Working in the Theatre: Specialty Props

What do fake dead bodies, a carve-able turkey, and the physical puppet of Donkey in Shrek: the Musical have in common?  They are all examples of what makes the world of Specialty Props so fascinating.  This very special field in the theatre requires an expertise in fine art, but also one with knowledge of the dramatic structure.  These designers have the challenge to both dazzle and inspire audiences, without interrupting the show or movement, a skill that requires collaboration with the creative team of the show.

Watch Mary Creede, Zoe Morsette, and John Jerard sculpt, sew, hammer, power, design, and ultimately create iconic specialty props.

American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.