Kevin Abbott Carson
Stage Manager – Designer – Theatrical Technician
Kevin was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and developed an affinity for the arts at an early age. At first, his interests were confined to the studio arts and began to gradually shift towards music. Kevin took up the guitar at an early age in addition to playing the violin and cello in his high school orchestra. His interest in theatrical production began to take hold around this time, when his orchestra conductor gave him the opportunity to assist with scenic construction for the school theatre program’s productions. In the years to follow technical theatre quickly became his primary focus, and has had a prevailing impact on his life ever since.
Kevin spent much of his youth living near the ocean and spent his free time fishing and racing sailboats in local regattas, where he received numerous trophies and distinctions in the optimist class. After growing tired of this rather “salty” form of recreation his interests shifted to indoor sports, notably fencing. Kevin was a member of the USFA (United States Fencing Association) for 5 years and achieved a C rating after placing at various tournaments around the state. Kevin’s family frequently vacationed in Colorado and he took the opportunity to begin working for Theatre Aspen as a technical assistant during their summer seasons while still attending high school. In 2008 he was asked to return as an assistant stage manager, an experience that further intensified his desire to peruse a professional career in the entertainment industry.
Kevin matriculated to Indiana University Bloomington in 2009 where he studied theatrical design and stage management until 2012 when he could no longer resist his long term goal of permanently moving to Colorado. He is now completing a BA in theatre from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a currently undetermined minor. Kevin plans to complete his degree in 2015 and shift all of his focus towards advancing his professional career.
Outside of the theatre Kevin chooses to spend his time outside exploring the Rocky Mountains. Recreational pursuits include; hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, rafting, snowboarding, mountaineering, camping, four wheeling, and many others with the trusty companionship of his theatrical canine Bacchus.
Kevin’s experience as a theatrical technician began with scenic construction during high school. The program produced two three shows a year, typically consisting of two plays and a musical. Each production had a unique set fully constructed by students. During this time Kevin was involved in the design and construction of multi-level sets, raked stages, automated revolving platforms, truss units, and fog effects. Kevin was also tasked with purchasing, installing, and programming a 20’ x 40’ Led star drop which was donated to the program his senior year.
At Indiana University Kevin worked as a stage hand at the Musical Arts Center for two seasons, serving as deck crew on numerous Operas and Ballets including; The Magic Flute, La Rondine, The Nutcracker, and Romeo et Juliet. In addition serving as run crew, the stage hands were responsible for scenic changeovers, some basic scenic construction, rigging, and general stage maintenance. He also worked as a sound technician on the Theatre Departments productions of Anything Goes (A2 monitor mixer), How I Learned to Drive (sound operator), and BFA Broadway Cabaret (sound operator). He also worked as a follow spot operator and lighting technician on Cabaret.
Kevin has also gained a great deal of knowledge working with various professionals at Theatre Aspen over the past eight years. He began his career with the organization as a follow spot operator and stage hand and quickly took the opportunity to accumulate as much knowledge about production operations as possible. During his time with TA Kevin also learned a great deal about repertory theatre operations while assisting on the changeover crew for a number of years.
Over the past year Kevin has continued to develop his interest in lighting and sound design by teaming up with Colin Riebel of 2henchmen Productions.
Although Kevin has interest and experience in many disciplines, his principal focus has been in the area of stage management.
At Indiana University Kevin served as Production Stage Manager for a total of four main stage productions including; Hay Fever, The Winter’s Tale, Hair, and Les Liaisons Dangeruses. Assistant Stage Manager for A Little Night Music. This experience was reinforced with academic coursework in both stage and production management. He was also given the opportunity to stage manage the Opera and Dance departments annual pre-college ballet as well as ASM on a production of The Merry Widow giving him a basic understanding of Opera and Dance conventions.
Kevin began his professional career at Theatre Aspen as a follow spot operator, and quickly became involved with the management side of the organization. ASM credits include; Little Shop of Horrors, Crimes of the Heart, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Theatre Aspen Presents: Defying Gravity, Vices: A Love Story, & Becky’s New Car. Stage management credits include; How I Became a Pirate, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Alice by Heart, and Little Women.
Recently Kevin had the pleasure of working for Curious Theatre Company as ASM on their productions of Rancho Mirage, and Good People.
As a Stage Manager Kevin’s experience is well rounded with a core focus on musical theatre. He has experience working with large casts, complex lighting and sound effects, automation, large scenery, and in unconventional environments.
Kevin also has worked on numerous workshops and original productions which left him with a great insight into the process of developing new works. Recently he worked with the creative team of Spring Awakening (Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater) on a workshop of their new musical Alice by Heart.
Kevin has also dabbled in scenic, lighting, and sound design over the years and is very interested in further developing his skillset.
While attending Indiana University Kevin took numerous design courses including; Theatrical Production, Lighting Design I, Sound Design I, Sound Design II, and Scenic Design I. His success in this coursework awarded him with the opportunity to work as Sound Designer on two main stage productions, Lysistrata and The God of Carnage. After moving to Colorado in late 2013 Kevin's interest in theatrical design was renewed and he has been activley seeking projects to improve his skillset.
Recent Lighting Designs; Dearly Departed & Anything Goes - Conifer Stagedoor Theatre 2014
Recent Props Designs; Cabaret & Peter and the Starcatcher - Theatre Aspen 2015
Recent Scenic Designs; Schoolhouse Rock J.R. - Theatre Aspen School 2015
Current & Upcoming Projects
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Scenic Designer & Technical Director - Theatre Aspen School - Winter 2015
Legally Blonde - Scenic Designer- Aspen High School - Spring 2016