Lynne M. Koscielniak
in service at all levels: national, departmental, community and university. I serve as the Kennedy Center American College Theater
Festival Region II Chair of Design and Technology and as the Director of Design
and Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance. In Western New
York I share my design expertise with community groups and at the
University at Buffalo I have shaped
outreach programs in the theatre arts. I have been influenced by design
luminaries in my field who have inspired young designers through extraordinary
experiences, responding to student work and lecturing on theory and practice in
public forums, imparting the state of the American theatre and theatre
education to the next generation of theatre artists. The personal experiences I have had with
these artists, have inspired me to give back to the profession in the same way.
as the Region II Chair of Design and Technology for the Kennedy Center American
College Theatre Festival. Region II includes Delaware,
Pennsylvania and the
In my capacity as Chair of Design and Technology, I have created
programming for faculty and students alike, providing access to opportunities
beyond those available at their home institutions. I have increased the programming at the
festival to include all major areas and subdivisions of Design, Technology and
Management. I have organized the Design
Exhibit—where students are encouraged to present realized production work and
conceptual designs in progress–to allow twice as many entries as in prior
years. I have elevated the Design
Exhibit by designing the displays and curating the entries myself, which in
turn has promoted greater student involvement.
To further elevate the stature of the event, I have worked to secure expert
respondents so that the students can benefit from the advice of the most
accomplished theatre artists and educators.
Under my watch, the Design/Tech/Management (DTM) area programming has
boomed. In 2007, fifty-two DTM sessions
took place over the four-day festival. In the KCACTF’s eight regions, 102 DTM
sessions where offered at the regional festivals last year; Region II
contributing to over half that number.
In recognition of the growth in the depth and sophistication of our DTM
programming, KCACTF honored me with an award for Excellence in Programmatic
Development this year. I look forward to organizing the 2008 Festival, to be
held at Carnegie
Pennsylvania, and in
continuing to develop my area’s offerings.
As the Director of Design and Technology in the Department of
Theatre & Dance, I have worked to refine the curriculum and structure for
the BFA in Production (Design and Technology) program. Under my leadership over
the past three years, enrollment has quadrupled. I am committed to offering the students an
education that balances theory and practice.
I identify deficiencies in our course offerings and work to resolve
these within the limitations of our resources.
As we do not have a props master or scenic artist on staff, I step in
and fill these roles so that the students do not lack training in these areas
and our department productions do not suffer.
As Director of Design and Technology, I am committed to the
program being state of the art. To this
end, I applied for and received an Educational Technology Grant that has
allowed us to work in virtual, three-dimensional models for the stage. I continue to work on funding requests and
grants to outfit our labs with automated lighting equipment and control. I have been working with the Department
Chair, Robert Knopf, to update the lighting systems in the Katherine Cornell
Theatre, a space that is used for student theatre and soon, as a result of our
work, will be a safe laboratory for performance and design/tech students alike.
I openly share my design expertise with the community, whether it
is by advising secondary education faculty on the scenery for their school
plays or speaking to groups of elementary school students about what design
is. I am particularly proud that I could
use my set design skills to design and fabricate a memorial installation for
the Firemen who lost their lives on 9/11.
Almost a year after the tragedy, the Erie County Volunteer Firemen’s
Association wished to pay tribute to the men who lost their lives on that
day. I created an installation of 343
American flags, each adorned with the name and picture of a fallen
brother. The flags were carried by 343
Western New York Volunteer Firemen who stood in the formation of “FDNY.” The
ceremony took place at the Erie County Fair Grounds in
NY with brothers
from the FDNY in attendance. I called
upon my stage management background to act as floor manager for the event,
organizing the parade of tribute participants.
The flag installation now has a permanent home in the Firemen's Memorial
Exhibit Center of WNY Inc.
At the University at Buffalo, the
Department of Theatre and Dance is housed within the Center for the Arts (CFA),
a professional producing facility. The CFA is a tremendous resource for our
students, and I greatly respect the Center staff and support their efforts in
any way I can. I have served on three
search committees for the CFA, offering my perspective on how the new hire will
relate to the educational programs that surround them. I also have offered curriculum and my
teaching services to their summer programs, which are open to the
community. The summer programs at the
CFA, “Explore the Arts” and “Technical Theatre Workshops,” strengthen the
production values of theatre happening in Western New
York. Attendees range from
students who work on their middle school stage crews to staff members from
Shea’s Performing Arts Center. It is
great to open these minds to the role of design in production and offer them
theatrical practices they can bring to their respective institutions.
believe service is integral to teaching.
My service links the University at Buffalo to the theatre profession
through my involvement with national organizations. Through my outreach efforts in the community
and my work bringing the community to the University at Buffalo, I hope to develop the
community’s personal awareness and sophistication about theatre design. I work to better the profession itself by
offering continuing education programs. After serving my term as the Chair of
Design and Technology for Region II KCACTF, I plan on running for national
office where I will have the ability to further KCACTF programming for all
eight regions. In addition to this, I
plan to continue my affiliation with the United States Institute for Theatre
Technology, moving from active member to leader. To begin to achieve this, I am leading a team
of University at Buffalo students in the 2008 USITT
Architectural Awards Program where we will be investigating and proposing an
ideal theatrical venue for the academy.