As part of World Stage Design in Taipei, an international exhibition of scenography held every four years, Associate Professor Brad Steinmetz was awarded an honorable mention at the Technical Invention Prize (TIP). The award recognized his development of Fabric Conveyors, a unique rigging solution created by Steinmetz for a production design at the Department of Theatre which was supported by research and development at Ohio State's regional campus in Lima.
In his design for The Three Spinners, adapted by Dr. Joe Brandesky, interim dean and director of Ohio State at Lima, Steinmetz created a one hundred-foot-long scrolling panorama that depicted the passing countryside. The engineering of the Fabric Conveyors allowed for both support and movement of the panorama fabric as it unrolled, crossed the stage and rolled up on the other side.
At their national conference this March, The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) will hold a session about the Technical Invention Prize where Steinmetz's work will be recognized and demonstrated by Cassie Lentz, an MFA Design candidate in the Department of Theatre.