Colin Manning

Colin Manning

Manning working in the scene shop to build the set he designed for our Spring 2013 production of Harvey

When Colin Manning ’13 was named as the set designer for Harvey, he was given a huge opportunity and an even bigger responsibility.  Now, almost a year since he made his proposal, Colin is in the middle of constructing the very set he designed!

The department of Theatre and Dance sat down with Colin
to talk about this great opportunity and the challenges it presents.

T&D:What is your major?

Manning as Lord Capulet in Spring 2010’s Romeo & Juliet

Colin: Theatre.

T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?

Colin: Design, especially set design.

T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?

Colin: I did it in high school, mainly because my friends were doing it.  My first show was The Island of Doctor Moreau.  I was an assistant stage manager.

T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?

Colin: Romeo and Juliet, that’s what got me to be a theatre major.

T&D: What are your plans after graduation?

Colin: I am going to stay in the DC area, and try and get some work.  Maybe get a nice bartending job.

T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?

Colin: I like indubitably, because it sounds fancy.  My least favorite word is casted, because it doesn’t exist, it’s not a word.  Cast is the past tense of cast.

T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?

Colin: Hershey’s Cookies and Cream.

T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?

Colin: I’d like to work on The Woman In Black, because it’s a ghost story. Oo0, spooky.

T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?

Colin: I am interested in comic books, archaeology, and Scandinavian culture.

T&D: What was your favorite part of designing the set for Harvey? The biggest challenge?

Colin: My favorite part is watching the design come into existence. The biggest challenge was the fact that I’ve never done it before on such a large scale.

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