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S*P*A*Minar | Set Decoration: The Forgotten Narrative with Larry Heyman, November 14th

Michael S. Eddy • Stage DirectionsTheater News • November 12, 2021

In this Month’s S*P*A*Minar, Larry Heyman, S*P*A*M Member, Assistant Professor in properties design and fabrication and a Lecturer in the design program at Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Theatre and Set Decorator will lead a conversation about the challenges presented by set dressing, set decoration, and design. He’ll examine the concept that set decoration and dressing is an extension of the narrative created by the director and set designer. Participants will discuss issues and concerns facing the modern properties director as they embark on “painting” the details of the set from an artistic and storytelling perspective. S*P*A*Minars are put on by the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M). 

They’ll talk about the details can be learned about a character by examining their surroundings. These details are not items usually found on the prop list, but are what help create three-dimensional characters as opposed to a flat caricatures.

This S*P*A*Minar takes place next Sunday, November 14th at 8pm online.


S*P*A*M is requesting pay-what-you-can donations to support the S*P*A*Minar programming. All money collected will be used to offset webinar operation costs with additional funds going to our annual grant program for early career prop people. Suggested donation amount is $3. Donations can be made via PayPal here:

Registration will remain open until 6:00 p.m. EST on November 14th and a link to the Zoom S*P*A*Minar session will be sent out to all registered attendees 1 hour before the start of the webinar.

All S*P*A*Minars will be recorded, and the video will be shared here the week following the event.

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