January-February 2019 Faculty Projects

Friday, Feb 1, 2019

CAMPBELL BAIRD was a guest adjudicator at the Studio and Forum of Scenic painting in Hudson, New York, and in February he is a guest adjudicator for the Region Four Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival events in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is also currently in the preliminary stages of some upcoming ballet and opera design projects (more as events unfold). 

BRETT J. BANAKIS is continuing design work on a one-man Magic/Puzzle/Prestidigitation show called The Enigmatist, starring David Kwong, at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. Brett is beginning work on a new Sherlock Holmes play at the Geffen Playhouse called Mysterious Circumstances, based on a New Yorker article of the same name. Brett is continuing work as International Scenic Supervisor on all worldwide productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with Set Design by Christine Jones ‘92, in Melbourne, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; and San Francisco. Currently running: Brett is an assistant set designer for a new production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Michael Mayer, set designed by Christine Jones ’92 with costumes by Susan Hilferty. The Cher Show, based on the life of - and featuring the music of - Cher, at the Neil Simon Theatre (co-design with Christine Jones ‘92).

ANDROMACHE CHALFANT
80 WSE Gallery (part of NYU Steinhardt) has a show up that I worked on with artist Dora Budor. Lucrecia Briceno ‘04 did lights, and two NYU alums were assisting. The director of the gallery, Nicola Lees, and I would like to have the students (and faculty) see the show! Learn more following the faculty entries.

M.L. GEIGER is designing Donnetta Grays’ new play Last Night and the Night before at the Denver Center, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, which begins previews on 1/18 and runs through February. She is also preparing for other regional shows in March and April at Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players - Inherit the Wind directed by artistic director Sandy Robbins, Until the Flood at Portland Center Stage, and Amber Waves, a revival of James Still’s play about the farm crisis. 

SUSAN HILFERTY has designed sets and costumes for Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena at the Signature Theatre, directed by Yaël Farber (Amith Chandrashaker ‘12, Lighting Designer; Mark Koss ‘13 and Meriwether Snipes ’13, Assistant Costume Designers). She is also currently designing sets and costumes for The Oresteia written by Ellen Mclaughlin and directed by Michael Kahn as his final production as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC (where he has been artistic director since 1986). Susan’s designs for Hamlet at the Gate Theatre in Dublin just earned her a nomination for BEST SET DESIGN from the 2018 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. 

ALLEN LEE HUGHES is working on designing How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The play is directed by Niegel Smith, artistic director of the Flea Theatre. Allen has returned from sabbatical for the spring semester.

CHRISTINE JONES is currently working on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia. Harry Potter will also soon add productions in San Francisco and Germany. You can see her designs in the current productions of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and The Cher Show on Broadway (co-designed with Brett Banakis). Christine is also designing Aida for the Met with Susan Hilferty for 2020. 

ED MCCARTHY
was lighting director for Live From Lincoln Center’s New Year’s Eve Concert with the NY Philharmonic and Renee Fleming. He is lighting a concert version of Little Shop of Horrors at the Madison Theater at Molloy College. Ed won the Broadway World Minneapolis Regional award for lighting for the Ordway Theater’s production of Mamma Mia!

CHRIS MULLER continues work on the Sustainability Pavilion for the 2020 Dubai World Expo, as well as other projects for Thinc Design, including the Philadelphia Zoo masterplan, a prison museum, and a jellyfish virtual reality experience. He is beginning work on designing (with Cait O'Connor ‘09) The Sweetest Life, a children's opera; doing illustration work for the upcoming Broadway revival of Oklahoma! (set design by Laura Jellinek ‘09); and continuing work illustrating the memoirs of a theater director. 

PAUL STEINBERG
will be at MassMoCA participating in a workshop for Triptych by Bryce Dessner, directed by Daniel Fish. It will be seen in many venues in the US, Europe and Asia including the BAM Opera House this June.  He will also be in tech for the West End, London transfer of Twilight Zone by Ann Washburn, directed by Richard Jones. It begins previews March 4th. Work on Judgement Day by Odon Von Horvath for The Park Avenue Armory, directed by Richard Jones, is in full swing in Paul’s studio. Opening is late November this year. 

ROBERT WIERZEL’s February is full of project planning. I am in pre-production for Eugene Onegin, an opera by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; directed by Tomer Zvulun; scenery by Erhard Rom ‘92; costumes by Isabella Bywater. This is being produced by Atlanta Opera. Also, I am in pre-production for The Fix, a new opera, with music by Joel Pucket; libretto and direction by Eric Simonson; conducted by Timothy Myers; scenery by Walt Spangler; costumes by Trevor Bowen. It is a world première being produced by Minnesota Opera.