Department of Performing Arts
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Donald Brooks visited Eastern in the fall of 2011, during technical rehearsals for The Island.
Mr. Brooks guided students in how to set up the brand new projectors and the new projections
control system, DATATON WatchOut. He ran a weekend workshop, teaching WatchOut set-up,
programming, and troubleshooting.
Mr. Brooks has worked closely with reknowned avante-garde director Bob McGrath, Artistic
Director of Ridge Theater in New York City. He was the Projection Technician for McGrath’s
Persephone at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and McGrath’s The Glass Menagerie at Virginia
Tech, and he was Assistant Projection Designer for McGrath’s Othello, also at Virginia Tech.
Mr . Brooks was Projection Designer for The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Greg Justice, and
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, directed byMichael Anthony Williams. Mr. Brooks is a PhD
candidate in Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is currently a researcher in the field
of optical flow diagnostics for turbulent supersonic flow.