Technical Theater Techniques in Haunted Houses

Saturday, 11 May 2019
03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

When you say "technical theater," people often immediately associate that with "hard" and "expensive." In fact, neither of those has to be true. In this panel, I'll talk about how to apply techniques and equipment from the technical theater world into a haunted house, and how not to spend a fortune doing it. I'll be specifically focusing on dynamic lighting using inexpensive fixtures controlled by DMX software, synchronized with sound effects. Class Level: Advanced


Michael Sawyer

During the day, Michael is a software engineer at one of the Seattle tech companies, but in his spare time, he's the artistic director of the Nile Nightmares haunted attraction in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. He's been involved with the haunt scene for nearly 15 years, starting out acting before moving into scene design over the past 5 years. With over 20 years experience with volunteer technical theatre work, he's bringing that experience into the Nile Nightmares haunted house, expanding its use of lighting, sound, and special effects through the haunt.