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Scenic & Costume DESIGN

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House of Gold

by Gregory S. Moss

Costume Design by
Stevie Nemazee

Gregory S. Moss' House of Gold is a funny and haunting look at childhood, trauma, unchecked white American privilege and the cannibalistic nature of celebrity. We find JonBenet Ramsey in a nightmarish purgatory where all the expectations of girlhood and celebrity collide. JonBenet is part of a never-ending pageant she was not elected to be in; desperately trying to get it right this time.

Directed by Blake Harris
Scenic Design by Elizabeth Smith
Lighting Design by Luke Garrity
Video Design by Ting Zhang
Sound Design by Malik Allen

Photo credits: Brian Hashimoto


In the Ravine

by Anton Chekhov

Scenic Design by
Stevie Nemazee

Director Brian Hashimoto's adaptation of In the Ravine by Anton Chekhov examines a town caught in a vicious cycle of self-consumption, endless greed, corruption, power, and vanity. The only way out is up, and the only way up is by ruthlessly climbing over and stepping on everyone else. What would you do to get on top, to breathe fresh air? And how long can you stay there until someone drags you back down? The only way to avoid being crushed and rise above the machine, is to accept that there is no escape.

Adapted & Directed by Brian Hashimoto
Costume Design by Stephanie Petagno
Lighting Design by Chu-Hsuan Chang
Video Design by Ting Zhang
Sound Design by Jesse Mandapat

Photo credits: Spencer Sturr & Brian Hashimoto


Lock & Key

Choreographed by Sophia Stoller

Scenic Design by
Stevie Nemazee

Lock & Key is a multimedia dance performance exploring the multi-layered theme of "the cage". Trapped in a space together by an unseen external force, six individuals are forced to interact with one another, causing power struggles to break out and alliances to form.  As tensions build and power dynamics intensify, a question begins to unfold: “Who holds the keys?”

Directed & Choreographed
by Sophia Stoller
Costumes by Christine Bald
Lighting Design by Aaron Altmark
Video Design by Jesse Garrison
Original Music by Justin Scheid 

Photo credits: Steven A. Gunther


Another Troy

by John Johnson

Costume Design by
Stevie Nemazee

Another Troy is a modern day adaptation of Aeschylus' The Oresteia focusing on family, sacrifice, and the occasional food fight. Over a span of five years, we follow a contemporary middle-class American family's destructive struggle for balance against the backdrop of an unpopular foreign war. 

Directed by Dan Bonnell
Scenic Design by Yao Zhang
Lighting Design by Matt Baye
Video Design by Daniel Jackson
Sound Design by Harlow Price

Photo credits: Jonathan Potter and Brian Hashimoto


The Color of Then

A durational performance installation

Conceived & Designed by
Stevie Nemazee

The Color of Then is a durational performance installation examining the lasting effects of trauma on the body over time. In this deeply personal work, a single performer (Brenna Fredrickson) is alone in a space with a slowly melting ice sculpture, forced to confront the inevitable exposure of memory through the body.

During the performance, audience were welcome to come and go as they pleased and encouraged to see the installation at different phases during the day. As the ice sculpture melted, polaroid images were revealed and pockets of dye were released throughout the ice. As these elements dropped to the                                                                                                                  floor, the actor responded accordingly through movement. 

Directed by Brian Hashimoto
Performed by Brenna Fredrickson

Photo Credit: Brian Hashimoto
 

 Concept Design

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Arcadia

Written by Tom Stoppard

Scenic Design
1/2" scale model

A century before her time, Thomasina plots a leaf mathematically to deduce its equation and draws a diagram of heat exchange, respectively discovering a way to predict population changes and the theory of entropy. Two hundred years later in present day, new inhabitants of the house  use clues from the past to assert their own means and rewrite history, unsuspecting of the 17 year old girl in their findings to be of any significance. Gradually, science and art, love and reason explode into chaos, revealing the truth about Thomasina and the effortless, sublime, inevitability of entropy in all forms. 


Ivona: Princess of Burgundia

by Witold Gombrowicz

Scenic Design
1/2" scale model

A prince, bored with his perfect life, impulsively decides to marry an unwilling, ugly, un-marriageable girl from a much lower social class. Once in the castle, her persistent silence prompts the Royal family to vent their insecurities onto her. Eventually growing paranoid, they plot to, and succeed in, killing her off; their perfect lives once again restored to a safe state of boredom. 


Turn of the Screw

by Benjamin Britten

Scenic Design
1/2" scale model

A young governess moves to the country to look after two delinquent  children and lift them out of their ignorance. In her efforts to do good, she does a lot of harm. Soon after her arrival, she sees the specters of old grounds keeper, Peter Quint, and former governess, Miss Jessel. Beginning to question her sanity and ability to help the children, the governess presses them to reveal their past relationships with the two ghosts, ultimately leading to insanity and death. 


The Skriker

by Caryl Churchill

Costume Design
costume sketches 

The Skriker is a bad fairy from an ancient world, hateful and jealous of the human race. She seduces Lily and Josie in an attempt to steal a baby, which she will use to eradicate the human race as punishment for what they have done to the Earth. 


Salome

by Oscar Wilde

Scenic Design
1/2" scale model

The objectified princess, Salome, is rejected by the prisoner, Iokanaan, with whom she is enamored. This rejection fuels her to use the male gaze against her lecherous uncle, King Herod, demanding Iokanaan's head in exchange for dancing the Dance of the Seven Veils. Her cunning and success in achieving her goal are greeted with mortal violence.   


The Visit

by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Costume and Scenic Design
costume sketches + 1/2" scale model