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The Update on Eitrheim

October 2011 | by Val Zawada '13


kris-eitrheimThe students are in and out of classes, lights are being hung for the fall musical, and life seems to be moving along normally in Galvin Fine Arts Center. However, there is one distinguishing characteristic that is missing- a booming laugh and the friendly calls of "Red Beard!" through the halls. That's because Kris Eitrheim, the technical director and loved professor has been on sabbatical.

Valerie Zawada '13 checked in with Kris to see how things are going. Eitrheim says he is "really enjoying the opportunity to focus on one thing, and not worry about what's going on in the shop."

When asked exactly what that one thing was, Eitrheim explained that he has been "working on further understanding Vectorworks, a computer aided drafting (CAD) software program, and Photoshop."

The CAD for Theatre class has been listed as a course offering for years now, but Ambrose hasn't had anyone skilled enough to teach it. When Eitrheim returns in the spring, the class will once again have an instructor. 

Eitrheim has also been working on designing "A Little Night Music" for Drake University in Des Moines. Eitrheim was the designer for Ambrose's production years ago, and he is "really enjoying the opportunity to work on it again, it is forcing me to actually use the things I am learning". 

Eitrheim will soon be taking a trip to the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis to investigate the work that's been done on preparing new networking possibilities for lights and to see if there is potential for such a system at Ambrose.

Eitrheim also wishes to visit Chicago and Milwaukee in the next few months for the same reason. Eitrheim is enjoying his time on sabbatical, and the Ambrose Theater Department wishes him luck on his upcoming learning experiences–at least he doesn't have midterms to worry about!

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