Student working on a research project.


Student researchers identify viable solutions to technical problems associated with the further development of "The Nutcracker," produced by Shea's Performing Arts Center, Neglia Ballet Artists, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Working directly with set designer, Lynne Koscielniak, the following will be addressed: fabrication and rigging methods of multipart, organic, suspended scenic elements; automation of cantilevered stair units; green methods for flame retarding porous materials; low temperature lighting technology for permanent install within scenic units; special fx options to create "appearing acts" within close proximity of talent; innovative treatments to transform fabrics for dream sequences; and industry practices for transporting non-traditional scenery. Developing innovative solutions to creative problems within ballet production are the focus of the work. Reports including schematics, inventories, budgets, and associated renderings will be presented.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Communication, Computational Science, Computer Science, Dance, Theatre
Student Skill-Set Needed: Research skills needed :
Ability to access and evaluate information; excellent oral communication skills; excellent writing/documentary skills; conference participation; computer skills relevant to specific creative problems:
Microsoft office suite, ado
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Lynne M. Koscielniak
Department: Theatre And Dance
Office: Director Of Design And Technology