Kathy Fabian has been a fixture in the Broadway props world for a few years now. In the past few years, she’s propped shows such as South Pacific, Spring Awakening, and Youâ€™re Welcome America. She is also the resident props master at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.
Last year, Tom Isler wrote a great article about her called Why Kathy Fabian always gets her props. It’s a great look at the work of a busy props person, neatly summed up in the beginning:
if it exists in this world, sheâ€™ll track it down. If it doesnâ€™t, sheâ€™ll build it from scratch.
You need to read the whole article for all the great stories and insights into her work. However, there was one bit toward the beginning of the article that I wanted to point out:
Propping (theater jargon, from the verb â€œto prop,â€ meaning to design and/or obtain props for a production) is an underappreciated art, even within the industry. Set, sound, costume and lighting designers all get recognition, but thereâ€™s no Tony Award for propping. The Drama Desk Awards even handed out an award this year for Outstanding Projection and Video Design. Nothing for props.
It’s true; props are rarely, if ever recognized. What do you think about this?