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Chris Conard

(He likes to hug cactus.)

 

 

      Chris is an Austin born unicorn who splits time between the mountains of New Mexico and the hills of Austin. Chris has served as a Creative Director, Production Designer, Technical Director and Designer for Theater, Events, Installations, Film, and Television. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Live Entertainment Design. His undergraduate degree is from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, NM with a BFA in Technical Theater Design. 

Chris has worked on a variety of projects.

He enjoys dreaming up an idea with collaborators, and then making it a reality.

Chris considers himself a jack of all trades. 

For over ten years, Chris has designed for companies in Austin, Santa Fe, NYC, LA.

Chris serves as the Technical Director and Production Designer for the international Performing Arts and Arts Festival: Fusebox Festival, in Austin Texas. https://fuseboxlive.com/

 

Chris co-founded Interactive Nature Studio in June of 2021, a company that he continues to design and make a wide variety of dope digital/physical work with. https://www.interactivenature.studio/

 

Chris created original devised work with the Frank Wo/Men Collective, a company he co-founded in Austin from 2016-2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wo%2FMen_Collective

 

Chris is not a website designer, -but be likes to dabble in everything.

In addition to design and creation, Chris also enjoys cooking meals from scratch, gardening edible plants, and caretaking his 65+ indoor plants.

Chris loves Cats. He cares for two sisters: Blingle and Pichu.

Chris is an avid Outdoorsman and has backpacked all over the United States, most recently backpacking the grand canyon, rim to rim to rim.

      

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Here are some awards Chris has received:

2020 Texas Performing Arts 2020 Residency $50,000 Award  
2019 Best of Austin, winner, Austin Critics Pick. 
2019 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lighting Design

2019 Best Arts Related Thing to Do, The Austin Chronicle.
2019 Top 10 Joys in Dance and Classical in 2019, The Austin Chronicle.
2018-2019 Nomination, Best Ensemble Austin Critics Table Award, Frank Wo/Men Collective.
2018 Austin Critics Table award winner for Best Set Design

2018 City of Austin Grant, Community Initiative Grant ($3,500).
2017-2018 Nomination, Best Ensemble Austin Critics Table Award, Frank Wo/Men Collective. 
2017 Top Ten Thrills no Frills, Jonelle Seitz, Austin Chronicle, Frank Wo/Men Collective. 
2017 Austin Critics Table award winner for Best Set Design
2017 B. Iden Payne Award Winner for Outstanding Scenic Design
2017 B. Iden Payne Award Nominee for Outstanding Lighting Design

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Some of the folks Chris and his company have worked with:

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Here are some of Chris' skills:

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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

SKILLS

SOFTWARE

Communication

Problem Solving

Team Building Leadership

Delegation

Project-Management

Budgeting

Labor Management

Scheduling

Conflict Resolution

Team Building

Flexibility

Polymath

Dependable

Collaborator

Active Listening

Conflict Management

Public Speaking

Empathy

Teammate

Working with Others 

3D modeling

3D Rendering

Drafting

Digital Fabrication

Mechanical System design

Engineering

3D printing

Laser Cutting

CNC Carving

Carpentry

Scenic Painting

Faux Painting

Lighting Design

Scenic Design

Technical Direction

Furniture Design 

Red-Lining Architectural Drawings

Construction

Upholstery

Low Voltage Electrical

Plumbing

Electrical

Sewing : Hand & Machine

Mig Welding

Rigging 

Digital Drawing

Drawing

Kit Bashing

System Diagrams

Vectorworks

Blender

Unreal Gaming Engine

Touchdesigner

Adobe Suite:

Photoshop

Illustrator

Indesign

After Effects

Cura

OBS

Microsoft Office

Mac & PC

Google Sketch Up 

8th Wall 

EOS Lighting Software

Raspberry Pi

Google Suite

Airtable

Slack

Discord

Asana

Fusion 360

Easel CNC

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