A few weeks ago 2by4 company members and collaborators gathered to conduct a week-long development workshop of Christopher Chen's latest play, CAUGHT. The workshop, made possible through the generous support of American Conservatory Theatre and the Tournesol Project, was an amazing opportunity for us to put to test some of our ideas around cross disciplinary collaboration in service of the development of a new work for the stage.
2by4 company member and scenic designer Mellie Katakalos took a few moments to jot down some thoughts about her experience during the workshop,
"As a scenic designer, the chance to explore in the space over a five day period with an entire creative team was something I’ve never really done before. While we made extensive plans of what scenes we would cover each day, and even what “scenic pieces” we might need to play around with, it was terrifying and exhilarating to walk into the empty space with rolls of blue tape, some poles, and lots of ideas crowding my head. In most other design processes, so much of my time is spent talking and preparing with the group, and then I go off and design on my own in my studio. In this workshop I was designing in the room while actors were moving and acting throughout the space.