Photo of Mimi Lien by Tess Mayer.

Fictional Architecture: Design Studio for Performance

“I became a theater designer because I wanted to stay in architecture school.” - Mimi Lien
This practice-based course explores the narrative and dramatic potential of three-dimensional space–the intersection of architecture and performance. We will examine how the character and content of a designed space impacts viewers and participants, and how design becomes a container/counterpart for performance, or is itself a performance. How can the experience of space transgress traditional narrative models? In this workshop, students will generate a series of design projects inspired by works of fiction, visual art, and performance.
Mimi Lien is a Tony-, Obie-, and Bessie-winning designer. The first scenic designer to receive a Macarthur “Genius” Award, Lien creates sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. Lien’s designs have appeared on and off Broadway, at the Park Avenue Armory, St Ann’s Warehouse, BAM, Staatsoper Berlin, and across the United States. She is co-founder of JACK in Brooklyn and resident designer at BalletTech. In 2019, she conceived and created Superterranean, a new work of visual theater, with her longtime collaborators at Pig Iron.

Theater-makers expanding their concepts of design; visual artists and architects moving into performance; writer-directors and performer-creators who want to think hard about Space.

Thursday, November 5: 1:00pm-3:30pm
Monday, November 9: 1:00-3:30pm
Thursday, November 12: 1:00-3:30pm
Monday, November 16: 1:00-3:30pm
Thursday, November 19: 1:00-3:30pm

All times listed in US Eastern Standard Time.