Free Winter Workshop Series

Each of these workshops is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Registration is required. To register, contact Bill Raiten at or 374-5057.

Storyboard Illustration & Set Design for the Theater with Ken Weinberg
Monday, January 23 & Friday, January 27 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This two-evening workshop, designed for ten or more students, will explore the art of storyboard illustration, a common practice used to create a sequence of drawings that represent the series of shots planned for a film, as well as the art of set design for live theater.  

In the storyboard portion, each student will work in teams of two or more to create the storyboard for a documentary or a short film or even to advertise a product of their own. Participants will learn to create the storyboard and bring it to the point where it could be used to shoot a video.

In the set design portion, the teams will pick a scene from Fiddler on the Roof. They will discuss the play and design their different interpretations of the set for that scene with Ken Weinberg. They will then work with Bill Raiten, Fiddler on the Roof’ director to discuss the construction, set dressing (painting) and props. 

Ken Weinberg retired after 41 years in the motion picture business. He worked on myriad films starring such wonderful actors as Barbara Streisand, Michael Douglass, Jack Lemon, Robert DeNiro and with many other talented actors and directors. In Maine, he designed many sets and props for Bill Raiten at the New Surry Theatre and Theatre Arts Works.

The Art of Theater Makeup - An Introduction with Elena Bourakovsky
Monday, February 27 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join experienced makeup artist, Elena Bourakovsky, for an introduction to what goes into working with theater makeup, a subject explored in-depth in her class in the Performing Arts School. Gain insight into the materials and techniques used to design and apply makeup for the stage: corrective aging and special effects.

Elena Bourakovsky headed the large costume department of the Komedy Theatre of Leningrad, Soviet Union, (St. Petersburg, Russia) for fifteen years where she presided over the design and implementation of costumes for a repertory theatre that performed more than twenty plays each year. In 1990 she was invited to come to The University of Maine, Orono as a J1 exchange Professor of Costume Design to work in the Costume Department and to teach Theatre Make-Up. She has designed costumes, make-up, or the entire production for more than fifty plays,operas and musicals. She has worked with professional and community theatres, colleges, and youth groups in Maine, Canada, and California.

Overview of Stage Lighting and Sound Effects with Frank John
Monday, March 6 & Friday, March 10 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

This two-evening workshop will provide hands-on experience using lighting instruments and controls.  Topics to be covered include:

- lighting instruments
- controls
- focusing
- "the wash"
- set design and lighting compromises
- future technology
- using QLAB

Frank John has been NST's Technical Director for a number of years.  He works on all the sets and has been responsible for lighting NST's shows for the past 5 years.