Artist Spotlight Roberta Christensen

Meet Roberta Christensen, Set and Props designer for  Things You Can Do July 8-31!

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 Roberta Christensen (Set/Props Designer) is a multi-media artist and producer who is honored to be joining the amazing Meghan Arnette and LGT for her third show, (Emerald City – West of Lenin, Blood/Water/Paint- Theatre Off Jackson) this time around as a Set Designer. She is proud to make her return to ACT, having interned with them as a Cornish College of the Arts Performance Production student and graduate over two decades ago. She supports her theatre habit by splitting her time between Seattle and Los Angeles, producing Emmy Nominated television (ABC’s Shark Tank, Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and teaching in the area.

Artist Spotlight Interview

What was your favorite moment so far working on this piece?

I love coming to a space and working with not one, but two companies, that fully support what we are trying to do here.

What has been your favorite design challenge while working on this piece?

Creating Winter in July can be a bit tricky. People’s sensibility is skewed toward beach and waves and I was tasked with making ice… A lot of ice…and in a huge theatre space.

What images or songs helped inspire your work on this play?

I was binge watching this Stanley Tucci show called, “Fortitude”, and it takes place in ice…a frozen town, really.  And then this project popped up and I couldn’t shake the incredible images from that show.

What future projects are you excited about working on?

I’m heading back to Los Angeles to tackle producing a couple of television projects and then I am going to hibernate in Seattle for the Winter and sleep for a very very long time.

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

I would use mental telepathy to infuse kindness and compassion into every human’s mind and we would stop blowing each other up and shooting each other.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

I interned with Karen Gjelsteen one summer while I was at Cornish and she taught me this simple, but invaluable, lesson: “fuck around, fuck around go home crying”… What more do you need to know?

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”…provokes thought. Even if the thought is “I hated it.”….it’s a definitive thought.

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

I am really into spending time with people I love. It doesn’t get to happen very often, so I am taking advantage of this rare moment.  And when they are busy, I am producing multimedia work for my artsy fartsy friends.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?) If I could be any animal, it would be a magical unicorn that glided through life on rainbows…TRUE STORY!

 

 

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