ANYA STEUER PORTFOLIO
My Work Showcase
I was raised on a farm in Grass Valley California, and that is where I discovered my love for the arts. My objective in life is to combine my two passions: art and the environment in such a way that contributes to the greater good of the world. My journey as an artist and environmentalist is just beginning, and I hope to find opportunities that challenge me to see the world in new and different perspectives as well as introduce me to new artistic skills.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and became an integral part of the Theater department where I acted as charge artist, assistant technical director, assistant set designer, and lighting designer for several theater productions and a dance concert.
BEAR RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
I went to high school in Grass Valley, CA where I was introduced to my passion for environmental science through class as well as my experience with a program called Odyssey of the Mind where I designed and produced sets and costumes almost purely from recycled items.
EXPERIENCE AND JOB HISTORY
ASSISTANT SCENIC DESIGNER
Lears Daughters and Inspector Calls
I assisted in developing, rendering, experimenting, and texturing the set by collaborating with the director and designers and developing ideas based upon evaluation of the scripts, research information, and budget. I directed the paint crew in completing design ideas as well as coordinated prep and strike of rehearsal space. Specific skills learned: woodgraining, water baths, marbling, aging, and wood finishing.
Dido and Aeneas and Burn This
I was the head of a six person paint crew and coordinated their schedules in order to complete all painting needed by the start of tech week. Developed realistic looking stone and wood finishes by creating depth and texture using light and shadow techniques. Prepared techniques beforehand and taught those techniques to the paint crew. Supervised crew and created a fun and encouraging work environment.
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Wings of Fire
Collaborated with department's technical director through weekly meetings discussing safety measures and drafting up drawings for the set. Gained experience with AutoCad and VectorWorks. Supervised the scenic shop crew of up to 15 people, created build schedule, and attended designer runs, rehearsals to develop a continuous list of changes and improvements to make.
SCENIC ART INSTRUCTOR
Taught classes of 13-18 people how to paint realistic looking wood. Prepared steps for both a weathered wood and a finished wood techniques. Prepped the canvas by cutting, starching, and stretching it onto frames, hand cut and readied bamboo sticks, and mixed all colors from scratch. Demonstrated each technique and was on standby for questions and aid.
SCENIC CREW WORKER/ SUPERVISOR
Gained an advanced knowledge of all power tools in the shop. Developed skills to solve complex construction problems. When I became shop supervisor I was responsible for assigning work to the student crews, advanced projects, and maintaining the safety and creative standards of the shop.
SCENIC PAINTING SEMINAR
I received the Shuchat Fellowship Grant for $5,500 in 2018 and used it to attend a three week scenic painting seminar at Cobalt Studios in upstate New York. There I learned techniques for marbling, wood graining, foliage, clouds, texturing, painting figures, creating accurate perspective, shadowing, highlighting, and many other illusionary techniques.