Theatre Community Fund

Master Class Series

Free access to professional mentorship


Scenic Design: Demystified

Description: This course is designed to make becoming a scenic designer accessible to anyone with an interest. Participants will learn text analysis, translating ideas into visuals, communication techniques, design packages, basic drafting, and basics of the business of scenic design.

Preferred class size: 4-8 students

Date: October 1st, 8th, 15th

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Arts Asylum


About Your Instructor: Mark Exline transplanted to KCMO in 2015, and has been working as a scenic designer and Production Manager ever since. His work has been seen onstage with The Coterie, Kansas City Actors Theatre, MTH Theater, The Fishtank, Tradewind Arts Alliance, Union Station, and Quixotic. Mark holds a Masters' Degree in Scenic Design from UMKC, and as a Production Manager has created multiple initiatives to hire visual artists as theatre designers, bringing new voices into the world of KC's vibrant professional theatre industry. His work can be viewed online at, or on Instagram at @mexlinedesigns.

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Past Master Class Teachers:

Tosin Morohunfola

Michelle T. Johnson

Nathan Darrow 


Artists are among the most vulnerable when it comes to financial instability. One way to combat that is to remove the financial barrier between emerging artists and career based education. Through our masterclass series, theatre artists living in the KC area can sharpen their skills, build professional relationships, and gain more confidence for their auditions/interviews, all at no cost.

Since the program began in 2021, KC artists have learned industry tips from Tosin Morohunfola, took a deep dive into Uncle Vanya with Nathan Darrow, and gained the basic building blocks of playwriting with Michelle T Johnson.