Elisabeth Weidner - Sound Director
Training: BA, Florida State University
The theatre technician is a very special breed. Theatre technicians love, live, eat, sleep, and breathe theatre just like actors. The difference is that their path has led them backstage, to the booth, or to the shops. They thrive on the ability to bring the magical elements to the stage: the fairy dust that Peter Pan sprinkles to make children fly, the trick dress that magically transforms into a ball gown on stage before our eyes, the whirlwind of lights and sound that make a tornado plow through the theatre, or the dungeon fully equiped with working drawbridge, traps, and endless nooks and crannies. This is what we teach our students, and we get to do it by actually having them build these elements with us. Our technical theatre students not only get the classroom/lecture style approach to learning, but they also get to work alongside industry professionals, and that is my favorite part of our conservatory. I learn by doing. So, it makes sense for me to teach that way. I want our students to be equipped with practical tools for the future. I want them to learn, try, fail, and succeed -- all of these things -- here, at PCPA, so that they know what works and, (sometimes) more importantly, what doesn't work. My philosophy on teaching is just that simple. Give students the tools and let them try the job. If it works, great. If it doesn't, find out why and try again. If the passion and the drive and the will to learn is there, the rest tends to fall into place.