Wingspace Theatrical Design and XO Projects Present Free Salon on Survival and Prosperity in Summer Theater


Wingspace Theatrical Design in collaboration with XO Projects will present our first in-person show since the start of the pandemic on Summer Theater, How to Survive and Thrive on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 .

Wingspace members: Edward Morris, Barbara Samuels, Lee Savage and Nicole Slaven will discuss their experiences at various theaters including Williamstown, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass and Spoleto Festival USA. This panel will be held in person (outdoors, weather permitting) and will be followed by light drinks and bites.

Edward Morris is a live performance set and projection designer and sustainability advocate. He believes in the power of art and design to increase empathy and facilitate progressive social change. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Yale School of Drama, and a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. He has taught design and playwriting at Connecticut College and The New School. He is passionate about fostering conversations about design and activism and has hosted panel discussions for Wingspace Theatrical Design on: gender diversity in theatre, green role model making, trans/GNC representation in the arts of the stage, teaching to break down patriarchy, intellectual property in theatre, design pedagogy, production photography, sustainable production and the black experience in musical comedy, post 1865. He is passionate about conservation of our environment and co-author of The Sustainable Production Toolkit. He has lectured on sustainability at numerous universities and is a proud supporter of the Broadway Green Alliance.

Barbara Samuels is a queer lighting designer, organizer and producer residing on the unceded lands of Wappinger and Munsee Lenape. Barbara is committed to creating forward-thinking live events that prioritize generosity, fairness, representation and collaboration. Working nationally and internationally, Barbara collaboratively creates intimate and explosive lighting environments for new plays, opera and dance, aiming to unearth the human condition and awareness of our environment. Barbara received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for her lighting of the immersive sci-fi folk concert, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova). She has designed several OBIE award-winning plays including Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Great Lakes… (New Georges/WP Theatre) and Grimly Handsome (minor theatre). majority designer, discussion group on reading plays. She served as Managing Director of OBIE Award-winning 13P from 2008 to 2012. In 2016, in addition to being a member of the Target Margin Institute, The Interval named Barbara a Woman to Watch. Barbara holds a BA from Fordham University and an MA in Lighting Design from NYU. Proud member of USA Local 829. Artist affiliated with New Georges.

Lee Savage Broadway: The Lightning Thief (Longacre Theatre). Additional New York City credits include: Natural Shocks and Collapse (Woman’s Project), Surely Goodness and Mercy (Keen Company), Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage), Twelfth Night, X: Gold, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation and Julius Caesar (The Acting Company), The Lightning Thief (Lortel), Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (Mabou Mines), Satchmo at the Waldorf (Westside), Muscles in our Toes, Sunset Baby and Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth), Rx (Primary Stages), All-American (LCT3), The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground), Jack’s Precious Moment (P73), Oohrah! (Atlantic), The Bereaved (Partial Comfort), The Seagull (NAATCO), punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), End Days (EST), Go-Go Kitty Go! (NY Fringe Festival), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Company), The Private Lives of Eskimos and I Heart Kant (Committee Theater Company) and Harvest (La Mama). Regional credits include productions at: American Conservatory Theatre, Alliance, Asolo Representative, Baltimore Centerstage, Berkshire Theater Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Delaware Theater Company, Dorset Theater Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, Goodman, Guthrie , Huntington, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Merrimack Rep, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theater Company, Signature, Philadelphia Theater Company, PlayMakers Rep, Trinity Rep, Two River Theatre, Washington National Opera, Weston Playhouse, Wilma and Yale Rep. Lee is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award (Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (name), Richard III (name), NAACP Award (Satchmo at the Waldorf), Connecticut Critics Circle Award (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow), a da received nominations for the Irish Times Theater Award (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the Suzi Bass Award (Smart Cookie). Lee is a founding member eur of Wingspace Theatrical Design. He holds an MFA (Yale School of Drama), a BFA (Rhode Island School of Design) and is Head of Stage Design at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. .

Nicole Slaven is a costume designer and teaching artist from Chesapeake, Virginia. Nicole believes that the best theater is well done; born of an execution worthy of its intentions, worthy of the precious resources it costs. Activism and co-conspiracy are central to her artistic practice and she seeks to share space with others who want to create an industry worthy of our efforts and inclusive of diverse voices. Nicole chooses to collaborate with artists who pursue the improbable; without these alliances, his work would likely remain unchallenged and limited. She was fortunate enough to find employment as a designer at numerous educational, regional and off-Broadway institutions. She doesn’t feel defined by her broadcast credits or her award nominations, but rather by the solidarity created by these experiences that bridge cultural differences. Nicole is a proud participant in the Black Lives Matter and Abolish ICE movements and appreciates the time she has spent pursuing racial and social justice through Riders for Black Lives, a Brooklyn-based community support group. She received most of her training and knowledge through generous donations from our community and holds a BFA in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn with her partner Alejandro.

Wingspace is an organization of theater artists that encourages design conversations, strengthens our community, and fosters grassroots activism. Formed in 2005 and made up of over 60 designers, directors and playwrights, Wingspace examines the theatrical landscape from a design perspective. By sponsoring public events and workshops, nurturing early-career designers in our mentorship program, and hosting events for the wider design community, Wingspace creates opportunities for theater makers with a passion for design. to come together, learn from each other and grow together as a community. .


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