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Penn State Sound Design Professor’s Work Exhibited at World Stage Design 2013

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Curtis Craig, assistant professor and head of the undergraduate sound design program in the Penn State School of Theatre, was named an exhibition finalist in World Stage Design 2013, a festival of international performance design in theatre, opera and dance that takes place every four years. Craig was one of 117 designers—and only 17 from the United States—selected for the exhibit. He exhibited his sound design from Gizmo, which was produced by Penn State Centre Stage in spring 2012. World Stage Design 2013 was hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, September 5–14.

Gizmo, a contemporary adaptation of Czech playwright Carel Kapek’s 1921 science fiction production, R.U.R., required a blending of art and technology in order to bring robots—or gizmos—to the stage. Images projected on a screen behind the actors moved in sync with music scored by Craig himself.

“Being asked to exhibit in World Stage Design for the second time is such an honor and a thrill,” says Craig. “To have the chance to show the world what is happening here in the School of Theatre at Penn State makes it even more special.”

Craig previously exhibited in World Stage Design 2009, in Seoul, South Korea, where he was awarded the grand prize for his composition and sound design work on the School of Theatre’s production of Pentecost.

In addition to the exhibit, World Stage Design 2013 included performances, workshops, presentations and seminars presented by leading industry experts covering every aspect of design for performance. For more information, visit