10 Questions for a Broadway Pro. Volume 3: A Tony Award-Winning Designer

David Gallo is one of the hippest guys around, and he’s one of the most in-demand designers in town, thanks to his terrific work on a ton of shows, from Drowsy Chaperone (Tony, Tony, Tony) to Xanadu to Memphis to Thoroughly Modern Millie (where I first worked with him).

In addition to his theatrical work in town, David does a lot of stuff all over the country and all over the world, proving that great theater doesn’t have anything to do with a street address . . . it’s about the people involved.

Enjoy these 10 Questions with David Gallo!

 

1. What is your title?

Designer

2. What show/shows are you currently working on?

Right now I am in Vienna doing a new company of the show Ich war noch niemals in New York.  It is a large-scale musical based on the work of the renowned pop star Udo Jurgens.  The show originally opened to acclaim in Hamburg and the producers have decided to extend that success to the rest of the continent.

I am also thrilled to be working on some new plays such as Stickfly by the remarkable young playwright Lydia Diamond.  We produced it at the Arena Stage in DC and the next venue will be at the Huntington Theater in Boston.  It was a great return to work with my old friend Kenny Leon as director.

Added to that I recently spent time with my favorite regional theater: the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where I was thrilled to be a part of the theatrical debut of the bestselling author Walter Mosley.  His play The Fall of Heaven is something special and the work of director Marion McClinton is worth noting as well.

3. In one sentence, describe your job.

Claw your way into the mind of the playwright and director and give them what they desire (whether they like it or not).

4. What skills are necessary for a person in your position?

Be available to all sources.  Know inspiration is everywhere  What works…works.

5. What kind of training did you go through to get to your position?

Years of working on Theatre Row.  The theaters on West 42nd Street were my finishing school.  I was pleased to spend time working for many of the companies that produced there.

6. What was your first job in theater?

I made masks for a production of Pippin.  That was a great start.

7. Why do you think theater is important?

It just is…and it will always be.

Theater is the most basic form of human interaction.  We desire to see ourselves.  On stage and in the living moment.

8. What is your profession’s greatest challenge today?

Keeping things real.  Lots of media have been elbowing itself into the basic nature of true design but who can argue that what is seen before the audience is what really matters.

9. If you could change just one thing about the industry with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?

I wish we had more time.

10. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?

Read, watch, learn, experience.  Ask others that have gone before you.  The future is yours.  Don’t concern yourself with pointless issues.
For more on David, including a look at some of his stuff, visit his website at www.DavidGallo.com.

How To Get Your Show Off The Ground – The Seminar!

I get a lot of emails from people with a lot of the same questions about shows that they are writing, shows that they are producing, shows that they are planning, and so on.  Everyone wants to know what it takes to get their show off the ground!

I can totally relate to where you’re all coming from.  Several of my shows were originally just thoughts in my head.  I had to figure out how to get these thoughts out of my head, onto paper and then onto the stage (you wouldn’t even believe how hard it was to breathe life into the Altar Boyz).

Unfortunately, I can’t answer all of the emails as extensively as I’d like.  And when I do, I usually end up thinking, “Boy, I bet there are a whole bunch of other people that would be interested in this answer as well.”

So, for all of these reasons, I’ve decided to go off-line and hold a seminar, entitled:

GET YOUR SHOW OFF THE GROUND!

On January 23rd, from 10a – 6p, I’m inviting only 20 people to join me at Theatre Row for an intensive and individualized seminar designed to help you get to the next level with your project.

Topics that I’m sure we’ll discuss:

– How to find funding and investors
– How to market with no money
– How to pick a performance space
– How to find a director, composer, etc.
– How to create a budget

Here’s the cool part.  This is not going to be one of those lame-ass boring seminars where I just talk all day.  I’ve limited it to only twenty people to insure that everyone gets personal attention.  Here’s how it will work:

Each attendee will get a minimum of 15-20 minutes of time to ask questions and discuss their project with me.  You can ask whatever you want, about whatever stage your project is in.  Together we’ll come up with ways to get you to the next step.

Everyone else gets to listen to this discussion, giving us all an opportunity to learn from everyone else’s issues.

It’ll be an exclusive think tank of creative producers, writers, etc. who are dedicated to their show and the process of what we do.

And without a doubt, I guarantee that all attendees will be in a better place with your projects after the seminar.

Here are the details:

GET YOUR SHOW OFF THE GROUND
Saturday, January 23rd.
10 AM – 6 PM (1 hour break for lunch)
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd St., NYC.
Cost $350/person.

To reserve your spot, click the Pay Pal button below.




Oh, and I mean it when I used the word “guarantee.”  Not happy?  I’ll give you your money back with no questions asked.

FYI, I’m announcing this on my blog before I announce it anywhere else, because I want all of my readers to get this opportunity first.  In order to make sure that everyone gets the individual attention that makes this seminar special, I had to limit it to only 20 people.  The spots will go fast.  A press release goes out 24 hours after this blog gets posted, so reserve today!

See you at the seminar!  It’s going to be fun.

UPDATE:

The January 23 Seminar is sold out.

If you’d like to be put on our waiting list, please email my
assistant, Melissa, at melissa@davenporttheatrical.com.
The wait list is on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you email
ASAP.

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Looking for the next Get Your Show Off The Ground seminar?  Click here for the next seminar and book today.

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