My role in de-skilling the arts | J. E. Johnson

When I see the perennial behind-the-scenes tour groups gawking wide-eyed at the 10,000 square foot scenic studio outside my office at The University of Texas, I am reminded that I have a very cool job. Every year our staff of professionals and students produces beautiful stage sets and generally “make the magic happen.” Even so, […]

Foundations on Failure | J. E. Johnson

On the last Monday morning of the DECATS[1] camp I walk across St. Theresa’s Catholic School campus with a knot in my stomach and my head throbbing with anxiety.  Failure seems assured in all three of my classes. I am teaching two “big project” classes, Sand Power and Gears and Gravity, and most of my […]