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On Wisconsin spotlights Stockmaster’s unique connection to Obama’s 2008 victory celebration

November 08, 2018

UW-Madison alumnus Brian Stockmaster was recently profiled in On Wisconsin magazine.

Stockmaster earned his master of fine arts degree in 1998 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.

Brian Stockmaster earned his MFA from the
Department of Theatre and Drama in 1996.
Writes Robert Lerose, in his report for On Wisconsin: “When Barack Obama appeared before cheering crowds in Chicago on the night he won the 2008 election, Brian Stockmaster MFA’98 had a unique connection to the president-elect. The majestic stage in Grant Park had been mapped out, designed, and assembled in less than two weeks under Stockmaster’s supervision at Chicago Scenic Studios (CSS), a design and fabrication firm. The lectern itself had been built only three days earlier.”

“There was a sense of pride in being associated with such a moment in history. The energy of the crowd was amazing,” Stockmaster tells On Wisconsin, which notes that although he had a ticket to go backstage, he chose to stand outside with everyone else, not wanting to get in the way.

The report notes how Stockmaster came to UW–Madison expecting to become an engineer but studied theater technology instead, from pneumatics to architecture to electricity. The article adds how Stockmaster gives a lot of credit for his career path to Dennis Dorn ’70, a UW-Madison professor emeritus of theater technology and a mentor to this day.

To learn much more, check out the entire report on this On Wisconsin web page for free.