It’s episode #77 and we are sitting down with Projection Designer Aaron Rhyne! Aaron’s work can currently be scene eight times a week on Broadway with his vibrant, lush and transformative imagery on display in ‘Anastasia.’ Cory and Aaron chat about the genesis of that design including finding the right tone and style for the content, how he researched and documented real life locations on a trip to Europe, how the projections flow and transition so seamlessly with the other scenery onstage and the moment the cast and creative team first saw his stunning Act 1 finale reveal of Paris. They also chat about his work on ‘Gentleman’s Guide..’.and how video came to play a role in such a traditional period piece, and his recent run of work on ‘Frozen,’ ‘Tangled,’ and ‘Beauty and Beast’ for Disney Theme parks and cruise ships. Aside from specific shows, he also shares his thoughts on the projection design process, integration with other departments and how he is teaching the next generation of projection designers at his alma matter, Fordham University.
Aaron Rhyne is a video and projection designer with offices in both New York and Los Angeles. His designs have been seen on stages around the world in over 100 productions of musicals, plays, operas, and dance performances. He designed the Broadway production of Anastasia, for which he won a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Projection Design. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Bonnie and Clyde. His Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy, Water by the Spoonful, The Blue Flower, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, and Working, Dutchman.
Other notable credits include Frozen at Disney California Adventure, Tangled, Frozen, and Beauty and the Beast aboard the Disney Cruise Lines, Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), Violet (Ford’s Theatre), Smart People (Huntington Theatre Company) and shows at Asolo Rep, Hartford Stage, the Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Geffen Playhouse, and La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Rhyne currently teaches Projection Design at his alma mater, Fordham University.