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Sarabeth Spector

Emerson College

Biography

Sarabeth Spector is a scenic and props designer based in Cambridge MA. She has over nine years of varieed experience in theater production including scenic design, prop design and creation, show running, set building, and event prep in both an educational setting and professional theater.

Interests

  • Scenic Design
  • Prop Fabrication

Education

  • BFA, Theatre Design/Technology, 2021

    Emerson College

Skills

Set Design

Hand Drafting

Scenic Construction

Photoshop

Electrics

Photography

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Tufts Children’s Theater - Magic Circle

Jul 2023 – Aug 2023 Medford, MA

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with incoming 7th to 11th graders to build props and scenery for 2 shows alongside the TD
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing renderings to communicate designs
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information at daily meetings
  • Teaching teens to working with tools
  • Teaching teens fundamentals of design
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Moonbox Productions

May 2023 – Jun 2023 Boston, MA

2nd Annual Boston New Works Festival

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director and playwright understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Building set pieces as needed
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Artisan

Moonbox Productions

May 2023 – Jun 2023 Boston, MA

2nd Annual Boston New Works Festival

Responsibilities include:

  • Working on four shows of a seven show festival
  • Working closely with the directors, playwrights, and scenic designers to source and build props to fit their visions
  • Working with other members of the creative teams to create a cohesive vision
  • Keepinhg track of budget details and receipts
  • Sourcing and Transporting furniture and props
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Artisan

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Jan 2023 – Feb 2023 Boston, MA

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director, playwright, and scenic designer to source and build props to fit their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Keepinhg track of budget details and receipts
  • Working with other memebers of the staff to access furniture stock
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Associate Scenic Designer

Moonbox Productions

May 2022 – Jun 2022 Cambridge, MA

1st Annual Boston New Works Festival

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the directors, playwrights, and the lead designer to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Working closely with the props master to source furniture and period appropriate props
  • Building set pieces as needed
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Props Crew

Blue Man Group Boston

Mar 2022 – Present Boston, MA

Responsibilities include:

  • Preset all props at the beginning of the day, including mixing paint, cleaning blue paint off if necessesary
  • Execute show cues
  • Strike, clean and set for next show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Lowell House Opera

Jan 2022 – Mar 2022 Cambridge, MA

NIGHTTOWN, an operatic reimagining of James Joyce’s Ulysses by Benjamin P. Wenzelberg

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Placing a 15 piece orchestra on stage to suit both the audio and visual needs of the production
  • Building set pieces as needed
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Oct 2021 – Oct 2021 Boston, MA

Batimore by Kirsten Greenidge

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Producing a model to supplement drawings and aid in understanding the design
  • Producing comprehensive paint elevations for the paint charge
  • Delegating tasks to an assistant
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Lead

Emerson Stage

Sep 2021 – Sep 2021 Boston, MA

The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props, including painting all props to fit the aesthetic of the show
  • Delegating tasks to prop shop
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Sep 2020 – Sep 2020 Boston, MA

Men on Boats by Jaclyn Blackhaus

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the directors to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Producing models to supplement drawings and aid in understanding the design
  • Producing comprehensive paint elevations for the paint charge
  • Delegating tasks to an assistant across the country
  • Making adjustments to the design for a virtual production
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Lead

Emerson Stage

Feb 2020 – Feb 2020 Boston, MA

Marisol by José Rivera

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props, including painting all props to fit the aesthetic of the show
  • Delegating tasks to assistants
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Prop Master

Emerson Stage

Jan 2020 – Feb 2020 Boston, MA

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Responsibilities Include:

  • Working closely with scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props
  • Delegating tasks to assistant
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Rareworks Theatre Company at Emerson College

Sep 2019 – Nov 2019 Boston, MA

What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting her vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing drawings to communicate design to other members of the creative and production team
  • Sourcing materials to build and paint set
  • Building and painting set
  • Loading in/out of space
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Artisan

Ohio Light Opera

May 2019 – Aug 2019 Wooster, OH

Responsibilities include:

  • Working under a props master as part of a small team
  • Wssisting with load ins/outs, and runs of shows
  • Working in conjunction and in assistance to other departments
  • All in service of a 7 show, rotating reperatory season
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

May 2019 – Oct 2019 Boston, MA

Flora, The Red Menace Book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, Music by John Kander and Frank Ebb

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the designer to assist in creating and developing her vision
  • Attending weekly production meetings
  • Taking notes
  • Large scale photoshop projects
  • Reaearchinbg images to utilize in the set
  • Assisiting pulling props and dressing the set
  • Assisting in building the model
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Jan 2019 – Jan 2019 Boston, MA

New Play Workshop: Mad Moon Book by Lisa D’Amour, Music by Sam Caft

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the designer to assist in creating and developing his vision
  • Attending weekly production meetings
  • Taking notes
  • Working with the desiner to create a groundplan
  • Producing drawings to communicate design
  • Assisting in building the model

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Properties Artisan

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Jan 2023 – Feb 2023 Boston, MA

1st Annual Boston New Works Festival

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director, playwright, and scenic designer to source and build props to fit their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Keepinhg track of budget details and receipts
  • Working with other memebers of the staff to access furniture stock
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Associate Scenic Designer

Moonbox Productions

May 2022 – Jun 2022 Cambridge, MA

1st Annual Boston New Works Festival

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the directors, playwrights, and the lead designer to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Working closely with the props master to source furniture and period appropriate props
  • Building set pieces as needed
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Props Crew

Blue Man Group Boston

Mar 2022 – Present Boston, MA

Responsibilities include:

  • Preset all props at the beginning of the day, including mixing paint, cleaning blue paint off if necessesary
  • Execute show cues
  • Strike, clean and set for next show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Lowell House Opera

Jan 2022 – Mar 2022 Cambridge, MA

NIGHTTOWN, an operatic reimagining of James Joyce’s Ulysses by Benjamin P. Wenzelberg

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Placing a 15 piece orchestra on stage to suit both the audio and visual needs of the production
  • Building set pieces as needed
  • Transporting materials, and borrowed pieces to and from the theatre
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Oct 2021 – Oct 2021 Boston, MA

Batimore by Kirsten Greenidge

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Producing a model to supplement drawings and aid in understanding the design
  • Producing comprehensive paint elevations for the paint charge
  • Delegating tasks to an assistant
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person as frequently
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Lead

Emerson Stage

Sep 2021 – Sep 2021 Boston, MA

The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props, including painting all props to fit the aesthetic of the show
  • Delegating tasks to prop shop
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Sep 2020 – Sep 2020 Boston, MA

Men on Boats by Jaclyn Blackhaus

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the directors to understand and produce a design fitting their vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing complete sets of draftings to communicate needs to other members of the team
  • Producing models to supplement drawings and aid in understanding the design
  • Producing comprehensive paint elevations for the paint charge
  • Delegating tasks to an assistant across the country
  • Making adjustments to the design for a virtual production
  • Keeping all members of the team informed with up to date information when we could not meet in person
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Lead

Emerson Stage

Feb 2020 – Feb 2020 Boston, MA

Marisol by José Rivera

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props, including painting all props to fit the aesthetic of the show
  • Delegating tasks to assistants
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Prop Master

Emerson Stage

Jan 2020 – Feb 2020 Boston, MA

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Responsibilities Include:

  • Working closely with scenic designer and director to fit props to their vision
  • Sourcing props from stock, online, etc
  • Making any modifications necissary to existing or purchased props
  • Delegating tasks to assistant
  • Performing maintainence on props during the run of the show
 
 
 
 
 

Scenic Designer

Rareworks Theatre Company at Emerson College

Sep 2019 – Nov 2019 Boston, MA

What Every Girl Should Know by Monica Byrne

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the director to understand and produce a design fitting her vision
  • Working with other members of the creative team to create a cohesive vision
  • Producing drawings to communicate design to other members of the creative and production team
  • Sourcing materials to build and paint set
  • Building and painting set
  • Loading in/out of space
 
 
 
 
 

Properties Artisan

Ohio Light Opera

May 2019 – Aug 2019 Wooster, OH

Responsibilities include:

  • Working under a props master as part of a small team
  • Wssisting with load ins/outs, and runs of shows
  • Working in conjunction and in assistance to other departments
  • All in service of a 7 show, rotating reperatory season
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

May 2019 – Oct 2019 Boston, MA

Flora, The Red Menace Book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, Music by John Kander and Frank Ebb

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the designer to assist in creating and developing her vision
  • Attending weekly production meetings
  • Taking notes
  • Large scale photoshop projects
  • Reaearchinbg images to utilize in the set
  • Assisiting pulling props and dressing the set
  • Assisting in building the model
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Scenic Designer

Emerson Stage

Jan 2019 – Jan 2019 Boston, MA

New Play Workshop: Mad Moon Book by Lisa D’Amour, Music by Sam Caft

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the designer to assist in creating and developing his vision
  • Attending weekly production meetings
  • Taking notes
  • Working with the desiner to create a groundplan
  • Producing drawings to communicate design
  • Assisting in building the model
 
 
 
 
 

Student

Emerson College

Aug 2018 – Dec 2021 Boston, MA
BFA Theatre Design/Technology, focusing in scenic design and properties
 
 
 
 
 

Production Intern

American Conservatory Theatre

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 San Francisco, CA
Assisted the technical director/scenic designer on designing and building “Young Conservatory” show
 
 
 
 
 

Youth Worker

Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company

May 2014 – May 2018 San Francisco, CA

Responsibilities include:

  • Stage hand
  • Props sourcing and fabrication
  • Backstage management
  • Leading a small team to run all backstage aspects of a show