National Spotlight Shines on UWG Theatre Technician

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Although most theatre techs take pride in the invisibility of their work, one UWG theatre major is enjoying a few minutes of fame. Jared LeClaire, a senior graduating in May, is one of nine winners of the 2013 Awards for Young Designers and Technicians in the Performing Arts. The award will be presented at the United StatesBroke-ology (2012)- Scenic Design Institute for Theatre Technology’s Annual Conference and Stage Expo in Milwaukee, Wisc., March 20 – 23.

“This is a tremendous honor, and I am absolutely thrilled for the possibilities it presents,” LeClaire said. He will be one of only a few undergraduate students to receive this award. He has also been named a top ten finalist in the national Rose Brand Scholarship Competition. In 2011, LeClaire received a scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas and spent part of his summer vacation training intensely there. UWG recently gave him the Gordon Watson Award for Theatre, which is awarded to one junior or senior theatre major with an excellent GPA who has demonstrated solid dedication to the theatre company.

“Everything that he’s done has been really spectacular work,” said Brad Darvas, LeClaire’s mentor. “I nominated The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011)- Scenic and Projection Designhim for the USITT award, which is one of the most prestigious awards for this kind of work, and he won it. All in all, he’s just an extremely hard worker. If he wants it, he goes out and gets it. It’s been just awesome having him as a student. I wish I could take more credit for this, but it was all him.”

LeClaire is currently working with puppets for UWG’s spring production of Avenue Q, his last production as an undergraduate student. LeClaire intends to further his career by participating in internships and graduate programs after he receives his bachelor’s degree in May.

“My experience at UWG has helped me find my passion and set me on a path to success, as long as I continue to work for it,” he said. “The faculty are all very knowledgeable in their fields and have pushed me to improve my skills in ways that I could not have previously imagined.”

Photo 1: Broke-ology (2012)- Jared LeClaire Scenic Design

Photo 2: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011)- Jared LeClaire Scenic and Projection Design