Jonz Designs – Scenic Designer
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Working in the entertainment business for 20 years with experience as a Scenic Designer, Technical Director and Scenic Artist. My work history ranges from small to big budget theatre production, Haunted houses and Parade float designs.
Looking for design opportunities and educational career paths
Master of Fine Arts – The University of Memphis,, TN
Emphasis in Scenic Design and Technical Direction
Bachelors Degree in Theatre Technology – Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
Theatre Technology – Emphasis in Scenic and Technical Design
Associates Degree in Communication – Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown VA
Emphasis in Communications and Theatre
January 2014 – Present
Shop Manager & Assistant technical Director, Shenandoah University
In the past seven years I have held various positions at Shenandoah University. Previous positions include Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Dance Department, Production and Concert Hall Manager, and Adjunct Professor.
While my job description has changed somewhat from position to position, my overall duties were the management and implementation of all technical aspects related to various productions and concerts presented by Shenandoah University while also managing and instructing students in the theoretical and practical application of theatre production.
My typical day could start with design drafting and student instruction, move to carpentry and stage rigging, and end with addressing facilities and machinery issues like a flooding concert pit!
January 2005 – Present
FREELANCE CONSULTANT, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
I am an independently contracted designer and artist working under my personal design business, JonZDesigns, LLC. I provide quality designs and artistic work for theatrical, entertainment, and theme park industries. A comprehensive list of my designs and other work can be found at www.jonzdesigns.com.
Regular clients include Wakefield School, Shenandoah University Apple Blossom Committee, and Shaw Parades.
January 2001 – Present
SEASONAL THEATRE & PRODUCTION WORK, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The regular schedule in the education sector allows for time to gain experience with other venues and industries and to perform in a variety of positions. A full list of my seasonal positions is available upon request. Highlights of my seasonal positions include: Lead Scenic Artist and Sculptor for The Washington National Opera, Scenic Art Supervisor for Carowinds Amusement Parks, Scenic Designer and Technical Director for The Wayside Theatre, Scenic Charge and Paint Shop Manager for Wolf Trap Opera Company, and various positions (from Master Carpenter to Designer to Technical Director) at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Artistic Concepts Group, and Mainstage Theatrical Supply.
- Vectorworks CAD
- Scenic Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Technical Director
- Automotive Repair
- Budgeting and cost estimation
- Project Management
- Stage Rigging