Edward Blanchette (Technical Director, Stagecraft)
In his eleventh year at Dreyfoos, Edward Blanchette comes from a long career in the professional theatre – technical Director of The Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival where he supervised the scenery built for such Broadway productions as Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony Award – 2001), Topdog/Underdog (Tony Award Best Original Play and Pulitzer Prize – 2001) and Mike Nichols’ production of The Seagull (Shakespeare in the Park) starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Natalie Portman. Prior to his tenure at The Public Theatre, Ed was the Technical Director at Manalapan’s Florida Stage where he was responsible for providing the technical direction for many of its Carbonell Award-winning sets. He had the distinct honor of technically supervising productions for award-winning Broadway, film, and television designers such as Tony Walton, Eugene Lee, David Gallo, Bob Crowley, Klara Siglarova, and Neil Patel. He has also had the honor of working with many of Florida’s top designers such as Michael Amico and Michael McClain. He enjoys presenting stagecraft workshops at local and national theatre conferences. But, at this juncture in his life, he is most proud of his technical theatre students who are responsible for the beautiful scenery, lighting, and sound seen and heard in the Theatre Department’s Mainstage shows as well as their considerable accomplishments in some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and theatres. Mr. Blanchette received his training at Florida State University’s School of Theatre where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in playwriting. In his spare time, he fishes (fresh water), plays music (guitar), bakes (pastries and breads), and writes (plays). However, his most important moments are spent with his daughters Erin and Megan, son-in-law Eric, and the stars of his show, his granddaughters Stevie and Parker.