before them I am mindful to include all opinions and approaches, allowing for their own creativity to blossom. Students that truly wish to learn about theatre thrive in a creative environment. Scenery, costumes, and lights can seem overwhelming, but when these elements are broken down into basic techniques, each can become a fun and creative components to making a production come to life. I feel that classroom training in theatre is absolutely necessary; however, it cannot be the only exposure a student receives. Hands-on training is also an essential part of learning in technical theatre, which is why it is necessary to include students in the process of main stage productions. Whether it is in painting, props, or scenery construction I feel that if a student is given a chance to participate and have their work be seen on stage they will be motivated to succeed in the career that they have chosen. Communication is a key factor, not only in technical theatre, but also in life. Teaching the proper ways to communicate not only results in more effective theatre artists but also gives students powerful tools to succeed in real world situations. Technical theatre and design involve much more than just basic theatrical elements. I feel that knowledge and experience in the all areas of technical theatre can be utilized to further any theatre student’s education.