Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Visual Dramaturgy: How to Begin to Design for Theater
DATE: August 11 | 7:00 pm ET
DESCRIPTION: In this 60-minute class we will examine a section of Act 1 Scene 1 of Hamlet through the lens of a designer. How does the process of design begin? What are the responsibilities of the designers to the text? How to consider the interplay between text and the different areas of design? Additionally, to consider the performance happening with the overall design environment? What are the givens that the design must attend to and what are up to interpretations? Participants will have the opportunities to share and discuss their design impulses.
BIO: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is award-winning lighting and projection designer for theatre, dance, opera, musicals, music performances and installation. As a designer she aims to create a visual environment that is organically integrated into the landscape and language of the production. Her designs have been described as “clever” and “inventive” by NY Times. Recent: KPOP (Henry Hewes Award, LIT Design Award, Lortel and Drama Desk Nominations); Relevance (Lortel Nomination), Ludic Proxy (Bel Geddes Design Enhancement); Vietgone and Smart People both with DCPA (Henry Awards Best Lighting Design Nomination). Additionally, Jeanette designed large scale performances with MacArthur Fellow Yuval Sharon and award-winning composer Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). Besides designing, Jeanette has been an active educator on theater designs and is currently the Assistant Arts Professor and Head of Lighting Design for NYU Tisch Undergraduate Drama Production & Design Studio. She is a NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient and is a graduate from California Institute of the Arts.