Designing the Unconventional Space with Johnmichael Bohach

March 19, 2021 | 2pm ET

In 2016-2017, PICT spent a full season at the Union Project in Pittsburgh: a converted church with no formal playing area. Due to the shape of the old sanctuary, we presented the full season in the rarely used “Alley” form of staging – a season of five very different plays set in the middle of an audience who were seated on either side. One incredible scenic designer tackled this challenging space and came up with five very different artistic solutions. This week we talk with Johnmichael Bohach about the excitement of breaking out of the procenium and his five remarkable designs.

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Johnmichael Bohach is a freelance scenic designer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has frequently worked with companies such as PICT Classic Theatre, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Prime Stage Theatre and Kinetic Theatre since graduating in 2006 from the University of Pittsburgh with BAs in Theatre Arts and Architectural Studies. In recent years, he has also designed for Tibbits Opera Theatre of Coldwater, Michigan, Opera Steamboat of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the Cockroach Theatre of Las Vegas.
Aside from scenic design, Johnmichael splits his time working extensively with props. He has been the Properties Coordinator with the Pittsburgh Opera since February 2009 and previously he has held the position of Prop Shop Supervisor for 10 years in the Theatre Arts department of the University of Pittsburgh.