Scenic Designers for the year 2016 - 2017
Narae Kim is a visual artist who creates images and experiences with multimedia and physical/virtual spaces. She has directed, designed, and produced prize winning short films in VR and Animation. Her recent works address the relation of memory, dreams, and existence. She is interested in storytelling that brings people together, entertainment that creates hybrid of Arts and recent technology, and the new experience that inspires people to see the world differently. She is an MFA candidate in Scenic Design at CalArts and expected to graduate in May 2017.
Ilana Kirschbaum is pursuing a dual degree in both Scenic Design and Animation. She writes, directs, and designs new multimedia experiences. Her work combines space, media and performance, spanning both live and virtual. With a background in illustration, She has a fascination with emerging technologies and creating bridges between the physical and digital. Her design process involves working with traditional forms as well as 3d modeling, 3d printing and virtual reality. This year she created animation for a virtual reality experience for the Huffington Post. Currently she is directing “Terra Incognita”, a immersive environment with virtual reality and live performance that opens on May 8th. Her scenic designs, puppet shows, and installations have been viable at venues that include an abandoned indoor swimming pool, the Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, the Juilliard School, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Santa Fe Opera, Edinburgh Fringe.
Carlo Maghirang is a Los Angeles-based visual/installation artist and scenic designer from the Philippines. His interests include the creation of kinetic and transformative spaces that bridge the gap between sculptural work and immersive experiences. Recent notable works include a performance installation, Ocean of Milk, presented at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, Scenic Designer for Rosanna Gamson’s Still/Restless, performed at the REDCAT, and as Associate Scenic Designer for David Byrne’s new musical, St. Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, premiering at the Public Theatre, NY. Current international collaborations include Aleshea Harris’ new play Fore! directed by Arnaud Meunier and set to tour in France in January 2018, as well as a workshop with Indonesian dance artist Didik Nini Thowok. One of his primary goals is to pursue a career in art and design that promotes intercultural exchanges.
Tanya Orellana is a Los Angeles based set designer and co-founder of the puppetry company Familia Elefante. Core member of the award winning ensemble Campo Santo for the past eight years, Tanya has been a part of their intimate New Work Process, conceptualizing and designing sets alongside the writing process. Her design collaborations include the world premieres of Alleluia written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Jonathan Moscone, PLACAS written by Paul Flores and directed by Michael John Garcés, and Spiritrials by Dahlak Brathwaite directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Recent designs include SAPO written and performed by Culture Clash at the Getty Villa Theatre Lab, Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country written by Richard Montoya and performed at Borderlands theatre in Tucson, Arizona and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Tanya received her MFA in Scenic Design from California Institute of the Arts and is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award.
Elizabeth is a visual artist and scenographer from the south shore of Long Island, New York. She is interested in the process of identity construction and the language of memory. Elizabeth has worked collaboratively as a scenic designer, puppet designer and art director. As a visual artist, her work utilizes various story-telling mechanisms, including installation, performance and video. Elizabeth is an MFA candidate from both the Design and Production program and the Art & Technology program at CalArts.
Levi is graduating with his BFA in Scenic Design at the California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. While at CalArts, he spent time further developing his skills and passions devoted to theatre, painting, immersive design, and visual storytelling. Along with Scene Design, he is passionate about Illustration, Concept Design, and Scenic Art. Through design, he wishes to create new environments for storytelling. He is proficient in all aspects of Scenic Design and conceptualization such as model making, sketching, rendering (both digital and traditional), as well as computer and hand drafting.
Katelyn Lovelace is a graduating BFA4 Scenic Design student. During her four years at CalArts, she has pushed herself outside of her comfort zone of theater and has expanded her body of work to include both live action and animated film, themed entertainment, and immersive environments. She has had the opportunity to take on multiple roles on various Art Department teams, including multiple films as Production Designer; this is where Katelyn has found a new fire. Katelyn’s more recent work includes building and painting a stop motion film on campus, three short films currently in festivals, and an immersive Virtual Reality experience currently in the works. Katelyn is ecstatic to be graduating, and moving on to tackle life in the professional world.
Hi, I am Alex Morel a 30 year old firefighter turned scenic designer. Prior to attending school I also had the opportunity to be the co-founder and co-owner of the production company and event stage Electric Sheep Studios, act as an operations coordinator for some of the biggest festivals in the world, and travel. The wide variety of experience I have been able to have allows me to provide a new and fresh spin on design that I hope you will like.
Madison Price is a native of Southern California and is currently a student in the scenic design program at California Institute of the Arts. Growing up in a creative enviroment, she was always encouraged in the arts and found her passion for designing spaces and environments at a young age. Exploring ways to make her life and art practice more sustainable and to reduce her carbon footprint has led Madison to consider different materials and techniques to bring her love for the environment to her work. Madison has experience working on projects of different sizes, different time constraints, and various budgets. She is outgoing and loves to collaborate with others. She is innovative, up for anything, and ready and willing to do what it takes to get her job done. She has a clear passion for design and can’t imagine doing anything else.
HANMENG SETH QI
Hanmeng “Seth” Qi is a creative designer from China. She is graduating from the Scene Design BFA program at California Institute of the Arts this May. Seth has done production design for theaters, films and stop motions. Currently, her direction is theme entertainment and experience design. Her extensive background included WDI CalArts Educational Initiative, Wanda Harbin themed Park, and a bachelor degree in Sociology.
Jiaying Wang is a scenic designer and visual artist from Shanghai, China. In 2013, she moved to Bellevue, the United States, for further education in fine arts in different medias from a 2-dimensional surface to space, and to digital multi-media. Jiaying is currently a candidate of BFA in scenic design at California Institute of the Arts. In the last two years at CalArts, she has assisted and designed many school shows and film productions. She is attracted to performance art since she loves the romance of a live performance transiting a particular energy and meaning to the audience in a certain time and space. It’s always her interests to create a space for themed experience and performing arts projects. Through contributing to these activities, she expects to combine her artistic style with her scenic skills.
Alexander is a Scenic Designer and Visual Artist from Boston, fixated on presenting frustrating questions through his work and gestures that he creates. Previous design and devised work includes KOLOB (CalArts), Jackie (CalArts), COBBLEFUCK STONETOWN (California Men), Caroline Island (CalArts), house/HOME (BODYART), The Amish Project (New Repertory Theatre), Muckrakers (New Repertory Theatre), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance). Selected theatrical production work includes Bikeman: A 9/11 Play (Off-Broadway), The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), and Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic/PBS).
Jihyun(Theo) HER is a second-year MFA 2 candidate in Scenic Design at California Institute of the Arts. She has worked in various productions such as TV show, film and live entertainment as an Art Director. Her previous selected production work includes: Tic-Tok (China and S.korea/Film ), It's ok It's love (S.Korea/TV show ), Iris (S.korea/TV show),Turning Point of the Youngsters (S.korea / musical ) K.B Card Series (S.Korea /TV commercial), 2NE1 (S.Korea /Music Video).
Jihyun holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Sookmyung Woman's University in Seoul, South Korea.
SONG YI PARK
I am a scenic designer and studying at theater school at Calarts who are interested in both theater and film production with wide backgrounds;architecture, interior design and display design. I graduated with honors from Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, in Industrial Design, specifically Space design.
Melanie Waingarten (Scenic Designer) from Argentina where she began her education as an artist. Melanie holds a degree in Architecture from Universidad Di Tella in Buenos Aires. In parallel, she developed her career in the intersection between design, painting and performing arts. A current candidate in the MFA Scenic Design program in the School of Theater in CALARTS, Melanie is expected to graduate in the spring of 2018.
Lian is an aesthetic sorceress who specializes in installation, performance, and experience design. As a director, she has staged work in converted lofts, abandoned mansions, and the streets of Buenos Aires, in addition to more conventional venues. She ran a community theater program in Argentina for several years and was a creative consultant for the producers of Sleep No More. On a mission to incite wonder, Lian designs interactive installations for festivals like Burning Man and curates intimate, site-specific urban adventures. She also lectures on sacred sexuality and erotic empowerment. Lian is an alum of the Drama League Directing Program and Yale University, where she studied Political Science and Theater.
JANET HUAI-CHIN PI
Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Janet grew up being an enthusiast of expressing herself through performance and art making.
She transferred to CalARTS in 2016, and is now pursuing her BFA training as a scenic designer. Through her work, she wishes
to explore all kinds of possibilities of story telling, whether if it's technology or none traditional materials, and create intimate conversations
with her audience.