The Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Connecticut Chapter presents:
Find Your Light:
A demonstration/discussion of the role
of design in theater
Dawn Chiang, Broadway Lighting Designer, leads a conversation about a different theatrical craft vocabulary, visual rather than verbal, that contributes to the emotional life of the storytelling art. Panelists include Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, Costume Designer Tilly Grimes and Scenic Designer Jessica Parks.
Yes, a story can be told in a black box without costume or sense of place, and lit by a single light, but Lighting, Set and Costume Designers collaborate to enhance performance, infusing character with subtext, creating atmosphere and space that performers inhabit to convey story to an audience. If you want to understand the magic of live performance, of theatre, this panel is for you. LPTW_CT is committed to providing our members opportunities to network with each other, and to promoting professional women in theatre. Other panelists TBD. We invite you to join us for this important event.
Monday, Oct. 23
Networking 5:30-6:30; Panel 6:30-8:30
Stepping Stones Museum
Multimedia Gallery, Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT
About the Panelists:
On Broadway, Dawn designed the lighting for Zoot Suit, was co-designer for Tango Pasion, and associate lighting designer for Show Boat, The Life and the original Broadway production of La Cage Aux Folles. Off Broadway, she has designed for the Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and co-designed the first two seasons of the “Encores!” concert musical series at City Center. Dawn was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera, and has worked for the concert tours of Paul Anka, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, and Loggins and Messina. She has designed the lighting at numerous regional theaters including the Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Arena Stage.
Dawn has earned two Drama League Critics’ Awards, two Lighting Designer of the Year Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theatre), and nominations for the San Francisco Drama Critics’ Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the Maharam Award for design from American Theatre Wing.
She is also a senior consultant with Theatre Projects Consultants, who plan, design and help build performing arts facilities worldwide.
Elizabeth Williamson is Hartford Stage’s associate artistic director and also leads the company’s work in new play development. For Hartford Stage, She has directed Cloud 9, translated La Dispute, and dramaturgedHeartbreak House, Anastasia, Romeo and Juliet, The Body of an American, An Opening in Time, Hamlet, Reverberation, Macbeth, Man in a Case, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and others. Before joining Hartford Stage, Williamson served as Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager for Pioneer Theatre Company, where she premiered Bess Wohl’sTouch(ed) and In, and Wendy MacLeod’s Find and Sign. She has worked around the country with About Face Theatre, the American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkshire Opera, Court Theatre, HERE Arts Center, the La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, the Magic Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Directing and Comparative Literature, Bennington College; Master’s in European Literature, Oxford University; trained at the École Jacques Lecoq. Awards: NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation.
Tilly is an English theatre designer based New York. Recent credits Underground Railroad Game (Lucille Lortel Nomination, International, National Tour and Ars Nova), Small Mouth Sounds (New York and National Tour), The Government Inspector (Duke on 42nd and New World Stages). Recognition – Lortel Nomination Best Costume Design, Balsamo Grant for Immigrant Artists, Irish Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Nomination and Onstage Critics Award. New York – Roundabout, Ars Nova, Women’s Project, Foundry, Red Bull Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, Here Arts Centre, Barrow Group, and La Mama. Regional – Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Alley Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Goodspeed Opera, OSF, Wilma, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Pittsburgh Public & Westport County Playhouse.
Jessica, (Scenic Designer, NNPN Producer in Residence), has worked in theater as a set designer since 2003. NYC design credits include: Dan Lauria’s Dinner with the Boys at The Acorn Theater, Butler at 59E59 St. Theaters, The Housewives of Mannheim at 59E59 St. Theaters, and Jericho and Poetic License for The Director’s Company at 59E59 Theaters. Jessica has been the resident scenic designer for the New Jersey Repertory Company since 2009. Credits there include: & Juliet, The Jag, Mad Love, Happy, Broomstick, Swimming at the Ritz, and Noir. Other design include: Claire Went To France for Strange Dog Theater Company at Hamilton Stage, 37 Stones for Working Man’s Clothes, The Normals at Luna Stage and Bust, a short film by Dana B. Benningfield, directed by Duncan M. Rogers. In August she was made the NNPN Producer in Residence at the New Jersey Repertory Company and helped produce their week long All About Eve: Festival of the Arts. www.JessicaParksDesign.com
The Connecticut Chapter of LPTW is co-founded by state residents and members of the League of Professional Theatre Women Lauren Yarger (Broadway and Connecticut theater critic), Mary Miko, (Special Events Coordinator at Goodspeed), Tracey Moore (Educator, University of Hartford), and Marie Reynolds (Actress/Director/Producer). All women in Connecticut working in professional theater are invited to join the CT Chapter which holds events regionally throughout the year.
For this event, Members of the Connecticut Chapter are free. Members may bring one guest free of charge.
Non-members guests will pay $5 (CASH ONLY) at the door to help defray expenses.
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Easy to get to! Exit 14 N or 15 S off I-95N or 15 S off I-95