The Shape of Things

Set and Video Design

2020



Das Maß der Dinge / The Shape of Things
A play by Neil LaBute, translated by Jakob Kraut
Theater Chemnitz, premiere 02 October 2020

Adam works in a museum. One day, the beautiful art student Evelyn stands behind the barrier to a  statue depicting a male nude. Adam tries to convince Evelyn to step in front of the barrier again. Discussion turns into flirtation, flirtation into a relationship. Adam changes: driven by Evelyn, he suddenly pays attention to diet, clothes, sport and develops into a man that women notice. But Evelyn has her own plans for Adam, and in the end, she leaves not only him speechless.

For this story, which can be viewed as a parable, a correspondingly abstract space forms the set. A podium, consising of ten movable panels, transforms with the story, hinting at various locations of the play rather then depicting them. The various configurations of the stage suggest closed vs open rooms, and together create a rich ,playground’ for the characters.

Director: Ulrike Euen
Dramaturgy: René Rainer Schmidt
Costume Design: Tina Hübner
Photo Credits: Artgenossen.tv, Tina Hübner
Cast: Maja Grahnert, Lisa Mattiuzzo, Gabriel Tauber, Morris Weckherlin
With thanks to Norman Heinrich and Frank Hänig

Macbeth

Set Design (Proposal)

2020


The story of Macbeth is at the same time a personal tragedy of a man who has lost his way, as it is also a story about a society in which he has socialised and which has later become the victim of his actions. The proposed production packs this story into the space of an institute for preventive medicine. This location allows the action to be viewed in a closed system, reduced to a minimum, which shows the interactions clearly, unexpectedly and in its perversity.

The tragedies in Macbeth are a result of mistakes that occur in an institution. Three medical assistants play with their patient and further develop with Macbeth his sick idea that he is indeed a hero who could become the King of England. Disoriented, he begins to find striking similarities between his home and the characters in his play and decides to fight for power with the management of the institute.

The space of the first act is fragmented. A selection of rooms within the Institute are presented: Macbeth's department with its puppet theatre / a control room / a corridor. This provides an introduction to the play that simultaneously shows Macbeth's character development and his surroundings. A scene change occurs shortly after Duncan's murder. Macbeth's room eats the space around it, growing like a cancer cell, becoming one with the institution it is in.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Set Design

2017




Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: A New Musical
Set design
Performance Works Theatre, Vancouver
October 27 - November 11, 2017

BBAJ is a comedic historical rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel. For the run of the show, the interior of the intimate Performance Works theatre was covered with a layer of mulch, setting the play in the middle of American land, then yet to be developed. The structure in the middle acts both as a makeshift theatre stage and a policical rally location, highlighting the closeness of populist politics and showmanship.

Company: Fighting Change Productions
Director: Ben Bilodeau
Choreography: Erin Michell
Lighting Design: Michael K Hewitt
Costume Design: Kim Blais, Nazanin Shoja
Music Direction: Thomas King
Nominated for 2018 Ovation! Award for Outstanding Set Design
In collaboration with Sarah Sako

Cinderella

Set Design

2018



Cinderella: A Christmas Panto
written by Catherine Morrison
Metro Theatre, Vancouver
December 15 - January 6, 2018

A version of the familiar fairytale is transported into modern day Canada. Taking inspiration from Ken Lum’s Vancouver Especially, the set places the three sisters in a tiny affordable house. Marrying the prince is the only option left to solve their housing problem. The set provides a contemporary backdrop to the story, mixing classical theatre technique like the use of scale models and forced perspective, with modern commentary on social issues, such as characterless and replaceable urban developments.

Director: Mike Mackenzie
Lighting Design: Michael K Hewitt
Costume Design:  Fairlith Harvey


Modelmaking

Various

2016 — 2021



Physical Modelmaking
Various Projects
2016 — 2021

1. Replica of Otto Wagner’s Post Office interior in Vienna. 1:20
2. Apartment interior in Pantin, Paris. 1:10
3. Competition for a new Community Hall in Arlesheim. 1:20
4-6. Proposal for a new temporary theatre in Vancover. 1:33 and 1:75