With the start of a new MainStage season, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.
Memphis is starting this week and someone behind the cool set is our Resident Set Designer/Technical Director Mike Nichols, who has been with the theatre for more than three decades.
Here is what he has to say about his theatre experience here at The Rep:
How long you have worked at The Rep: 32 years
Education/training: BSE in Speech/Theatre Arts at the University of Central Arkansas and a MA in Drama at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
How’d you get into the theatre biz: I fell into it when the scene shop foreman job came open at UCA.
Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: West Side Story and Towns Facing Railroads because of the design process and result.
One thing people would be surprised about your job: I design every aspect of each set and those pieces are built, painted and installed under my supervision in The Rep’s scene shop.
Favorite seat in the house: BB17
Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Memphis here!