About: Valerie Tu

My name is Valerie, and I'm fresh out of UC Berkeley, with a brain full of art history and theater and a heart full of backstage shenanigans, cookie recipes, and purposely awful poems. Strangers describe me as a complete nerd (no Big Bang Theory comparisons, please!) while my friends are more familiar with me as a "nerd poseur." Willingly, and delusionally, a stage manager, I am primarily fueled by techie talk and sweets. On any given day, you can probably find me tracking down actors, playing with a light board, watching Doctor Who, or reading Wikipedia pages about movies.

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Posted in Behind the Scenes, Getty Villa, J. Paul Getty Museum, Voices

Getty Voices: Backstage at the Villa

AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.
AV staff setting up the tech booth in the Outdoor Classical Theater, July 2, 2013.

What does it take create live theater? Art, creativity, plotting, paperwork, energy, love, and tears. Plus lots of caffeine. More»

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      From you have I been absent in the spring,
      When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
      Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
      That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
      Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
      Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
      Could make me any summer’s story tell,
      Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
      Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
      Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
      They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
      Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
      Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
      As with your shadow I with these did play.

      —William Shakespeare, born April 23, 1564

      Vase of Flowers (detail), 1722, Jan van Huysum. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      04/23/14

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