No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design

No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design showcases the application of miniatures in theatrical productions. This exhibit brings together more than a dozen models from talented scene designers whose masterful maquettes were created for productions by Arizona Opera, the University of Arizona School of Music’s Opera Theater, the University of Arizona Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theater Company.

In addition to full-color scale models, this exhibit will also include the designer’s scale drawings, white models and theatrical production photographs, illustrating the progressive phases of set design and the final outcome of the process in full scale on the stage.


Opening Reception

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6pm until 8pm. Meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments. Open to the public, general admission rates apply. Free for members.


Education Guide

Click here to access a pdf guide that will provide students the opportunity to learn about the production aspects of putting on a theatrical performance, discover career opportunities in theater beyond acting, and illustrate a practical application for miniature artwork.

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Artist Biographies

PETER BEUDERT'S Scenic Designer

Scenic designer Peter Beudert’s recent work includes Hunter/Gatherers and THIS at the Actors’ Theatre Phoenix. Other recent professional productions include A Going Concern at the award-winning Famous Door Theatre (Chicago), and Love's Labour's Lost at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, The Pajama Game and WIT at the Arizona Theatre Company. He is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television where he has designed scenery for As You Like It, Dracula, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed, Tartuffe, Henry IV Parts I & II, The Cider House Rules, Cabaret, Arcadia, The Kentucky Cycle and many other productions. Recently, he was a senior Fulbright Research Scholar working with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Paris Opera. This was his second Fulbright. He is co-author of all three editions of Scenic Art For The Theatre with Susan Crabtree. Peter Beudert is a member of United Scenic Artists.



Michelle Bisbee is a third year MFA Scenic Design Candidate at the University of Arizona. She has worked for Arizona Repertory Theatre as scenic designer for Hay Fever and is currently in the planning stages of designing the spring musical, Nine. Other credits include Assistant Head of Props for Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Props and Puppets Technician for Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and Scenic Artist for the Arizona Theatre Company.



SALLY DAY Scenic Designer

Sally Day is a freelance scene designer based in Tucson. Productions include Arizona Opera’s 2004 production of Il Tabarro / I Pagliacci and 2012 production of Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci. Ms. Day has designed nearly a dozen presentations for the U of A’s School of Music Opera Department. Other companies she has designed for include: Arizona Repertory Theatre Company, Borderlands Theatre, Bloodhut Theatre, Southwestern Ballet Company Dance Festival, New Articulations Dance Company (as Lighting Designer), a.k.a. theatre and Pima Community College. Ms. Day has trained outside of Tucson as both a scenic artist and design assistant at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington, Illinois.


 Scenic Designer

Scenic Designer John Ezell designed the scenery for Arizona Theatre Company’s productions of Hair, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club and Ten Chimneys. He has designed for Broadway, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater, as well as Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC and numerous regional theaters. Internationally, Mr. Ezell has designed for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, the European Theatre Olympics in Istanbul, The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, among others. His work has received the Award for Experimental Television Art in Milan, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence and eleven Critics' Circle Awards. He was recognized for contributions to the American Theatre on the 75thanniversary of the founding of the Yale School of Drama and he is recipient of Washington University’s 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award.



Jacklyn Fitzgerald is a third year graduate candidate in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in scenic design at the University of Arizona. Before graduating this fall she will have designed three main-stage productions for the university's professional company The Arizona Repertory Theatre: The Voice of the PrairieHow I Learned to Drive, and Cymbeline. After graduation Jacklyn plans to pursue a design career in New York City.


NATALIE M. LAPE Scenic Designer

Natalie M. Lape, originally from St. Louis Missouri, graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre and a minor in Interior Design. She is currently a third year graduate student at the University of Arizona seeking a Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design. Natalie has worked and trained as a Scenic Designer, Scenic Charge, Scenic Artist, Graphic and Event Designer.



VICKI SMITH Scene Designer

Scenic designer Vicki Smith has designed eighteen sets for Arizona Theater Company (ATC) productions. Her set design for ATC’s Death of a Salesman won a Tony Award in 1998. She has designed fifty productions for Denver Center Theatre Company and has also designed for Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Penumbra Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre Louisville, Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Alley Theatre, ACT (Seattle), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and others.  She’s received Bay Area Critics Award for Kite Runner and Execution of Justice, a DramaLogue award for Cyrano, Colorado Theatre Guild and Denver Ovation Awards for Mariela in the Desert, I’m Not Rappaport and Pierre, which was selected for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exposition 2007. She was associate designer for ACT (San Francisco) and received MFAs in both technical theatre and sculpture from the University of Washington.


JOHN WAREING Scenic Designer

Scenic designer John Wareing received a BFA and an MFA from the University of Arizona School of Theatre. He recently retired from Arizona Theatre Company where he built scenery.



PETER WEXLER Scenic Designer

Peter Wexler has designed Broadway musicals (The Happy Time, Minnie’s Boys), operas for The Metropolitan Opera (Les Troyens, Un Ballo in Maschera, Le Prophète), hundreds of concerts for The New York Philharmonic (The Rugs Concerts, The Promenades Concerts), The Boston Symphony (Pops), L.A. Symphony (Hollywood Bowl) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has designed scores of plays on and off Broadway and around the country (War and Peace), helped found regional theatres (the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, among them) and consulted on TV design from The Merv Griffen Show to ABC World News with Peter Jennings. He has also produced large outdoor music festivals featuring artists ranging from the Dixie Chicks and Willie Nelson to Van Cliburn and Mstislav Rostropovich; large museum exhibitions for The Smithsonian Institution and many others; and has consulted on the design of theatres and concert performance spaces. His sketches, paintings, models and photographs are widely held in public and private collections, including those of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center – Billy Rose Collection, the Tobin Collection at the McNay Art Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA. Used under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).