If you are a Central Indiana theatre-goer, chances are you have either seen or heard Zach Rosing’s creations on area stages, social media, websites, television and in print publications. A man of multiple skills and talents, Rosing is a videographer and photographer as well as a sound, graphic and website designer.
The owner of Zach Rosing Productions, Rosing has served clients that have included Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Theatre on the Square, the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Bobdirex, and others. Rosing shoots publicity photos and provides services that include sound and video design and video performance documentation.
Some of Rosing’s most recent shows, all in 2013, have been “Yellow Wallpaper,” NoExit Performance, video/sound designer; “Spamalot,” BOBDIREX, production manager/sound designer; “The Rocky Horror Show,” Stage Door Fine Arts, video designer; “The Beast, The Lady, and the Sanguine Man,” NoExit, video designer and “Pippin,” Booth Tarkington Civic, projection designer
His paid professional activities allow him (he’s a one-person operation) to make a living, but it is his association with Footlite Musicals, where he serves as board vice president, that provides Rosing with the most satisfaction. “We are all volunteers at Footlite. Our theatre has unique challenges based on the size we are. We don’t do what Civic does but we try to do shows that others comparative to the size of our facility can do.” says Rosing who has been involved with Footlite since 2004.
Rosing’s Footlite shows in 2013 were “The Last Five Years,” scenic and sound designer; “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” sound designer; “Follies,” sound designer; and “Young Frankenstein,” producer/sound designer.
“Theatre is a creative outlet for me. It’s a way for me to express myself and connect with a community of people where I feel I belong,” says Rosing who adds that “All my friends are in the theater.”
Because he is involved in the production of so many local theater organizations, Rosing has a unique perspective. “I see a lot of people really stepping up their game. I think it is required to maintain audiences. There is definitely a difference between some of the theatres in town. The more established ones that have excitement and kind of a drive to improve themselves and the ones that don’t. I am excited by the passion I see in people and the way people are trying be noticed.” says Rosing.
As far as Footlite’s future, Rosing expresses concern, however, when he says “People don’t care about volunteering as much as they used to so for us that means we have to make it more appealing and a nice place to work. We have to find new volunteers and if we don’t put effort into it, we will die.”
Rosing remains optimistic about the overall theater scene in the long run though, when he says “I am excited by the work I see here amongst all the smaller theatre companies like No Exit, Eclectic Pond and Q Artisty. They are putting lots of effort into making the most of the little they have, but not only are they surviving — they are thriving.”
For information about Zach Rosing Productions visit www.zachrosing.com.
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