FROM THE EDITOR.
Welcome to the spring 2019 issue of Theatre Design & Technology. In this issue, we celebrate the work of three designers, exploring their artistic contributions and influential mentoring, while also examining how colleagues are working to maintain legacies. We also investigate a new material and its potential efficacy in standard scenic construction and continue our ongoing coverage of modern theatre architecture.
Cade Sikora shares his research into how production teams maintain and remount Maria Bjornson's designs for The Phantom of the Opera and The Little Prince. Through interviews with collaborators and archival research, Sikora presents a look behind the scenes into the processes and considerations involved in honoring and advancing a designers' vision after her passing.
Pamela Howard offers her reflections upon Ralph Koltai's career, while also excerpting interviews with some of Koltai's frequent collaborators. These frank and detailed memories, as well as images of Koltai's design models, allow us to honor his work and gain insight into his creative process.
Kathryn Eader honors Dr. David Nancarrow's design career and wide-ranging influence on generations of students and colleagues. Nancarrow's tenure at UT Austin enabled him to impact how so many of us experience and teach lighting design, and Eader shares some fond memories and inspirational moments in this memorial piece.
Andrew S. Young presents the results of his research on carbon fiber as a potential new construction material for scenic pieces. The article takes us through the experiment's design and execution, while offering future considerations alongside the results and conclusions.
This issue also includes another installment in our multi-year research collaboration with Buhnentechnische Rundschau, the journal of the Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (Germany's Theatre Technical Society) and Sightline, the journal of the Association of British Theatre technicians. Shozo Motosugi continues our ongoing exploration of how communities renovate spaces to create new artistic hubs that serve a variety of cultural needs through his piece on the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre.
--Eileen Curley, Editor