Torben Torp-Smith                                                             

     Set Designer / Builder / Teacher                                                                            

Design Credits

2004 – PRESENT

Set Design

                    San Francisco State University

                              2011 - Bernard-Marie Kolte’s         In the Loneliness of the Cottonfields

Marin Theatre Company

2007 Summer Program

Oliver Chateau la Roche

Berkeley Opera Company

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Aida (structural design and construction)

San Francisco State University

Lovers and Other Strangers  Othello

Woyzec         La Incoronazione de Poppea

La Ronde                  Danton’s Death (special effects)

Medea Redux        Otherwise

Miss Chinatown Pageant 2005

1990 – 1998 Visuality, San Francisco, CA

Owner / Free Lance Production Designer

(Design and construction for special events, props and scenery, retail interiors, carpentry and electrics for film, theatre, conventions – partial client list below)

Lucas Film         Tony BennettBoz Scaggs

XeroxDel Monte         The Lizardi Company

Sun MicrosystemsEddy Izzard         The Bohemian Club

Joseph Anthony Design

Morgan Creek Productions (Const. Coordinator - Feature Film - Pacific Heights)

Buffalo Thunder (Native American Retail)

UN 50th Anniversary (Opening Ceremony)

Olmstead Productions (Cal – Stanford 100th Big Game Ceremonies)

1983 – 1990Nomad Productions, San Francisco, CA

Owner / Manager / Designer

(Set design, structural design and construction for international entertainment, tradeshows, and corporate events – partial client list below)

Full Design and Construction

Run DMC          Ronnie Dio  Barbara Mandrell

Stevie WonderQueen Latifah   Public Image Ltd.

Lynrd SkynrdJulian Lennon    The Black and White Ball

Hewlett PackardKPIX, Channel 5   Bay Area Music Awards

Petra         The Grateful Dead  The Comedy Club

The Beastie Boys         Morris Day             O’neill Inc.

The Embarcadero CenterSuperbowl IXX (Halftime)   After Dark Prod

Structural Design and Construction

Aerosmith         Jefferson Starship Sammy Hagar

Farm Aid         Roger Waters  Run DMC

David Bowie         Da Vinci Fusion  Madonna

Bobby Brown         Anheuser Busch  Shoreline Amphitheatre

Cal Expo         Whitesnake   Sun Microsystems

Neil Young         George Michael   Amnesty International

KRON, Channel 4LL Cool J              KTVU, Channel 2

Eric Todd ProductionsKenny Loggins   Journey

The Doobie BrothersLittle Feat   Bill Graham Presents

1973 - 1974 Stage One Theatre Company, Boston, MA

Stage, Lighting and Prop Designer, Scenic Artist

(Grotowski / Barba inspired experimental theatre company)

1970 – 1973The Leather Store, Copenhagen, Denmark

Owner / Designer

(Leather fashion design, production and sales)

Lighting Design, Production Management

1978 - 1980 Bill Graham Presents, San Francisco, CA

Production Manager and Lighting Designer*

(American and European concert tours)

Van MorrisonEddie Money*Ronnie Montrose*

1977 - 1978 Orbec Systems of Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark

Manager / Lighting Designer*

(Concert lighting and sound design; staging and tours)

Iggy Pop*John Denver*Harry Belafonte

Communist Party of Denmark*Mahavishnu Orchestra*

1970 – 1975 ESP Lighting, London England

Assistant Lighting Designer*, Electrician

(International concert and festival tours)

The Rolling Stones  Frank Zappa*Jethro Tull*

Electric Light Orchestra*Rumble in the Jungle


2008 - Present   San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

                                       Prop Shop Supervisor (retired 08/2017 )

                                        Lecturer:  Black Box Theatre Program(2008 - 2010)

2005 & 2007   San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

                    Teaching Associate / Technical Director (technical theatre labs)

1973  Stage One Theatre, Boston, MA

                    Instructor (Stage Space and Movement)

1967  Antioch College, Yellow Spring, OH

                    Teacher, (“Happenings – Structure and Randomness”)

1968           Antioch Area Theatre,Yellow Spring, OH

                    Teacher (Advanced Stage Construction)

Management and Contracting

2009 - Present        San Francisco State University

                    Event Manager - College of Creative Arts

2003 – 2008 Visuality, San Francisco, CA

Self-Employed General Contractor

(Residential interior design consultation and construction)

2000 – 2001  The Barn, Richmond, CA,

Developer / Partner / Builder

(Development and construction of sound-stage facility)

1998 – 2000   Golden West Studios, San Francisco, CA

Development Team for 42-acre film studio at Hunter’s Point Shipyard - Partner (Construction planning, cost estimating, Re-development Department interface and public outreach to complete business plan)

1994Woodstock ’94, Saugerties, NY

Construction Manager

(Budget creation, subcontract negotiations, and implementation of 600-acre festival site-plan - three entertainment stages, staff accommodations, technology fair, security, roads, helipad, hospital, first-aid, food vendors, waste management, two million gallon water supply and plumbing)

1990 - 1992 Colossal Pictures, San Francisco, CA

Facilities Manager

(Shop and studio infrastructure management, set, model, and prop design, construction, and special effects for stop motion and real-time commercials)

1982The US Festival, San Bernadino, CA

Construction Coordinator

(500 acre festival site staging and peripheral audio / video enhancement)

Venice Biennale at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Installation Coordinator

(Installation and presentation of Post-Modern Architecture exhibits from the 1980 architecture section of the Venice Biennale)

1975 - 1977 Falkoner Theatre, Tivoli’s Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

Stage Manager and Promoter Liaison

(Concerts, dance and musical revues)

Related Stage Experience

1980 - 1983 FM Productions, San Francisco, CA

Senior Carpenter / Electrician

(Set construction, drafting and tours – partial list of projects below)

Bill Graham PresentsTheWhoThe Rolling Stones

SupertrampThe Grateful DeadCase Tractor

Busch GardensWalt Disney Prod.International Diamond Corp.

1965 - 1970 Boldhus Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Technical Director, Stage Manager, Set Designer

Stone Village Theatre, Jackson, MI

Set and Prop Designer, Scenic Artist

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

Carpenter, Electrician, Fly Rail Hand

(Broadway tryout and repertory house - plays, dance, and symphony concerts)

The Ledges Playhouse, Grand Ledge, MI

Carpenter & Scenic Artist

                        Summer Stock


2008MFA, Scenic Design, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

1970BA, Stage Design and Sculpture, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

1969Holbaek School of Art, Holbaek, Denmark

1968Kaerteminde School for Industrial Arts Instructors, Kaerteminde, Denmark


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