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The Scenic Lead Makes Design Three Dimensional

Working in Theatre


Katie Polebaum works to make the scenic design for "Vicuña" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Katie Polebaum, Scenic Lead at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, is the person who transforms the scenic designer’s two-dimensional idea into three-dimensional, onstage reality. In our latest Working in Theatre video she discusses everything from paint, collaboration, and work flow to her big break.

If you love the idea of bringing new worlds to life onstage, take a look at these scenic design resources:

  • Read through some frequently asked questions about the set design process in the Harvard Technical Theatre Handbook.
  • Immerse yourself in the process of putting a design onstage with these lecture notes from a former professor of stagecraft.
  • is a technical theatre resource for students, theatre technicians, designers and practitioners.
  • Curious about majoring in technical theatre in college? Here is some more information.
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