Welcome new theatre design teacher: Caitie Miller


Jillian Lee and Lucas Glickman

“In the theatre, you get to create something wild and insane,” Theatre design teacher and Technical Director Caitie Miller said. “It lasts for three weeks, 50 people see it, and then it’s gone.” Miller will be joining the Theater, Dance & Film Studies Department to help run schoolwide productions and teach both Middle and Upper Division design and technical theatre classes. Beyond that, Miller will be a mentor to students interested in the technical aspect of theatre, involving lighting and prop design, Theatre, Dance & Film Studies Department Chair Alison Kolinski said. Prior to joining the school, Miller graduated from a three-year master’s program in Design and Theatre Technology at Brooklyn College. During her third year as a student, she taught a college-level course called Introduction to Design and worked in the scene shop. Miller wants to offer a course similar to the one she taught at the college level, in which students’ work will be used in schoolwide plays, she said. “I first found that I loved teaching when I was working with younger students in my undergrad scene shop,” Miller said. “Watching them grow from complete novices to competent carpenters was a delight, and I look to recapture that feeling in all my classes.” Kolinski was struck by Miller’s spectacular scenic and lighting designs. Miller is well-rounded, as she specializes in design and technology but also has experience in stage managing and designing costumes, Kolinski said. Miller will be the first female theatre design teacher and Technical Director at the school. Kolinski is particularly excited for her to join the department because she will be a role model for female students interested in technology and design, Kolinski said. This year, Miller will be ready to “go with the flow,” and she will be crucial in helping the Theatre Department with any technological changes, Kolinski said.