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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      …”the clarity of the cold carnation of old skin, the creases of the smile, the folds made by the passage of time; the powerful pleating of the forehead…”

      The detail of his wrinkles, blood vessels, and moles is a realistic rendering uncommon in formal portraiture of the time. This was made by a friend.

      Portrait of Louis de Silvestre, about 1753, Maurice-Quentin de la Tour. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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