Shining a Spotlight on Technical Theatre

Spotlight Date: 
February 22, 2013
Molly Block Technical Director

Molly Block has been working countless hours getting ready for the Theatre Department’s production of Guys and Dolls --- but you won’t see her on stage; she spends her time working feverishly behind the scenes.  Molly, a senior in the Theatre Department, took some time out of her hectic production schedule to sit down and answer a few questions about her experiences at Dreyfoos.

Molly auditioned for and was accepted as a Theatre performance major but after working on several build and run crews she quickly realized she was more fulfilled working behind the scenes.  During her junior year Molly was promoted to Assistant Technical Director for the Dreyfoos productions of Midsummer and The Metamorphosis.  This year, as a senior, she was the Technical Director for the fall production of Raisin in the Sun and the upcoming musical Guys and Dolls which opens March 1st.

Technical theatre students work hundreds of hours a year after school and on weekends to create the outstanding sets, costumes, props and lighting you see in every show the Theatre Department produces.  As the Technical Director (TD) Molly is responsible for taking what the director and designers have planned and translating it into the physical scenery you see on stage.  She manages the materials, labor, budget and seemingly endless task lists.  Problem solving is the main responsibility of a TD and it is also what she enjoys the most about the job, “being constantly challenged by new problems keeps me going” said Ms. Block.  Being a woman in a male dominated profession is another hurdle she enjoys, “it’s about gaining respect without being seen as a witch, it’s not something men would have to do, but I am up for the challenge”.

During the summers she doesn’t slow down, she has had internships at Andrews Living Art Studio in Ft. Lauderdale and spent a summer at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater in Allentown PA.  All her hard work is paying off; Molly was nominated for a coveted Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Award for her work in Technical Theatre.

Molly recently returned from unified college auditions in Chicago where she met with top colleges and has offers from several including: University of Southern California, Purchase College, Webster University, Carnegie Mellon and Boston University.  Now she has some hard decisions to make! 

When asked what Dreyfoos means to her Molly said, “Dreyfoos means EVERYTHING; it is the most incredible place!  Students want to be here.  I enjoy being in an environment that is intellectually and artistically stimulating with students who have a real passion for the arts.”