Q&A with Penguin Producing Technical Director, Kyna Shilling
So, what does it mean to be a "producing technical director"?
Well, as Technical Director, I'm responsible for all the supporting elements of Penguin projects. I'm the resident expert on all the behind-the-scenes pieces: lighting, sound, props, sets, costumes... all the backstage stuff. Being a Producing TD means that I'm also involved in big picture conversations: planning, coordinating, organizing, etc. And I designed this website!
What was the most recent show you designed with Penguin?
I designed the sets and costumes for Operation 1600.
Do you have a day job?
Yep, I work full time at Taproot Theatre Company as a Production Associate. I'm also the Managing Director of Macha Theatre Works, where I produce fierce female theatre.
How many shows have you worked on with Shana?
Over 200! You can check out photos from some of my projects here.
When she's not playing with the penguins...
As a freelance theater artist, Kyna works as a Production Manager, Technical Director, Teaching Artist, Stage Manager, and Designer (lights, props, sound, costumes, and scenic design) for the Seattle theater community and Seattle Public Schools, including 12th Avenue Arts, 18th & Union, West of Lenin, Pony World Theatre, 14/48 High School, Deaf Spotlight, Marxiano Productions, Bathhouse Ensemble, Playwrights' Theatre, Young Shakespeare Workshop, Seattle Public Theater, Stage One Theatre, Nathan Hale High School, Cleveland High School, Eckstein Middle School, Taproot Theatre Company, Macha Theatre Works, and Penguin Productions.