Mark Reaney

Professor
Head of Scenography Program
Primary office:
785-864-2690
Murphy Hall
Room 233


Mark Reaney is a Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas. He received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught for three years at the University of Tulsa before moving to Kansas in 1987.

With around 150 design credits, Mark is a winner of national and international awards for scenic design and a pioneer in the use of computer graphics in theatre design. Mark is currently Director of the Institute for the Exploration of Virtual Realities, a research group actively exploring the links between real-time computer simulations and theatrical performance. Mark's original VR technology and designs for KU's 1995 production of The Adding Machine won international acclaim and the attention of both theatre and computing professionals all over the world.

Since then, i.e.VR has continued it's work by developing VR tools for scenic designers, studying the possible uses of 3-D video for transmitting and recording live performance events and creating working VR scenic models for the world-wide-web. In 1996 members of i.e.VR staged a production of Arthur Kopit's Wings for KU's University Theatre. This production broke new ground by outfitting an entire audience with virtual reality head-mounted displays.

In 1998, Reaney and i.e.VR staged a production of a new script, Tesla Electric. This production introduced the use of panoramic, photo-realistic, computer generated images. The 1999 production of Machinal broke new ground in the combination of virtual reality and live video images. A collaboration with the University of Kent at Canterbury, England produced the exciting 2000 VR production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. And, the 2001 production of the children's theatre piece Dinosaurus introduced the use of real-time virtual characters in the form of giant dinosaurs!

Teaching

It must be noted that I was on medical leave during the Spring of 2015 while underfgoing chemotherapy. Nevertheless, I designed scenery for a full length opera; THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and attended my classes once or twice each month.

My philosophy of effective teaching of scenography is to marry theory and practice. So a listing of courses taught would have to include all the mentor-apprentice relationships that occur in the producing of designs for UT productions. These relationships are particularly fruitful students as well as myself as I rely more heavily on student assistants to realize designs.

Most of my classes feature instruction in Computer-aided design which, because of its timely subject matter, must be completely updated every time it is offered.

Teaching Interests

  • Scenography, BFA, MFA

Research

In addition to my traditional creative work as scenographer, I have embarked upon an additional line of research; the theoretical and practical application of computer and other electronic technologies in theatre production. As a result of this study, the ensuing publications and several fully mounted, computer-mediated stage productions; I am currently acknowledged as a leading world authority in new technologies in the theatre.

I am currently reconfiguring my methods of design to conform to my physical disability. It seems that the continued experimentation in computer-aided graphics is proving valuable in this regard.

Research Interests

  • Scenography
  • Technology
  • Computers

Service

I have cut down on my participation on University Committees due to the lack of consideration in using accessible meeting spaces.

Selected Work

Scenic Designer, Picnic, William Inge, KU, KU, Murphy Hall, Craton-Preyer Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas, 09/30/2016 - 10/06/2016

Scenic Designer, Angel Street, Patrick Hamilton, KU, KU, Murphy Hall, Inge Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas, 07/22/2016 - 07/30/2016

Lighting Designer, Little Women; The Broadway Musical, Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, KU, Murphy Hall, Craton-Preyer Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas, 04/08/2016 - 04/16/2016

Lighting Design, Lighting Design "A DOLL'S HOUSE", Henrick Ibsen, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Lawrencce, Kansas, 09/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

Scenic Design, Scenic Design "SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE", Charles Marowit, Stage TOO!, Lawrence, Kansas, 05/01/2015 - 06/30/2015

Scenic Designer, Scenic Design "THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO", Wolfgang Amadeua Mozart, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas, 04/01/2015 - 05/31/2015

Scenic Designer, The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, KU, 06/01/2014 - 07/31/2014

Selected Presentations

Reaney, M. (10/01/2016 - 10/31/2016). VIRTUAL REALITY ON STAGE. DIGITAL HUMANITIES LECTURES. HALL CENTER. Available Here

 
 

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