Current Faculty Projects

Friday, Feb 16, 2018

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.

Paul Hackenmueller’s winter project work with Target Corporation continues with their national retail re-invention strategy, designing their public Super Bowl events in Minneapolis as well as their internal organizational meetings around the country through spring. Work on a new co-production of Carmen with Seattle Opera and Opera Philadelphia also begins this winter. 

Susan Hilferty has been awarded the COSTUME SOCIETY OF AMERICA Design Award for her costumes for Salomé. The award will be presented at the annual meeting and symposium in Colonial Williamsburg VA in March. Her designs are now onstage for An Ordinary Muslim at New York Theatre Workshop and Uncle Vanya at the Old Globe.  She is designing La Traviata at the Met, which, though it opens in December 2018, is in production now. 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, Amith Chandrashaker ’12, Lap-Chi Chu ’98, and Glenna Ryer ’13.

Constance Hoffman is currently preparing the designs for Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutti, and Don Giovanni, which will be premiering over three consecutive seasons at the San Francisco Opera. Erhard Rom ‘92 is designing scenery. Later this month she will be in dress rehearsals in Washington DC for the production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. Andrew Lieberman is designing the scenery for that project.

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. Christine is also designing an adaptation of Cyrano, with music by the band The National, to be workshopped this summer.

Hugh Landwehr has opened The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Maria Aitken, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.

Andrew Lieberman opens At Home at the Zoo at Signature Theater, as well as Noura at The Shakespeare Theater. 

Chris Muller is the art director for a pavilion for the Dubai 2020 World Expo, for Thinc Design. He continues to paint robots, skulls, and progressive thinkers (sometimes all at once).

Paul Steinberg has been nominated for the 2018 International Opera Award for Best Designer! Learn more about the International Opera Awards and see all the other nominees at

Robert Wierzel is designing Sovereignty, a new play by Mary Kathryn Nagle, directed by Molly Smith. (World premiere, Arena Stage, Washington D.C.) and Enemy Of The People by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Robert Falls (Goodman Theatre, Chicago).