On Monday, December 3rd, we were delighted to welcome Mr. Philip Rosenberg '89 to campus! Phil was in Tucson, from his home in New York City, to put the finishing touches on his lighting design for the Arizona Theater Company's production of The Music Man. This show is running at the same time as his newest work, Pretty Woman: The Musical, which opened on Broadway August 16th.
His career has been a brilliant one (pun intended!). You can see Phil's portfolio on his website. The work is incredible. The list of productions is amazing.
Phil carved out a little bit of time to visit Mrs. Lisa Bodden's Theater Design class. The time was relaxed, conversational, and filled with incredible advice about how to pursue a career in design. Students asked questions, shared a bit about their hopes for an opportunity to work in gaming, marketing, and even health care in the military. He talked at length about crushing traditional barriers and self-advocacy.
As we toured the campus afterward, Phil recalls his experience in theater production, during high school, as much different than today. There was no performing arts building and there was no theater. Plays and musicals were originally done in the library. It was a big deal when El Mirador was completed with a real stage. Yet, there were no permanent lighting, sets, or workshops for the cast and crew. He lingered in the lobby to enjoy the middle school art show and was taken with the quality of the student work. We talked about the importance of his education here, how he loved returning to see things growing, and kids enjoying many of the same things he knows matter.
The Music Man runs at The Arizona Theater Company through December 30th. Seats are still available and we encourage you to take in the show!