March 2019 Faculty Projects

Friday, Mar 8, 2019

Jason Ardizzone-West is designing the new Blue Man Group national tour opening in Los Angeles in September; the world premier of The Michaels, written & directed by Richard Nelson, opening at The Public Theater in October (Susan Hilferty, costume design); The Wiz, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, opening at the Cincinnati Playhouse in September; Native Gardens, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, opening at the Cleveland Playhouse in May, and a few other projects that are not yet announced.

Brett J. Banakis is continuing design 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: The Cher Show at the Neil Simon Theatre (co-design with Christine Jones ‘92), and The Enigmatist, a one-man Magic/Puzzles/Prestidigitation show, starring David Kwong, at the High Line Hotel in Chelsea.

M.L. Geiger is lighting Inherit the Wind at Delaware Repertory Theatre opening March 9. Until the Flood goes to Portland Center Stage over spring break opening March 22. She is on two panels at the USITT Conference - lighting diverse casts and working on new plays. Paul Hackenmueller is currently in production on a new Cosi fan Tutte for the Lyric Opera of Kansas. Spring commercial work includes designing multiple international meetings for Radisson Hotel Group and multiple productions for Target Corporation across the US and Asia. Susan Hilferty’s set and costume designs for Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena can be seen at the Signature Theatre, directed by Yaël Farber (Amith Chandrashaker ‘12, Lighting Designer; Mark Koss ’13, Assistant Costume Designer). 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. 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.

Constance Hoffman is currently working on two different designs for two different productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one for the Opera Theatre of St Louis, and one for the San Francisco Opera, and being very careful not to get them mixed up. She is also designing a ballet of three of the Grimm Brother’s Tales in collaboration with the painter Natalie Frank and set designer George Tsypin ‘84, for Ballet Austin. She is particularly excited to be working with Jeff Fender, who is hand-painting all of the ballet costumes, and with Gene Mignola, who is creating digitally printed textiles for the Figaro in St. Louis.

Rebecca Lord-Surratt just designed the premiere of Tell Them I’m Still Young at the South Orange Performing Arts Center starring Andre Braugher. This spring she is art directing a number of special events for Viacom Media Networks and production designing the 2019 Viacom Newfront. You can also see her art direction work in the upcoming season 4 of Billions on Showtime.

Chris Muller continues working on the Sustainability Pavilion for the Dubai 2020 World Expo, and other projects for Thinc Design, including a Virtual Reality Jellyfish experience, a VR Elephant experience, the new Georgia O'Keefe Museum in New Mexico, and the masterplan for the Philadelphia Zoo. With Cait O'Connor '09 he is designing sets and projections for The Sweetest Life, a children's opera. He is creating character designers for a VR experience.

Paul Steinberg will be in London February 23-March 10 in tech and previews for the West End transfer of The Twilight Zone by Ann Washburn, directed by Richard Jones. Previews begin on March 4. He is currently designing Tamerlano by Handel for Frankfurt Opera directed by RB Schlather, with costumes designed by Doey Luethi ’95, opening in October, and Judgement Day by Odon Von Horvath for the Park Avenue Armory, directed by Richard Jones, opening in November.

Robert Wierzel’s work this month includes Eugene Onegin at Atlanta Opera, as well as The Fix, a new commissioned work at Minnesota Opera. He will also re-mount La Boheme at the Dallas Opera. He was also pleasantly surprised to discover he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for my work on Camelot at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC (Alan Paul, director; scenery by Walt Spangler; costumes by Ana Kuzmanic; sound by Ken Travis). Even more surprisingly, he won a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle - Craig Noel Award for “Outstanding Lighting Design” for A Thousand Splendid Suns at the Old Globe (directed by Carey Perloff; scenery by Ken MacDonald; costumes by Linda Cho; music by David Coulter.)