Current Faculty Projects

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017


Campbell Baird will be designing the scenic production for Arsenic and Old Lace (directed by Charles Morey) at the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire this summer, and adding some new costumes to the Nashville Ballet Nutcracker. I am also designing scenery and costumes for an international tour of Tuesdays with Morrie, starring Jamie Farr (Klinger of the long-lived television series M*A*S*H.). In addition to these projects, I am doing some emendations to Rita Kogler Carver's technical theatre book for its next upcoming edition, and a lot of garden projects out at our New Jersey house. John McKernon has been overseeing the upstairs renovations to the bathroom and a new hallway, closely overseen by our Pembroke Welsh Corgis Darby and Tallie. My mother had her 99th birthday on April 11th, and we plan to go south to visit her and the rest of the family. A vacation to Amsterdam and Belgium will fill up the rest of the summer..... And then it will be fall and another semester....Have an excellent summer, all.

Brett J. Banakis recently opened Ghostlight at LCT3, a commissioned immersive dance-theater piece by Third Rail Projects.  He is also working on designing a new play, Miller, Mississippi, by Boo Killebrew, at Dallas Theatre Center, directed by Lee Sunday Evans.  Brett continues his collaborative work with Christine Jones; they are co-designing a new musical, The Cher Show, based on the life of and featuring the music of Cher; and they continue work on New York and international productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

ML Geiger How I Learned to Drive moved from Cleveland Playhouse to Syracuse Stage. Also, I’m designing Link Up at Carnegie Hall in May - this is our 7th season doing the project, and we have a new show The Orchestra Swings! The Weill Music Institute donates music curriculum to all of the 3rd-5th graders in NYC, which culminates in a performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in Carnegie Hall in which 25oo kids/show sing and play. The energy is amazing.

Susan Hilferty is celebrating this month! She is the winner of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Love Love Love and was nominated for the 2017 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Present Laughter. Her "sabbatical" production of Salomé for which she designed sets and costumes has opened on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre in London.  It will be shown on NT LIVE at NYU’s Skirball center on July 8th. Susan is looking forward to returning from her sabbatical in August!

Christine Jones is currently working on the NYC production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child along with Brett Banakis. She is also designing La Traviata for the Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Season, and has recently begun a new project - The Cher Show, which she will co-design with Brett Banakis.

Andrew Lieberman
opens Fulfillment Center, a new play by Abe Koogler at MTC, directed by Daniel Aukin, Costumes by Asta Bennie, Lights by Pat Collins. He is busy designing Noura, a new play by Heather Raffo for The Shakespeare Theater, D.C., and At Home at the Zoo, by Edward Albee, for the Signature Theater. 

Chris Muller opens a new part of his helicopter exhibit at the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum in Salt Lake City, as well as beginning a redesign of the museum's main floor. He designed the golden cockerel for Driscoll Otto's projection design for the Rimsky-Korsakov opera of the same name at Santa Fe this summer. He is creating concept designs for the Radio City Christmas show, and for several museum projects. And he is exploring Brooklyn and painting things in his sketchbook.

Maggie Raywood is currently in Florence, heading into tech for our first production , an adaptation of section of The Odyssey. She will be returning to the clothing collection next week, and joining the undergrads on a brief trip to Rome, where they will visit Lydia Witt at her project.  

Paul Steinberg is attending the workshop of Ann Washburn’s adaptation of The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theater in London, directed by Richard Jones. It’s scheduled to open in December. Also in London, he’ll be presenting the set design for Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House. In July, he will be in Tokyo helping to remount the Glyndebourne Festival Rosenkavalier, also directed by Richard Jones. Simultaneously, The Met Opera production of Rosenkavalier, directed by Robert Carsen, will be presented in Buenos Aires, the set for M Butterfly, directed by Julie Taymor, starts being built. It opens in October on Broadway.