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Projection Designer

USA 829 Projection Designers create ephemeral imagery for live performance delivered via a wide variety of technologies including projectors, LED surfaces, monitors, and other digital and analog methods. Projection design for the stage is the design discipline most recently added to USA 829, and as a field in the theater it is still growing and changing substantially. It exists at the intersection between the cinematic language that emerged in the 20th century, and the much older traditions of live performance. First and foremost, projection design is about the use of image as a means of enlightening or complimenting the text of a production. At the most rudimentary, this may be a matter of communicating time or place, however in the majority of applications the role of projection goes well beyond this. Projection may be used to contextualize action, create mood, reflect a character’s psychological state, or represent characters or ideas in their entirety.