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Wally Eastland

Wally Eastland

Technical Director/Designer of Theatre, Lecturer in Communication Arts

Education

M.F.A., The University of Idaho, Theatre - Scenography and Stage Design, 2020
B.F.A., Western Carolina University, Theatre Design and Production

Biography

Wally Eastland (he, him) is a Scenographer with an emphasis in Scenic and Lighting Design. Wally has designed Lighting and Scenery for theatre, dance, opera, television and events in a career spanning over 20 years. He has designed extensively in both the U.S. and Australia.

In Australia, Wally designed the world premieres of Elizabeth Taylor is my Mother and There are Trees That Are Dancers at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne, Victoria. Other Australian world premieres include Pluck! and Foreign Bodies for Sly Rat Theatre. Other companies Wally worked with in Australia include CentreStage Geelong, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Cumulus Productions, Williamstown Musical Theatre Company and Sly Rat Theatre.

A selection of Wally’s favorite designs include The Scottsboro Boys, The Diviners, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Fille du Régiment, On the Verge, Fiddler on the Roof, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, 4000 Miles, Steel Magnolias, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, Barefoot in the Park, Indians, Cabaret, Gypsy, Next to Normal, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. Companies Wally worked with over the years include Temple Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, LaMama ETC, NC Stage Company, Flat Rock Playhouse, Weathervane Playhouse, Lost Nation Theatre, Capital Theatre – Rome NY, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. He serves as guest designer at many universities including Catawba College, Casper College, Ashland University and Ohio Northern University.

His dance design work includes recreating the lighting for George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie. He also designed lighting for the world premieres of Winterreise with choreographer Qi Jiang, and Revelries with choreographer Michael Tevlin.

Eastland holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre With an emphasis in Scenography and Stage Design from the University of Idaho, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from Western Carolina University. He also holds dual U.S./Australian Citizenship.

How did you discover Western?

Through Higher Ed Jobs when I found the position description.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I have designed Lighting and Scenery for Theatre, Dance, Opera, Television and Events in a career spanning over 20 years. I have worked and designed extensively in both the U.S. and Australia. My designs include a number of world premieres (listed below). I also serve on national committees for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) (also listed below).

World Premieres (Australia):

– Elizabeth Taylor is my Mother at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne, Victoria
– There are Trees That Are Dancers at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne, Victoria
– Pluck! for Sly Rat Theatre
– Foreign Bodies for Sly Rat Theatre
World Premieres (U.S., Dance):
– Winterreise with choreographer Qi Jiang
– Revelries with choreographer Michael Tevlin

Committees, Portfolio Reviews and Adjudication:

– Co-Chair – Network Graphic Recommended Practice, Lighting Design and Technology
Commission, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
– Chair – Distinguished Achievement Award Selection Committee, Lighting Design and
Technology Commission, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
– Reviewer, Scene Design & Technology Commission Portfolio Review Program, United
States Institute For Theatre Technology (USITT)
– Reviewer, Lighting Design & Technology Commission Portfolio Review Program, United
States Institute For Theatre Technology (USITT)
– Adjudicator, Short Film Competition, Arkansas Thespians State Conference, Jonesboro, AR

What most excites you about your field?

Entertainment design plays a critical role in the all aspects of the entertainment industry. It creates and enhances the environments in which stories are told. I love introducing students to the opportunities and rewards a career in entertainment and technology offers.

Courses taught:

COM 231 – Technical Production I
COM 330 – Technical Production II
COM 331 – Scenography in Film and Theatre
COM 340 – Stage Management
COM 397 – Special Topics

External Professional Affiliations:

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) – Professional Member
USITT Lighting Design and Technology Commission
USITT Scene Design and Technology Commission
Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) – Professional Design Member
Australian Production Design Guild (APDG)
South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
Guild of Scenic Artists

Personal Website:

https://www.lprdesignstudio.com/

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