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Release: Oct. 19, 1999

Winn presents Saturday Scholars program at E.C. Mabie Theatre Oct. 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa — When theatre house lights go down and a hush falls over the audience, the lighting design artist has a moment in the spotlight, though left in the dark. Bryon Winn, assistant professor, University of Iowa theatre department, will explain and demonstrate the creative process of designing stage lighting during "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., E. C. Mabie Theatre, as part of the Saturday Scholars program.

"Lighting design requires a great deal of preparation and yet there is a ‘last minute’ improvisational element to the process," said Winn. "I will base my presentation on my approach to Oscar Wilde’s two plays, "The Importance of Being Ernest" and "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" being performed at E.C. Mabie Theatre this fall."

Bryon’s recent design work has been seen at the Portland Stage Company in Maine, Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, The Miranda Theatre Company in New York, Axis Theatre in Baltimore, Utah Musical Theatre, and Black Artist’s Contemporary Cultural Experience in San Francisco. Locally, Bryon has designed a number of productions for Riverside Theatre. Bryon is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and United Scenic Artists 829, the union of professional designers.

Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind series is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is free and open to the public. "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," is the sixth and final program of the season.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2611.