Inside the Broadway Community Project: What Does a Prop Master and Set Decorator Do?
Faye Armon-Troncoso brings detail to the worlds of such Broadway shows as In the Heights, Fun Home, War Horse, and Of Mice and Men.
The arts and culture industries remain largely at a standstill in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, affecting millions of workers in an already delicate ecosystem. The Broadway Community Project, from industry veterans Greg Schaffert, Tiffani Gavin, Situation Interactive, and Playbill, was developed to shed light on the myriad fields and roles that go into making the curtain rise.
In this new series, we shine a spotlight on the faces you may not see on stage, but are nevertheless critical in creating and maintaining a theatre production. These are just some of the arts workers who have put their stamp on an industry that contributed over $14.7 billion to the New York economy in 2019 and $877 billion in value added nationally; these are just some of the arts workers in need of relief legislation and a recovery plan.
Today, meet Obie winner Faye Amron-Troncoso, a prop master/supervisor and set decorator. Her numerous credits include the Broadway productions of Head Over Heels, Fun Home, Of Mice and Men, Clybourne Park, War Horse, and In the Heights, as well as dozens of Off-Broadway shows. Learn more about her and her line of work below.
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Name: Faye Armon-Troncoso Title(s): Prop master, prop supervisor, set decorator
How did you get your start in prop work? I began doing props when a prop master caught my attention at The Cherry Lane Theatre. I saw what she was doing, and I knew I wanted to try it. I began doing props for the company’s Mentor Project. Then I moved Off-Broadway and did [Tracy Letts’] Bug at Barrow Street Theater in NYC. It was this production that I was the first prop master to ever win an Obie Award.