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Amanda's career had its beginnings from the technical side of theater, with her college training consisting of carpentry, charge artistry, design of many disciplines, and beyond.
c a r p e n t r y & s c e n i c c r e a t i o n
held the first positions in which Amanda began working within technical theater. As a member of the Stage Crew at Highline College where she learned and worked in the Theater Department, Amanda was taught under Professor Richard Lorig, whose professional career has been centered around Scenic Artistry.
While on the stage crew from 2010 - 2014, Amanda assistant taught all quarterly
Stagecraft classes, sized 25 - 40. She was the lead Charge Artist and member of the carpentry team on twelve full productions.
In 2014, Amanda was hired as the Venue and Production Manager for West of Lenin in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. During her two years on staff, Amanda worked with 50+ companies on 100+ productions, and with 250+ artists. As the supervisor for all load-ins and the manager on duty for all shows, Amanda's technical skills developed from capable to highly competent, and her love of carpentry and scenic installation continued.
In 2015, Amanda was invited to be the Technical Director for MAP Theatre and collaborated on/installed 4 full productions with them in 3 different arts spaces. In 2016, Amanda was hired as the Interim Technical Director at Seattle Public Theater, where she was the Master Carpenter and TD on 3 full productions and 7 student performances for 4 months. She also acted as the lead technical theater teacher for their education program, teaching students painting techniques, stage management, and properties design.
Seattle Public Theatre's THE LIAR, 2017 - Design by Catherine Cornell
Technical Direction/Master Carpentry by Amanda Rae. Photograph by Catherine Cornell.
MAP Theatre's GREENSWARD, 2017 -
Design by Brandon Estrella
Technical Direction/Master Carpentry by Amanda Rae
d e s i g n
became an aspect of Amanda's career by 2014. Having come out of college experienced in scenic design, properties design projects quickly became a fun challenge and were offered as her first independent design contracts. Props Design highlights include Suffering, Inc. with Pony World Theatre, The ZigZag Festival with Annex Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Youth Theatre Northwest, and The Twilight Zones: LIVE! with Theatre Schmeater.
Pony World Theatre's SUFFERING INC. -
Properties Design by Amanda Rae
Scenic Design by Robin McCartney
Photo by Ian Johnston
Creating a lifelong dream - Designing a Blue Meanie costume with Zane Exactly and Nick Edwards for The 14/48 Projects.
Amanda's secondary design opportunities were within Costume Design. She has assisted on many shows, and led designs with companies such as Youth Theatre Northwest, Shoreline Community College, and The 14/48 Projects.
Amanda's experience with Sound and Lighting consists mostly of building shows (efficient in programming with QLab and most lighting consoles) as well as speaker balance, and lighting hang and focus.
James Wiedman as a Blue Meanie during The 14/48 Projects World's Quickest Theatre Festival.
Design and construction by Amanda Rae, Zane Exactly, and Nick Edwards.
Photo by Joe Iano.