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My Story

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I returned to Chicago in September 2010 and I now work all over the city. I am a company member with the Griffin Theatre and on staff as Technical Director at Lifeline Theatre.

My design work is very much focused on the impact stage design has on performers, how they interact with each other, with objects and of course with the audience. To control the actor-actor-audience relationship in space is one of my main goals in designing any piece. I believe in actor-based performance, and I believe in stage design the impacts the performers' actions in ways that will be fruitful to the furthering of a story or idea.

I draw my influences from artists whose work I find captures the distillation of an idea into simple strokes, like Japanese calligraphy. I am a great admirer of the work of my university professors Dan Ostling and Todd Rosenthal, and artists as different as Clyfford Still and Egon Schiele.

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 I grew up in South Africa in a family of two painters, two graphic designers and three ballet dancers and am proud to continue this creative legacy as a set designer here in Chicago.

I studied design at Northwestern Univesrity with Dan Ostling, Todd Rosenthal, Linda Roethke and Virgil Johnson, doubling my theatre studies with art history. After graduating I spent two years (2009-2010) living in London, UK, working mainly on the technical side for great small houses like The Almeida, The Gate Theatre and The Bush Theatre as well as designing 2 shows at The Finborough.

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