Stage Door Players

Stage Door Players

5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Box office - (770) 396-1726

Kathy Ellsworth

Kathy Ellsworth

Props Designer in Residence

A property, commonly shortened to prop (plural: props), is an object used on stage by actors during a performance. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes and electrical equipment. Consumable food items appearing in the production are also considered properties. Kathy's job is to get this stuff. Sometimes it's as simple as a deck of cards, other times it can be a tombstone, ridiculously large sandwich, a baggie of fake shrimp or a pay phone from the 1940's.

Nothing is out of bounds and everything is possible when Kathy is in charge. If it can't be found, it has to be made. She has been doing props for shows for over a decade. Her first assignment was to create "kinichi", an edible exotic food prop called for in a production of Barefoot in the Park in 2005. She made sausage cheese balls, and then dyed them purple! They were a big hit! (and tasty too!). She has been adding whimsical, and practical, details to shows ever since! Her eye for the exotic and her frugal nature drive her never ending visits to Goodwill, Thrift Stores, and Antique Malls for the perfect prop! Donations of unique items are always gratefully accepted!