Current Faculty Projects

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017

Brett J. Banakis is continuing work as International Scenic Supervisor on NYC and Worldwide productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with Set Design by Christine Jones.  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. They are also working on a new production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Michael Mayer, with costumes by Susan Hilferty.

M.L. Geiger’s productions of two Pinter One-Acts - The Lover and The Collection - are still running at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. M.L. also designed The Diary of Anne Frank at The Cleveland Playhouse, which opened on October 27, 2017.

Paul Hackenmueller opened The Golden Cockerel at The Santa Fe Opera this past summer. This fall he is designing Macbeth with Opera San Antonio, and a new co-production of Tosca for Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Omaha. Ongoing consulting and design partnerships continue with Target Corporation for both their fall national meetings, as well as the company’s $3 billion dollar new retailing concepts rolling out over the next two years. Paul will end the year with Bruno Mars and his New Year’s Eve bash performance at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. 

Susan Hilferty designed sets and costumes for Illyria, written and directed by Richard Nelson at the Public Theatre. Turn Me Loose, celebrating the Civil Rights activism of the late Dick Gregory, is running at the Wallis Annenberg Center in LA. She is designing La Traviata at the Met, which, though it opens in December 2018, is in production now. Susan is in pre-production for An Ordinary Muslim at New York Theatre Workshop and Uncle Vanya at the Old Globe. She is currently working with alumni Christine Jones ‘92, Brett Banakis ‘10, Jason Ardizzone-West ‘12, Ilana Breitman ‘16, Mark Koss ‘13, Tricia Barsamian ‘07, Sarita Fellows ‘08, Dina Abd el-Aziz ‘15, Meriwether Snipes ‘13, and Glenna Ryer ‘13.

Christine Jones is currently working on the NYC production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child along with Brett Banakis ‘10. 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 is finishing designs for Noura, a new play by Heather Raffo at The Shakespeare Theater in D.C., as well as At Home at the Zoo by Edward Albee at the Signature Theater. He is beginning work on an adaptation of Don Delillo’s novel White Noise for Theater Freiburg; Into the Air, a new opera about Alzheimer’s disease at Philly Opera, and Het Hout, a new play at Toneelgroup Amsterdam, for which he will design both sets and lights. 

Ed McCarthy just opened the School of Rock National Tour for Natasha Katz (Anna Louizos ’90 – Sets and Costumes). Ed lit Kathleen Turner’s new cabaret act at Philadelphia Theater Company, and also lit La Boheme at Molloy College. Ed is currently working on a new version of a play, The Heart of Robin Hood, for the Wallis-Annenberg Theater in LA, a co-design with Ken Billington.

Paul Steinberg Semiramide by Rossini, directed by David Alden, opens at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on November 19thThe Twilight Zone by Ann Washburn, directed by Richard Jones, will be in rehearsal at the Almeida Theater, London. Previews begin December 5th.

Robert Wierzel is working on The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, a new opera based on a series of 1828 murders committed in Edinburgh, Scotland (Music composed by Julian Grant; libretto by Mark Campbell; directed by David Schweizer; scenery by Caleb Wertenbaker; costumes by Nancy Leary. Boston Lyric Opera Annex Production at The Cyclorama Space.) Robert is production designing Stories By Hand, a dance piece conceived and choreographed by Preeti Vasudevan; direction by Paul Kaiser (Produced by New York Live Arts, 11/17.) Robert is also working on Horizon, an evening-length dance with choreography by Liz Gerring & the Liz Gerring Dance Company; music by Michael J. Shumacher; costumes by Liz Prince. Joyce Theatre. 12/17.