September 2019 Faculty Projects

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019


What the faculty are currently doing – ask them about their work!

Brett J. Banakis is opening a new play called Sunday, written by Jack Thorne and directed by Lee Sunday Evans at the Atlantic Theater Company. Upcoming: The Devil Wears Prada, co-design with Christine Jones ‘92, set for an out-of-town tryout in Chicago summer 2020; Three Sisters, co-design with Andrew Lieberman, directed by Sam Gold, at New York Theater Workshop; The Cher Show national tour, co-design with Christine Jones ‘92; An Officer and a Gentleman national tour, directed by Dick Scanlan; and The Enigmatist, a one-man Magic/Puzzles/Prestidigitation show, starring David Kwong, which is returning in November to the High Line Hotel in Chelsea.  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 Hamburg, Germany; San Francisco, CA; and Toronto, Canada.

ML Geiger has spent the summer working on Until the Flood - about the Michael Brown shooting in Fergusson, MO in August of 2014- at the Galway Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where we won a Fringe First and the Stage awards) and at the Arcola Theatre in London. It runs in London until the end of September. 

Susan Hilferty is currently designing sets and costumes for Lorca’s Blood Wedding at London’s Young Vic directed by Yaël Farber and adapted by Marina Carr. She is also designing The Michaels, written and directed by Richard Nelson (set by Jason Ardizzone-West ’12, co-costume designer Mark Koss ‘13), and Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, directed by Oskar Eustis (co-costume designer Sarita Fellows ‘08). She is preparing Aïda for the Metropolitan Opera directed by Michael Mayer (sets by Christine Jones ‘92). The Gate Theatre production of Hamlet with Hilferty’s set and costume designs will be performing at St. Anne’s Warehouse in January 2020. 

Christine Jones is co-designing with Amy Rubin ‘12 a remount of an adaptation of Cryano, with music by The National for The New Group. In addition, she has started designing with Brett Banakis ‘10 The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Elton John. Her set for AIDA, which will open in September 2020, is being built at The Metropolitan Opera. She has also begun designing a new play by Noah Haidle called Birthday Candles for The Roundabout. She is an artist in residence at The Park Avenue Armory where she is developing a dance piece with music by Jonsi. 

Rebecca Lord-Surratt is currently Associate Designing Noura with Andromache Chalfant ’02 at the Old Globe in San Diego, art directing a concert at Webster Hall for MTV’s Video Music Awards, and art directing the annual televised 9/11 Commemoration at the 9/11 Memorial.  This fall she will return as an art director to season five of Showtime’s Billions.

Ola Maslik is currently production designing HULU Anthology Series Monsterland based on Nathan Ballingrud’s short story collection “North American Lake Monsters.” Ola just recently wrapped pilots Half Empty for Amazon and The Village for NBC. She also recently wrapped final season as production designer on the AMC 80's/90's TV show Halt and Catch Fire created by Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell, produced by Jeff Freilich and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul). During this period, Ola worked with multiple renowned directors, including Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts) and Karyn Kusama (Destroyer with Nicole Kidman), among others.

Chris Muller has been visiting fabrication shops in Germany and Spain and Dubai as the exhibits for the 'Terra Pavilion' for the Dubai 2020 World Expo are built. Work continues on the "Elephant House' for the Philadelphia Zoo as part of their new masterplan. He continues to consult on the new Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. He's working on a new painting series called 'At 2am.' 

Paul Steinberg is designing Tamerlano by Handel for the Frankfurt Opera directed by RB Schlather with costumes by department alum Doey Luethi ‘95. It opens November 7. Judgment Day by Odon Von Horvath, directed by Richard Jones, opens at The Park Avenue Armory on December 11. Paul is on sabbatical for the fall semester but looks forward to returning in January to teach 2nd and 3rd year Set Design and Sets for Lights.

Robert Wierzel is working on the following: 1. Bernhardt/Hamlet, a play by Theresa Rebeck; directed by Donna Feore. Goodman Theatre, Chicago. 2. A Thousand Splendid Suns, a play by Ursula Rani Sarma, adapted from the novel ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini; directed by Carey Perloff and Haysam Kadri.  With my associate lighting designer Andrew Griffin. Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, BC. 

Christopher Young is overseeing Vision & Virtuosity, and exhibition encompassing over 180 years of design artistry at Tiffany & Co. This exhibition is a once in a lifetime moment for Tiffany, Christopher curated over 400 jewels and gemstones and other objects from the Tiffany Archives as well as loans from various museums and institutions. The exhibition opens in Shanghai, China on September 23, and will run until November 10th.  For this exciting project, he hired Paris-based scenographer, Nathalie Criniere (ageNCe) as well as AV team La Meduse, and for Lighting Gerald Karlikow (Gelactic) and mountmakers AINU. The sections of the exhibition include Blue is the Color of Dreams: blue colored gemstones from Tiffany; World of Tiffany which explores the history of the little blue box and how it has appeared in popular culture since its beginning in September 1837, The Blue Book, the world’s first catalog which was a Tiffany invention, including the period of design leadership of the company by son of the founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Tiffany Blue Book is still the means by which Tiffany shows its most dazzling creations to its customers today. Tiffany Love is an important chapter of the exhibition which explores Tiffany’s introduction of the Tiffany Setting; Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the design of a Tiffany Style Icon is an important section of the exhibition and Diamonds: Wonders of Nature, including the Tiffany Diamond which is rarely seen outside of the New York flagship. For the Breakfast at Tiffany’s chapter, working with Paramount and the Audrey Hepburn Estate, Young unearthed many never seen before costume renderings and designs for the famous film, including several drawings and renderings by Edith Head, as well as illustrator Robert McGinnis who designed the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster.