Kris Dietrich

Scenic, Costume, & Lighting Designer

Johanne D'Arc
Johanne D'Arc
Johanne D'Arc
Johanne D'Arc
Johanne D'Arc
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral
Murder in the Cathedral
A Servant of Two Masters
A Servant of Two Masters
A Servant of Two Masters
Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya
The Mayfair Affair
The Mayfair Affair
The Mayfair Affair
The Mayfair Affair
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About: Kris Dietrich

I received my theatre training at the University of Missouri at Kansas City under the instruction of John Ezell. During my time there I had the opportunity to interact with and work along side some of the best theatre professionals in the industry. Their influence and teaching fostered an environment where I could not only grow in my craft, but develop into a theatre professional who values hard work, supreme effort, and constructive collaboration.

I enjoy all aspects of design and have been fortunate to have worked in theatre for the past 18 years. During that time I have been a part of over 80 productions, many of which I was a principle designer for some aspect of the production. I enjoy finding visual solutions in a quest to tell great stories worthy of an audience. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring my students, always working to build them up into the type of artists that I would want to collaborate with as a colleague.

On a personal note, I am a father to 4 fantastic boys who are an endless source of energy and entertainment, and a man who is lucky to have married his best friend.

Portfolio: Production Info

Johanne D'Arc(Fall 2013)

Johanne D’Arc started as an idea to devise and create a theatre piece depicting the story of Joan of Arc. Through the discoveries being made in the rehearsal process, and in discussions with the director, we were able to agree upon a very simple looking series of platforms for them to work on and use to tell their devised story. The platforms however, were able to become a quiet representation for the France that Joan was fighting for, thus one of the delights was having that symbolically be a part of the story that not everyone would immediately see or discover without a more careful observation and/or deeper understanding of the story.

The Three Sisters(Fall 2011)

The Three Sisters is an iconic script, and the director wanted to capture a feeling of leftover grandness from a time just before the play takes place. Therefore one of the ways we worked to achieve this was through the scale of the scenic elements. We wanted the curtain to open and people to be surprised with the size of the playing space. Then as we moved to the Second Act we wanted to make the space feel much more cramped and tight, before we again came back to the exterior of what we had seen in the First Act. Overall, it was a large under taking but collaboratively it communicated the desired effect the director had hoped.

Murder in the Cathedral(Spring 2009)

With Murder in the Cathedral we worked to play with perception and perspective by creating a deep, tall, narrow playing space. The back painting on the white allowed the location and importance of the Cathedral to develop throughout the play eventually being turned red as Thomas is murdered, and becoming a unique character in the production’s story without distracting from the actors.

A Servant of Two Masters(1995-2000)

A Servant of Two Masters was a piece that the director wanted us to encompass the entire space as a Italian street Bistro. One wall we wallpapered a large photo/mural of the Grand Canale, and the other wall was San Marco Square. Meanwhile all the Del’Arte style clowns then interacted and entertained the audience and served desserts. The arched facade seen in the picture was all carted in on a wagon and set up by the actors just as if they were a travelling troupe. Thus allowing the action and story to unfold all throughout the space.

Uncle Vanya(Spring 2006)

With Uncle Vanya the Director wanted to explore the idea that the characters in the play felt trapped but it was not a physical trapping. Therefore the design utilized the idea of no physical walls to the interior, but rather a suggestion that the walls existed through the extent of the paint on the floor, the hanging of crown moulding, and pictures as if the walls did exist. Furthermore, we had simply doorframes, which suggested what other areas of the house existed. Using this device made us rely heavily on the lighting to confine and define areas and set the mood of each scene.

The Mayfair Affair(Spring 2011)

The Mayfair Affair is a new farce written by Joseph Frost, uses many of the normal theatrical farce tools of mistaken identities, misdirection, and both comedic and dry lines. Having the opportunity to work on it’s first production was an honour. As we explored the space/scenic requirements of the piece we decided to utilize a second story and this not only challenged our students with new scenic construction methods, but created a grandeur to the environment that complimented the story.

My Theatre History

2013

*JOHANNE D’ARC (Set & Light Design) Directed by Joseph Frost

ICE ISLAND (Technical Director) Dir. by Marianne Savell

THE DRUNKARD (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. By Stewart Hawley

2012

HENRY V (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. by Marianne Savell

*THE MAYFAIR AFFAIR (Scenic & Light Design) Directed by John Maxwell

2011

ANNIE (Lighting Design) Dir. by Francine Reynolds

EVERYONE....DRAGON LOOK LIKE (Set & Light) Dir. by C. McNair Wilson

THE THREE SISTERS (Scenic & Light Design) Directed by John Maxwell

2010

*JULIET & HER ROMEO (Scenic Design) Directed by Joseph Frost

ARIA de CAPO (Lighting Design) Dir. Jeannie-Marie Brown

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL (Scenic Design) Directed by Joseph Frost

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Set & Light) Directed by John Maxwell

2009

A DOLL”S HOUSE (Lighting Design) Dir. Dr. Louis Campbell

GUTENBERG THE MUSICAL (Lighting Design) Dir. Peppy Biddy

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. Alice Scott

2008

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Lighting Design) Dir. Francine Reynolds

MUCH ADO……. NOTHING (Set & Light Design) Dir. Dr. Louis Campbell

*ECCLESIASTES (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. Joseph Frost

FANTASTICS (Lighting Design) Dir. Peppy Biddy

*SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. Dr. Louis Campbell

FIRST BAPTIST OF IVY GAP (Lighting Design) Dir. Francine Reynolds

2007

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scenic Design) Dir. Kate Roselle

*KURT GERSTEIN (Set, Light & Costume Design) Dir. Joseph Frost

ANTIGONE (Scenic & Light Design) Dir. Joseph Frost

TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (Lighting Design) Dir. Francine Reynolds

2006

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Scenic & Light Design) Dr. Louis Campbell

THE CRUCIBLE (Lighting Design) Dir. Francine Reynolds

SHE LOVES ME (Scenic Design & PM, TD) Dir. Richard Carey

THE FULL MONTY (Scenic Design & PM, TD) Andrew Glant-Linden

ANNIE (Scenic Design & PM, TD) Andrew Glant-Linden

UNCLE VANYA (Set, Light & Costume Design) Dir. Joseph Frost

GREAT THEATRE.... WORLD (Set & Light Design) Dir. Hector Ramirez

2005

TWELFTH NIGHT (Set Design & Light Design) Dir. Dr. Louis Campbell

THE MOUSE TRAP (Set Design & Light Design) Dir. Bret Kenyon

2004

GREASE (Scenic Design) Dir. Burgess Clark

CHILDREN’S HOUR (Scenic Design) Dir. Joe Price

PICASSO AT THE LAPINE AGILE (Set Design) Dir. David Baeker

2003

*PLAYING DOCTOR (Scenic Design) Dir. Ina Marlowe

PIRATES OF PENANCE (Scenic Design) Dir. Harvey Johnson

2002

POLAROID STORIES (Scenic Design) Dir. Joe Price

2001

THE TEMPEST (Set & Lighting Design, TD) Dir. Michelle Draeger

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Set & Light Dsn, TD) Dir. Jim Daniels

QUILTERS ( Set & Lighting Design, TD) Dir. Harvey Johnson

2000

TWELFTH NIGHT (Set, Costume, & LD,TD) Dir. Dr. David Kuhns

DARK OF THE MOON (Scenic Design) Dir. Chris Armbrister

THE SECRET GARDEN (Scenic Design) Dir. John Stefaniuk

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Set Design) Dir. Michael Larsen

EFFECTS OF ... MARIGOLDS (SD & CD, LD, TD) Dir. Ryan Wise

WAITING FOR GODOT (Set & Light Design, TD) Dir. Dr. David Kuhns

1999

WINNIE-THE-POOH (Set & Light Design, TD) Dir. Harvey Johnson

A THURBER CARNIVAL ( Set & Light Desn., TD) Dir. Tom Beck

MAN OF LA MANCHA (Set Design & Tech. Dir.) Dir. Jay Berkow

NOISES OFF (Set Design & Tech. Dir.) Dir. Chris Smith

HELLO DOLLY (Set Design & Tech. Dir.) Dir. Jay Berkow

CACTUS FLOWER (Set Design & Tech. Dir.) Dir. Hugh Murphy

PIPPIN (Set Design & Tech. Dir.) Dir. Jay Berkow

THE BEST…EVER SEEN (Set& Light Design, TD) Dir. David Minnifield

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Set & Light Design, TD) Dir. Harvey Johnson

1998

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND (Set & Light Design, TD) Dir. Dr. David Kuhns

DOIN’ IT RIGHT (Set Design & Tech. Director) Dir. Brian C. Parkinson

THE ALL NIGHT STRUT (Set & Light Dsgn., TD) Dir. Brian C. Parkinson

WRONG FOR EACH OTHER (Scenic Designer) Dir. Warren Graves

1997

*WINTER POND (Scenic Designer) Dir. Richard Epp

*=World Premier

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