During the early stages of this project, creator Wally Coberg was supported by several consultants who contributed significantly to his efforts to write, submit and ultimately secure the original NEH Development Grant that helped launch the project. Among them were:
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In Memory of Wally Coberg, 1948-2011
Wallace (Wally) Henry Coberg, the creative vision behind Edgar Allan Poe: BURIED ALIVE, passed away suddenly November 18, 2011 at his home in Bolton Hill, Baltimore, the result of heart failure - his own passing eerily similar to that of his muse and subject Poe. At the time of his death Wally was by his own proclamation the happiest he had ever been in his life. He had found new love and new purpose and will be remembered by all who loved him for a contagiously unbridled passion for life and his work.
Wally Coberg spent his entire life in theatre, either front-of-house as a manager, or backstage as a designer. On stage his work has been seen in theatres nationwide and internationally, including Center Stage, the Louisville Ballet, the New York City Opera, as well as the Virginia, Baltimore, Boston and Vienna (Austria) Operas. On the road, audiences saw his sets for Dial 'M' for Murder starring Roddy McDowall, and on ice as part of Walt Disney's Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. He has designed productions in Las Vegas, as well as creating themed environments for Busch Gardens Tampa and Williamsburg, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Hollywood. He was Assistant Designer at the Vienna State Opera and Resident Designer for the Opera Company of Boston. His knowledge of Christmas has been on display in retail centers around the world, as well as in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City productions of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Rockettes. As a filmmaker, his award-winning dramatic short, Incident, has been seen on PBS and at the Kennedy Center. He taught at Towson University, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University.
Just prior to his death, Wally was awarded one of only a handful of prominent "Media Makers" development grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, for this project. He was working on a follow-up application for the NEH's full production grant at the time of his death. That effort and production of Edgar Allan Poe: BURIED ALIVE are being carried on by Wally's friends and colleagues in his memory.