While freelancing as a technical director with various Taiwanese companies, Cross Wei-hsuan Wang became frustrated with many of the venues she was working in. Limited production capabilities, design that failed to anticipate user experience, dated systems… It was enough to send her complaining to a close friend—a friend who let her know there was a whole industry that managed these sorts of problems, that theatrical consulting was, in fact, a profession.
This led Cross to a graduate program in the States, then to a company where she worked as a consultant and installer, and then (by way of grad school mentors, textbooks, and a chance 2018 rigging symposium encounter with Michael Nishball) to a job working here at Theatre Projects. Cross is now on our equipment design team, spending much of her time in Revit or AutoCAD and researching new types of platforms and rigging.
As someone who has always enjoyed live performances (particularly live music) and who is compulsively handcrafting (embroidering, woodworking, designing with LEGO bricks), Cross says she finds this work fulfilling and that she draws inspiration from the community of people here at Theatre Projects and in the industry at large.