Chris Haig

In collaboration with professional directors and designers, I have helped create settings and props for theatre productions throughout the Philadelphia region for 20 years.

 

                My ability to communicate easily with others and take initiative for my work allows me to successfully convey the ideas and concepts of playwrights and directors while adding my own personal aesthetic.

 

                Discipline and focus have been key to my success thus far.  Determined to bring my personal commitment to every project, designs are completed on time, within budget and to the highest standards of quality.

 

A career creating extraordinary theatrical experiences continues to be my objective.

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Properties Master and Set Designer, Arden Theatre Company

​August 2011 - present

 

Responsible for the procurement, design, construction and maintenance of all hand props and set dressing for the Arden's nine show season. Maintain and manage rentals from their extensive prop and furniture stock. Train and inspire developing theater artists through the theater's nationally recognized apprentice and internship programs. 

Set designed Tiny Beautiful Things  based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the world premier adaption of Snow White written and directed by Greg Banks, Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan for the inaugural production in the Arden's newest theatre space, The Bob and Selma Horan Studio at the Hamilton Family Arts Center and At the Old Place by Rachel Bonds for the Arden's Writer's Room series.

Coming up next, back in the Bob & Selma set and prop designing No Child by Nilaja Sun.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Senior Lecturer and Set Designer, University of the Arts

​January 2017 - December 2019

Taught Scenic and Prop Technology, a required course for all Acting and Musical Theatre Majors at the University of the Arts. The course covered the fundamentals of scenic and properties design. Students completed the course with an understanding of the vocabulary, tools, materials, methods and techniques for creating a stage set and properties. 

Set designed Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Fadi Skeiker and The Wild Party by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Nell Bang-Jensen. 

Set and Props Designer, Theatre Horizon

​February 2010 - present

 

Responsible for the procurement, organization and maintenance of hand props and set dressing for Theater Horizon’s productions of Fat Pig, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barrymore Award for Best Musical), The Credeaux Canvas, Kimberly Akimbo, Spring AwakeningCircle Mirror Transformation, Into the Woods, Lobby Hero, A New Brain and White.

Set designed Peter and the Starcatcher and The Few both directed by Matthew Decker. Coming up next, set and prop designing Athena by Gracie Gardner, directed by KC MacMillan.

Set Designer, Haiger Productions

​June 2018 - present

 

Designed the set of the world premiere production of Basic Witches by Robi Hager and John Treacy Egan, directed by Steve Pacek at the Bob & Selma Horan Studio Theatre at Arden Theatre Company.

Set Designer, Inis Nua Theatre Company

​November 2017 - February 2020

 

Designed the set of Alan Harris' Love, Lies & Taxidermy in the Bluver Theatre at the Drake, directed by Tom Reing.

Designed the set of A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy, directed by Claire Moyer.

Set Designer, 1812 Productions

​June 2017 - October 2017

Designed the set of Jonathan Tolin's Buyer & Cellar on the main stage of Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia.

Set and Props Designer

Simpatico Theatre

​January 2010 - June 2017

 

Designed the props for Pyretown, The Cryptogram, Evie’s WaltzA Bright New Boise, and The Lysistrata Project.

Designed the set and props for Dead Man's Cell PhoneThe Meep Project, The Black Monk, and The Amish Project

Designed the set for Hir by Taylor Mac and the world premiere of R. Eric Thomas' Time Is On Our Side (Barrymore Nomination for Best Scenic Design).

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, University of the Arts

​1997 - 2001

Candidate for Master of Science in Arts Administration, Drexel University

2008 - 2010

Certificate in AutoCAD, Community College of Philadelphia

​2009

Certificate in Film, New York Film Academy

2001

Skills

Illustration, Painting and Drawing

Hand Drafting, AutoCAD, Google SketchUp

Faux Food Crafting

Sculpting in foam, wood and found objects

Carpentry

Welding

Photoshop

Photography

Filmmaking and Editing (real film not digital)

Time Management

Money Management

Personnel Management

Rentals Management

Contract Drafting

Teaching/Mentoring

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