Tom Lee

Designer, director, performer, and puppet artist originally from Mililani, Hawai’i. He has designed scenery, puppetry, and projections for Ellen Stewart, Tom O’Horgan, Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Lone Wolf Tribe, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Williams, and Yoshiko Chuma at theatres in New York City and internationally. Puppetry performances include Disfarmer (St. Ann’s Warehouse and tour), Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera), Le Grand Macabre (New York Philharmonic), and War Horse (Lincoln Center Theatre). Original puppet theatre work includes Hoplite Diary, Odysseus & Ajax, Ko’olau, and The Secret History of the Swedish Marionette Cottage (with Matt Acheson). Work supported by residencies in the United States and Bulgaria and by the Jim Henson Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, TCG/ITI. Co-director, St. Ann’s Puppet Lab (2008-2010). SLC, 2005–

Course Information

Current undergraduate courses

Advanced Design Theatre Studio

Year

This class will further develop the student’s skill set as a scenic designer through work on department productions and individual projects. Students will deepen their skills in drafting and rendering for the stage and develop their ability to communicate with directors, fellow designers, and the technical crew. CAD drafting and modeling in Vectorworks will be introduced through the course, as well as the use of Photoshop. In addition, students will continue to have hands-on exposure to practical scenic construction, rigging, and painting techniques. Students in this course are required to design a department production. This course is open to select students who have completed puppetry and projection design for advanced design work in those fields.

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CultureHub Live Media Workshop

Year

This course will explore live-feed projection design and technology with theatre students of Sarah Lawrence College and design and video students at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Ansan, South Korea. The course will focus on creating puppetry and miniature environments for theatrical performance in two separate locations by utilizing the telepresence studios at SeoulArts and CultureHub. Students in both locations, Seoul and New York, will be introduced to basic puppetry manipulation and construction techniques, as well as to methods for designing and building miniature sets and environments. In addition, live video feeds, chroma keying, and depth-sensing cameras will be implemented to enhance the media and performance landscape. Through the process, students will be exposed to a variety of multimedia theatre and puppetry forms and will gain an understanding of critical design considerations, including lighting, manipulation, chroma key, and live video techniques. The goal of the course will be to create collaborative performances that are a combination of manipulated figures and sets in separate physical locations. The course will be team-taught by: Professor Seung-Ho Jeong, scenic and lighting designer at Seoul Institute for the Arts and one of Korea’s most high-profile, in-demand set designers; Tom Lee, puppet artist, theatre designer, and guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College; and Billy Clark, director of CultureHub New York City and faculty of the Seoul Arts Institute.

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Projection Design for Theatre and Puppetry

Year

This course allows students to explore design possibilities in projection, animation, scenic design, and puppetry through a series of exploratory projects and group work. We will create visual sequences using the overhead projector, stop-motion animation techniques, shadow puppetry, and video animation. The course will introduce basic digital manipulation in Photoshop, simple video animation in After Effects, and the live manipulation of video using Isadora media interface software. Individual projects in the second semester will challenge students to integrate these techniques into performance. A basic knowledge of Photoshop and the Macintosh operating system is highly recommended.

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Current graduate courses

Advanced Design Theatre Studio

Year

This class will further develop the student’s skill set as a scenic designer through work on department productions and individual projects. Students will deepen their skills in drafting and rendering for the stage and develop their ability to communicate with directors, fellow designers, and the technical crew. CAD drafting and modeling in Vectorworks will be introduced through the course, as well as the use of Photoshop. In addition, students will continue to have hands-on exposure to practical scenic construction, rigging, and painting techniques. Students in this course are required to design a department production. This course is open to select students who have completed puppetry and projection design for advanced design work in those fields.

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CultureHub Live Media Workshop

Year

This course will explore live-feed projection design and technology with theatre students of Sarah Lawrence College and design and video students at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Ansan, South Korea. The course will focus on creating puppetry and miniature environments for theatrical performance in two separate locations by utilizing the telepresence studios at SeoulArts and CultureHub. Students in both locations, Seoul and New York, will be introduced to basic puppetry manipulation and construction techniques, as well as to methods for designing and building miniature sets and environments. In addition, live video feeds, chroma keying, and depth-sensing cameras will be implemented to enhance the media and performance landscape. Through the process, students will be exposed to a variety of multimedia theatre and puppetry forms and will gain an understanding of critical design considerations, including lighting, manipulation, chroma key, and live video techniques. The goal of the course will be to create collaborative performances that are a combination of manipulated figures and sets in separate physical locations. The course will be team-taught by: Professor Seung-Ho Jeong, scenic and lighting designer at Seoul Institute for the Arts and one of Korea’s most high-profile, in-demand set designers; Tom Lee, puppet artist, theatre designer, and guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College; and Billy Clark, director of CultureHub New York City and faculty of the Seoul Arts Institute.

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Projection Design for Theatre and Puppetry

Year

This course allows students to explore design possibilities in projection, animation, scenic design, and puppetry through a series of exploratory projects and group work. We will create visual sequences using the overhead projector, stop-motion animation techniques, shadow puppetry, and video animation. The course will introduce basic digital manipulation in Photoshop, simple video animation in After Effects, and the live manipulation of video using Isadora media interface software. Individual projects in the second semester will challenge students to integrate these techniques into performance. A basic knowledge of Photoshop and the Macintosh operating system is highly recommended.

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Previous courses

Design Techniques in Media and Puppetry

Year

This course allows students to explore design possibilities in projection, animation, scenic design, and puppetry through a series of exploratory projects and group work. We will create visual sequences using the overhead projector, stop-motion animation techniques, shadow puppetry, and video animation. The course will introduce basic digital manipulation in Photoshop®, simple video animation in After Effects®, and the live manipulation of video using Isadora media interface software. Individual projects in the second semester will challenge students to integrate these techniques into performance. Basic knowledge of Photoshop and the Macintosh operating system is highly recommended.

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Design Techniques in Media and Puppetry - Graduate

Year

This course allows students to explore design possibilities in projection, animation, scenic design, and puppetry through a series of exploratory projects and group work. We will create visual sequences using the overhead projector, stop-motion animation techniques, shadow puppetry, and video animation. The course will introduce basic digital manipulation in Photoshop, simple video animation in AfterEffects, and the live manipulation of video using Isadora media interface software. Individual projects in the second semester will challenge students to integrate these techniques into performance. Basic knowledge of Photoshop and the Mac operating system is highly recommended.

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Live-Feed Projection Workshop: Puppetry and Models

Year

This course will explore live-feed projection design and technology with theatre students of Sarah Lawrence College and design and video students at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Ansan, South Korea. The course will focus on creating puppetry and miniature environments for theatrical performance in two separate locations by utilizing the telepresence studios at SeoulArts and CultureHub. Students in both locations, Seoul and New York, will be introduced to basic puppetry manipulation and construction techniques, as well as to methods for designing and building miniature sets and environments. In addition, live video feeds, chroma keying, and depth-sensing cameras will be implemented to enhance the media and performance landscape. Through the process, students will be exposed to a variety of multimedia theatre and puppetry forms and will gain an understanding of critical design considerations, including lighting, manipulation, chroma key, and live video techniques. The goal of the course will be to create collaborative performances that are a combination of manipulated figures and sets in separate physical locations. The course will be team-taught by: Professor Seung-Ho Jeong, scenic and lighting designer at Seoul Institute for the Arts and one of Korea’s most high-profile, in-demand set designers; Tom Lee, puppet artist, theatre designer, and guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College; and Billy Clark, director of CultureHub New York City.

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Scenic Design I

Year

This course introduces basic elements of scenic design, including developing a design concept, drafting, and practical techniques for creating theatrical space. Students will develop tools to communicate their visual ideas through research, sketches, and models. The class will discuss examples of design from theatre, dance, and puppetry. Student projects will include both conceptual designs and production work in the department.

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Scenic Design II

Year

This class will further develop the student’s skill set as a scenic designer through work on department productions and individual projects. Students will deepen their skills in drafting and rendering for the stage and develop their ability to communicate with directors, fellow designers, and the technical crew. In addition, students will continue to have hands-on exposure to practical scenic construction, rigging, and painting techniques. Students in this course are required to design a department production.

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