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A Farewell to Narelle Sissons, Professor of Design


She got here to Carnegie Mellon College Faculty of Drama in 2007.

“Narelle has had a profound impression on the varsity and the scholars since she joined our group in 2007,” mentioned Anne Mundell, Interim Head of the Faculty of Drama and Professor of Design. “She has contributed huge curiosity, love of textual content, ardour for collaboration and iteration, and deep rigor to her classroom and manufacturing. Her mind and instructing type are surgical; when she begins as sentence with ‘what if,’ it’s doubtless that a whole new vista will open up for a pupil on account of that ‘what if’ query.”

Narelle’s philosophy of design is centered round ‘concept’ fairly than ‘idea.’

“It’s a constructing course of, creating concepts,” she mentioned. “The phrase ‘idea’ at all times journeys me up as a result of it feels prefer it’s an utilized method on high of one thing that exists, the place my philosophy as a set designer is to get a sense for the world of the play, perceive the character by absorbing the phrases – the textures, the colours, the way it smells, the way it feels, how the actors will inhabit the world – and begin constructing from there. I’ll usually have a look at excessive ends of every concept in my analysis section and discover the place that feels proper. Permitting myself to play within the mannequin, to be daring with concepts and to by no means select the simple possibility.”

She describes the method of watching college students develop and unpack concepts from a textual content, supporting these concepts with attention-grabbing analysis, after which utilizing that analysis to create one thing tangible that really works on stage as an exciting expertise for a professor.

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