Monday, August 4, 2014

Interview: Justin Fenniman

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And now, an interview with Justin Fenniman, the technical director of Jimmy!.

By Kayleen Peña (Producing Assistant)

Justin Fenniman, NTSA's technical director, has been hard at work all season building our set. Before a weekly production meeting, I got his thoughts on the whole production process so far.

Why did you choose to be a part of the production this season?

The show sounded interesting from what I heard from Stephanie Malaspina, the stage manager, and also the two technical directors that did the show last year (Neil Stoelting and Ben Spinale). They said it was a very good learning experience for the technical director position, which is what I want to pursue in the future.

What's been your favorite part about tech directing for NTSA this season?

My favorite thing is that I kind of have all the responsibility on me. And it's all up to me to build the show. And I like all of the problem-solving with how we're going to build the show, and deciding what works and what doesn't work. I like the independence that comes with working with NTSA.

What's been difficult about tech directing for NTSA this season?

The lack of a build space is difficult. I've had to work in my backyard.

What are your thoughts on Jimmy! so far?

It seems like a very interesting and creative show. I feel like it has a lot of potential to be a very good show.

What advice would you give to future technical directors?

You need to have a lot of patience, and you need to be ready to work on your own. You also have to be okay with solving problems by yourself and not really having a lot of other people to ask questions. I would say that it's up to you to see if you're ready for that kind of responsibility.

Why should someone buy a ticket to Jimmy! right now? At this moment?

It's a show that I've never heard of before, and it's completely different from anything I've ever seen, but different is good. It's very unique. People will love it.

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