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  • Mel Springer

    Theatre Tech

    Littleton, CO

I have vast experience in props design and fabrication with a variety of construction skills. I have done design, technical direction, event work, convention work, construction for touring shows, specialty projects, museum work, lead/foreperson work, contract negotiation, and props mastership.

Work Samples

Work History

  • Master Props Craftsperson

    My duties were: To build props from pictures, research, and/or plans.
    Oversee the building of props by four other craftpersons.
    Maintain shop supplies and safety standards for a six person crew.
    Be a liaison between labor and management, work with other departments.
    Work with the Shopper/Buyer to obtain shop supplies and materials for building props.
    Help maintain the 8000 sq/ft prop warehouse.

    I also was on the contract negotiating team representing Labor in contract negotiations between IATSE
    Local 13 Shop 2 and The Guthrie Theater
    Also a member of the Labor Management committee dealing with issues between labor and
    management that fell outside of contract requirements.

  • Other

    • various
    • 1993 - 2014 (21 years)

    I have also worker for KSTP and KSTC television (Minnesota State Fair projects), Pilsbury Playhouse (Prop Master), Center For Hmong Arts and Talent (Prop Master), Minnesota Orchestra (Scene Design, build and Prop Master), St. Croix Valley Summer Theater (Technical Direction), Phipps Center For The Arts (Sets, props, lighting), and other theater/Ballet/ personal props projects.
    Skills:Tig welding, carpentry, run crew, rail, metal work, basic lighting, basic electrical, tool repair, shopper, set design, technical direction, basic Mig welding, basic sound, basic lighting design, basic sound design, lead experience, props mastership.

  • Lead Craftsperson

    I ran the production and refurb of props for Sesame Street Live Tours. I also build and installed sets for corporate events, museum displays and entertainment events.

  • Designer/Technical Director

    Design and technical direct a six show season for an established community theater. Duties included all aspects of the technical end and some building maintenance.

  • Technical Director

    Technical Direction for the Playhouse and a related production company.


  • Leadership Class with Michael Coty

    • Certification http://michaelcoty.com/
    • 2013 - 2013

    A management class that was developed to include class time with a real world applied project associated with each class.

  • University of Wiconsin River Falls

    • BS Theater
    • 1990 - 1995

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Theater Arts and a minor in Art.



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