Zane has 10 years of experience working in production and design for events and theatre, spanning over 100 venues across 10 countries.
Before joining Charcoalblue, Zane spent five seasons touring internationally as the Master Electrician for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. There he developed a unique perspective on theatre design, loading a complex show into spaces of vastly different sizes and technical capabilities.
Over six seasons at Cleveland Play House (America’s oldest producing regional theatre), he saw the organisation transition from a historic centre to a new, cutting-edge complex—a combination of renovated historical spaces and new flexible performance spaces. This was the genesis of his appreciation for the construction process.
Throughout the years, he has freelanced, focusing in the areas of lighting, audio, and video and working on projects ranging in scale from intimate cabarets to global corporate conferences.
Now, with Charcoalblue, Zane will turn ideas into functional spaces that create memorable experiences.
Your experience spans historic theatres to innovative digital spaces, is there a common ground that both occupy?
Every space tells a story. The best spaces will tell you a story even when you aren’t listening. Architecture and technology are just different tools to create an experience.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I remember sitting in a theatre for the first time around the age of 8 watching The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on a school field trip. I didn’t find it particularly scary or funny. I sat there in awe for the whole play trying to figure out how the lights were changing and the scenery was moving. I’ve been hooked ever since.