ROUND 1

Ao Li, Chen-Wei Liao, Dina El-Aziz, Edurne Fernandez, Kimie Nishikawa, María Feuereisen, Megumi Katayama, Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, Omar Madkour, Reza Behjat, Riw Rakkulchon, Rodrigo Muñoz, Stefania Bulbarella, Wenzheng (Wen) Zhang, and Yee Eun Nam

Curated by Clint Ramos and Cha See

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ARTIST BIOS

is a set designer and visual artist. He has been working internationally between the U.S. and China on a range of theatrical works including drama, musical, opera and dance. His recent designs: Kiss (Yale Repertory Theatre), All My Fathers (La MaMa), A Summer’s Day (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center), Airline Highway (Fordham Theatre), Lucretia (HERE Arts Center), Scraps (Flea Theatre), Where is My Maple Town (Theatre Row), As You Like It (Columbia University), Waiting for Godot (Miller Performing Arts Center) and Blind (Shanghai International Arts Festival), among others. His work in visual art has received three solo exhibitions. He holds an MFA in Set Design from Yale School of Drama. www.aoliarts.com

AO LI

is a New York City based scenic designer originally from Taiwan. She has diverse experiences in theater, feature film and exhibition both in Asia and the United States. Growing up in bilingual and multicultural environments, she is interested in observing and creating the connection between people, stories and space. Her recent New York City design credits include Glass Menagerie (Pigeonhole Company), New Creation (Dixon Place), Light Out! (AND theatre), Three Musketeers 1941 (Project Y Theatre). Her film credits include User Zero, directed by Ria Tobaccowala; Lovers, directed by YiFei He;  Freedom Shadow, directed by Ria Tabaccowala; and Exchange, directed by Thais Vitrorelli, produced by Coca Cola & Regal. She is a proud alumni of Carnegie Mellon University and National Taiwan University. www.chenweiliaodesign.com

CHEN-WEI LIAO

is a British-Egyptian Costume Designer, currently residing in New York. A graduate of the Design for Stage and Film MFA program at NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Dina has worked on theatre productions in NYC, and regionally in the US. Her most recent productions include P*ssy C*ck Know Nothing (Target Margin), King Lear (Northern Stage) and Noura (both The Guthrie and The Old Globe), and Selling Kabul (Williamstown Theater Festival). www.dinae.me 

DINA EL-AZIZ

is a costume designer for stage and film. As a Mexican artist, Edurne has designed various short films such as Clarity, winner of the Grand Jury Award at Mammoth Film Festival, Welcome Back, shot in Ecuador and nominated for the College TV Awards - Student Emmy’s, and Perfectly Natural, winner of the Jury Prize at the Directors Guild of America's Student Film Awards and Best International College Short Film Award at Zaragoza Film Festival, Spain, which  was also released on DUST Channel with over 3.7 million views. Her most recent theater works include: Through the Leaves and Kiss which played at the Walt Disney Modular Theater. Edurne co-designed alongside Marcela Valiente Distroller El Muisikul, a new musical that premiered in Mexico City in April of 2019 and was nominated for Best Costume Design at the Metro Awards held in the city. Edurne was active in dance competitions for 10 years as a choreographer, costume designer, dancer and make up artist. Edurne continues working with Mexican designers such as Marcela Valiente and her company Conexión En Movimiento. Edurne received a Master’s in Costume Design from California Institute of the Arts and an Undergraduate degree at Universidad Iberoamericana focused on textile design. www.edurnefernandez.com

EDURNE FERNANDEZ

is a Japanese scenic designer based in NYC. She spent her childhood traveling between the US and her native country, moving back to Japan with her family when she was ten years old. After graduating from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) with a degree in The English Language, she pursued a career in theater that first started out as an after school activity in college. NYC recent: The Headlands (LCT3), Gnit (TFANA), Dr. Ride’s American Beach House (Ars Nova), The Light (MCC), Ain't No Mo' (The Public Theater), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (The Playwrights Realm), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), Henry VI Parts 1-3 (NAATCO). Recent regional includes: Goodnight Nobody (McCarter Theatre Center), Wakey Wakey (A.C.T Geary Theater), Indecent (Weston Playhouse Theater), Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre), The Corpse Washer, How To Defend Yourself (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Pride and Prejudice (Kansas City Rep), Marjorie Prime, Jazz (Marin Theatre Company). MFA: NYU Tisch

www.kimienishikawa-design.com

KIMIE NISHIKAWA

is a Scenic Designer for theater and film and a visual artist, from Santiago, Chile, currently working in NYC. Master of Fine Arts Graduate of the Design Department for Stage and Film at NYUTisch . She’s devoted her career as a designer and visual artist to story telling through the exploration of materials and sustainable solutions and the belief that creativity can be an agent for social development and human dignity. www.mariamaria.cl

MARÍA FEUEREISEN

is a Sound Designer, Sound Artist, and Composer based in NYC. Her recent design credits include Off-Broadway: For Colored Girls… (The Public Theater), Regional: Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf Theater), El Huracán (Yale Rep/The Sol Project, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nomination), Pass Over (Studio Theater), soft (Williamstown Theater Festival Fellowship), and Sense & Sensibility (Virginia Stage Company). Her installation piece Spine Line Awake: Manuel Neri Redux (Yale University Art Gallery) was selected for featured emerging artist exhibit at Prague Quadrennial 2019. Originally from Japan, Megumi holds a BFA from University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA from Yale School of Drama. www.megumikatayama.com

MEGUMI KATAYAMA

is a South African costume and fashion designer based in New York City. Recent theatre credits include New York: Where We Stand (WP Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (The Public Theater); Sunday and The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theatre Company); Mies Julie (Classic Stage Company); Dutch Masters (Partial Comfort). Regional: Legacy Land (KCRep Theatre), On the Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre); America v2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro (Barrington Stage Company); Familiar (Steppenwolf Theatre); Master Harold and the Boys (Round House Theatre). Film: BRAVE, Vision for Moncler (Spike Lee). Awards: Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans (2017); Elle New Talent Award (2010). Education: NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Istituto Marangoni (United Kingdom); University of Witwatersrand (South Africa). www.fuzunina.com

NTOKOZO FUZUNINA KUNENE

is a lighting designer for live performance from Cairo, Egypt. His designs were presented in Egypt, the United States and across multiple European festivals. Selected credits include We’re Gonna Die (Bootleg Theatre LA); Ordinary People (Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin); Mind, The Gap (Amsterdam’s Dancing On The Edge); No Exit (Lee Strasberg Institute, LA); El Camino Donde Nosotros Lloramos (CalArts in LA and UNAM in Mexico City). Omar is a co-founder of Bad Boy Sad Boy, a collective of artists which created La Princesa (a first prize winner of the ArtChangeUS competition). He assisted award winning designers Rick Fisher, Duane Schuler & Tony Simpson during his internship at the LA Opera. Omar holds an MFA from the Light Design program at CalArts and a BA in Theatre from The American University in Cairo. www.omarmadkour.com

OMAR MADKOUR

was born and raised in Iran where he worked with some of the prominent directors for several years. In 2014, he moved to New York City to pursue his MFA in Lighting Design at New York University where he was offered a full-ride for three years. Reza's works have been shown on Off-Broadway and regional theaters across the United States such as The Public Theater, A.R.T./New York Theaters, NAATCO, Waterwell, The Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Geva Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage and more. Currently, Reza resides in Brooklyn. Awards: Knight of Illumination Award for Nina Simone: Four Women www.rezabehjat.com

REZA BEHJAT

is a set designer from Bangkok, Thailand (born and raised). A well known stress baker. Selected Credits: Twelfth Night (Yale Repertory Theatre), Cymbeline (The Public Theatre), The Waiting Game (59E59), Free and Proud (Edinburgh Fringe), Antony + Cleopatra (Yale Summer Cabaret), Loose Canon (Fringe Encore NYC 2015) and Far From Canterbury (FringeNYC), as well as collaborations with Kitchen Theatre Company, Opera Ithaca and Ithaca Shakespeare. He assisted designers such as Riccardo Hernandez, Wilson Chin, Jason Ardizzone-West and Walt Spangler on productions at The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep, among others. He holds a BFA from Ithaca College, and MFA from Yale School of Drama. @riwrdesign www.riwrdesign.com

RIW RAKKULCHON

is a New York-based costume designer originally from Mexico City. Graduated from The National School of Theatre and Arts (Mexico) BA degree in Theatre Set Design. MFA in Costume Design for Stage and Film - NYU Tisch School of the Arts ‘19. Recent theatre credits include Jazz Singer (Abrons Arts Center/Directed by Joshua William Gelb), Jump (Astoria Performing Arts/Directed by Arpita Mukherjee), Harlem 100 ft. Mwenso & the Shakes - IMG Artists & JMG Live, Tobias (WP Pipeline Festival 2020/Directed by Arpita Mukherjee). Recent Film credits: Cracked (Directed by Lin Que Ayoung), Lucia (Directed by Victoria Rivera), A Mutual Understanding (Directed by Abigail Prade), A for Alpa (Directed by Kelley Kali) www.rodrigomunozdesign.com 

RODRIGO MUÑOZ

is an Argentine Director and Projection Designer. Her latest credits include Projection Design: Unstuck (The Tank), 12 Angry Animals (NYU Tisch), Field Awakening (Corkscrew/Columbia Stages), Azul Otra Vez (BRIC/Prelude), The Revolution (National Sawdust). Associate Projection Designer: Warriors Don’t Cry (Theatre USA), Circle Jerk (Ars Nova). Programmer: Fandango for Butterflies (Engarde Arts). Director: Personal Questions (24h Zoom Fest), Venus (Sitio 0), The Man in the Window (Italytime), Memorama - Reading (LaMicro Theater), Ese Animal que Soy a Veces - Reading and Tooth for Tooth - Reading (LATEA). Associate Director: Nanas (LaMicro Theater), Field Awakening (Corkscrew). Assistant Director: Wolf Play (Soho Rep), Somos Mas (Pregones), Dike - workshop (NYTW), La Négrophilia (Vineyard Theatre), Somos New York, Las Mariposas (People’s Theatre Project). Production Assistant: Waterboy and the Mighty World (The Bushwick Starr). Studies: BFA in Directing and Creative Technologies - The New School, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. www.stefaniabulbarella.com

STEFANIA BULBARELLA

is a New York based scenic designer and visual artist who is originally from Taiyuan, China. He’s been focusing on theatre, television and performing arts. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Washington and a BA in Theatre from the Arizona State University. His regional credits include: Theatre: Nothing's Plenty for Me (Upcoming); Goldie, Max and Milk (Penthouse Theatre); Fefu and Her Friends (Meany Studio Theatre); Monstrosity (Penthouse Theatre). TV: The People in the Story (Upcoming); He and Cat (Upcoming); and Goodbye, Mr. X (Season Three). He received the National Scholarship from the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and Academy Second Prize from The Central Academy of Drama. He believes the visual arts is an expression of emotion. Instagram: @Wonderup.z www.wenzhengzhang.com 

WENZHENG (WEN) ZHANG

is a theater designer for opera, theater and any forms for live performances currently based in LA. Recent design works include Legacy Land (Kansas City Rep), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Augergine, The Canadians (South Coast Rep), Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse), Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse), Citizen: An American Lyric (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Fountain Theater), Found Musical (IAMA Theatre Company), Sisters in Law (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Mother of Henry, Dementia, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story (Latino Theater Company). Opera design works include Then I Stood Up : A Civil Rights Cycle (LA Opera Connects), Notorious RBG in Song (Skirball Cultural Center), Venus and Adonis/Savitri (New Camerata Opera, NYC), Backwards from Winter (Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC), Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (The Soraya), Lohengrin (New World Center, Miami). MFA in Theater Design at UCLA. Portfolio: www.yeeeunnam.com

YEE EUN NAM 

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