Skip to Content

Interview with our Scenic Designer, Jason Lajka

Position and include a one line description of what your position does?

Set Designer, I draw pictures and build models and participate in meetings, resulting in a design for the scenic elements in the production.

Brief background?

I've been making stuff in NYC for about 17 years.

Favorite Shakespeare play and why?

Merchant of Venice. I saw a production 20 years ago that still haunts me.

Two words to describe Much Ado?

Facts matter.

How did you get into your area of design?

Well ... I joined Drama Club in high school because I had a crush on a guy. After high school, I continued to be involved in theater, learning that I had a knack for design.

What kind of research did you do for Much Ado?

A big part of the process is Ross, Shane, and I sitting down and talking about the play and what our feelings are about it. From those conversations, I find images, sketch ideas, and build rough models that represent ways that our (often) abstract ideas can be conveyed in tangible forms.

How does your design convey the themes of the play?

The design is an expression of how quickly information can travel.

What is your favorite and/or most challenging part of the job?

My favorite part is discussing the play with my collaborators.