Current Faculty Projects

Friday, Dec 4, 2015

What, Where, When, Who? What the faculty are currently doing - ask them about their work!

Evan Alexander is currently Associate Production Designer for a new touring production for Cirque du Soleil, premiering in 2017.  Work continues on The Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show, The 2016 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, The 2015 CMA Awards, Pier 17 redesign (South Street Seaport), and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Andromache Chalfant is finishing up set designs for Rimbaud in New York, a new piece by The Civilians that will open at BAM's Fisher Center in February. Eric Southern is the lighting designer. Andromache is also about to begin designing Adam Rapp's new play called The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois which will open at The Atlantic Theater in April. 

Mary Louise Geiger just opened The Sound of Music at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, which runs through 1/3. In January she'll be doing a new musical, The Golem of Havana, in Miami, directed and produced by Michel Hauseman (MFA director from Columbia), and a new play, Native Gardens, at Cincinnatti Playhouse in the Park, directed by Artistic Director Blake Robison.

Susan Hilferty is working on the designs for Buried Child for the New Group directed by Scott Elliot, Familiar by Danai Gurira for Playwrights Horizon directed by Rebecca Taichman, and the sets and costumes for Richard Nelson’s three play cycle The Gabriels (Jason Ardizonne-West ’12 co-set designer) for the Public Theatre directed by Richard Nelson. Rigoletto directed by Michael Mayer with sets by Christine Jones is currently in the Metropolitan Opera season and Wicked is still running.

Andrew Jackness is currently designing NBC’s Blindspot, a standout hit among the freshman fall shows and already picked up for a second season next year. He designed the pilot and was able to work with Jon Collins ‘08, Sia Balabanova ‘08, Marcie Mudd ‘13, and on the series worked with Alex Chrysikos ‘10, and Feli Lamenca ‘14.

Laura Jellinek is opening Marjorie Prime with Annie Kauffman at Playwrights Horizons and continuing work on To Kill a Mockingbird with Eric Ting at Cincinnati Playhouse and Hamlet with Lisa Peterson at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  She is also starting work on The Marriage of Figaro with Jordan Fein at Curtis Opera Theatre and The Fever with 600 Highwaymen.

Christine Jones is currently designing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which will open in London in July 2016 (Brett Banakis ‘10, associate set designer and Amy Rubin ‘12, assistant designer).

Hugh Landwehr opened a production of Heartbreak House, produced by the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, at the beginning of November. He is presently designing productions of Around The World In Eighty Days and Born Yesterday at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas.

Jeff Larson has been in rehearsal with choreographer John Jasperse for his upcoming work, Remains.  Jeff spent the fall touring with Geoff Sobelle's "Bessie" award-winning, The Object Lesson which has performances at Bard College, December 17-19.  Big Dance Theater's Short Form opens at The Kitchen January 6, and Jeff is developing a new work, This Page Intentionally Left Blank, with BDT at Mass MoCA in Jan/Feb.  CATCH, the Obie award-winning performance series Jeff co-curates, is back at the Invisible Dog on January 23rd.

Chris Muller has been working on a proposed master plan for a redesign of the Discovery Children's Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is completing paintings and animations for the new opera 'Becoming Santa,' for the Dallas Opera, Driscoll Otto ('07) projection designer. He continues work on his long-gestating 'Saints and Warriors' series of paintings.

Paul Steinberg is in various stages of work on Don Giovanni and Der Rosenkavalier in London, Tristan And Isolde in Karlsruhe and Semiramide in Munich.

Robert Wierzel HORIZON, a new full evening dance piece with the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Choreographed by Liz Gerring; produced by Peak Performance, Jedidiah Wheeler executive director; on the campus of Montclair State University, Kasser Theatre.

ANOTHER WORD FOR BEAUTY, a new play with music by Jose Rivera; directed by Steve Cosson. Goodman Theatre Company, Chicago.