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Illuminations

  • Illuminations Blog: Dina El-Aziz: Costume Design is Not for the Undecided

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | March 11, 2020I met Dina El-Aziz through a mutual friend online. Dina El-Aziz is a British-Egyptian Costume Designer, currently residing in New York. A graduate of the Design for Stage and Film MFA program at NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Dina has worked on theatre productions in NYC, and regionally in the US. Her most recent […] Read More...
  • Vianey Salazar: Navigating POC Politics in Production

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | January 13, 2020When I designed for The Last Five Years at Portland Stage last spring, I met Vianey Salazar who programmed lights for me. Vianey Salazar (vya-NAY sah-lah-ZARR) is a Mexican lighting designer and electrician who was born in Chicago and raised in Texas. She received a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from Illinois Wesleyan University and has worked […] Read More...
  • The Art of Blackness: Sound Design for the Culture

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | November 13, 2019I met Derek Graham when he was the resident sound designer/engineer at PlayMakers Repertory Company on Skeleton Crew, for which I designed lights. Derek Graham is a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer based in North Carolina. A native of Queens, NY, Derek holds a MFA in Sound Design from Ohio University. His sound design and composition works include: Redwood (Portland Center Stage at the Armory), Your Healing is Killing Me and Bewilderness (PlayMakers Repertory Company: PRC2 Series); The Passion of Teresa Rae King, A Raisin in the Sun, and Beautiful Star (Triad Stage); Believe in Cleveland (Karamu House); and Wakey Wakey, An Octoroon (Dobama Theatre). Derek has recently co-founded a multi-media design company with his wife, Jessica called Life by Design Media & Productions, recently launching the first episode of the new podcast series What’s the Law? Ask John Eluwa.  Read More...
  • Christopher Scott Murillo: Storytelling Through Scenic Design

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | September 12, 2019I was introduced to Christopher Scott Murillo through a mutual friend. We also work on the USA829 diversity committee together. Christopher Scott Murillo is a scenic designer, artist, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, his work has been seen at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, International City Theatre, The Chance Theater, Skylight Theatre Company, East West Players, New Village Arts Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry, The El Portal Theatre, and the Getty Villa, among many others.  Read More...
  • Tara Houston: Navigating Mixed-Race Identity

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | July 10, 2019While interviewing designers from the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval 2018, Porsche McGovern met Tara A. Houston and wanted to learn more about her. Houston is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Louisiana State University as well as a freelance scenic designer. Her design work has been featured at Swine Palace, Skylight Music Theatre, Casa Mañana Theatre, Ocala Civic Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, and others. Read More...
  • Asa Benally: Costume Design & Heritage

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | May 10, 2019Last fall, I met Asa Benally at a workshop, Decolonizing and Indigenizing on Turtle Island: Arts, Education, Community Practice, and Leadership. I was lucky enough to be paired with him for a few one-on-one exercises and was excited to get the chance to interview him. Read More...
  • Pablo Santiago: When Storytelling is Central

    Ross Jackson | Illuminations | April 11, 2019Pablo Santiago is a Los Angeles-based lighting designer originally from Chiapas Mexico. Pablo and I met on the production of Skeleton Crew at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Read More...
  • Lucrecia Briceno: Diversity Through the Lens of an Immigrant

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | March 13, 2019I met Lucrecia Briceño for the first time at a Wingspace salon on race in theatre design a few years ago. Since then, I’ve had the great joy of having honest and deep conversations with her on issues that really matter. Read More...
  • Kris Julio: Intentional Intersectionality Through Props

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | January 10, 2019I was introduced to Kris Julio through a mutual close friend via the Internet. Kris Julio is the Assistant Professor for Stage Properties in the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His professional experience includes work with Triad Stage, Majestic Scenic, Santa Fe Opera, National Black Theater Festival, Peppercorn Children’s Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Conservatory Theater, and Contemporary American Theater Festival. With NETworks Presentations, Julio traveled as head of props for the national tours of Memphis the Musical and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Julio has a B.A. in theater arts from UC Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. in stage properties from UNCSA. Read More...
  • Johanna Pan: Simply Awesome and No, You Can’t Hire Her… Yet

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | November 8, 2018I met Johanna Pan years ago when we were designing a show together in New York. Johanna is a Scenic & Costume Designer, currently based in New York. After working professionally for four years, she chose to go back to school and get an M.F.A from New York University in Design for Stage and Film. Read More...
  • Danielle Preston: Costume Design & Identity

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | September 7, 2018I met Danielle Preston through a Facebook group. Danielle Preston is a freelance costume designer based in Washington DC. Danielle has designed for The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Theater for Young Audiences, The Lincoln Center, Theater J, Triad Stage, Theater Alliance DC, 1st Stage, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Bristol Valley Theater. Danielle was a recipient of the William R. Kenan Jr. Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Center in Costume Design and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship in Costume Design Education. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and United Scenic Artists Local 829. She holds a BA in Theater Production from Meredith College and an MFA in Costume Design from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Read More...
  • ConeXion! 2018 Carnaval of Latinx Works – The Designers Cohort

    Porsche McGovern | Illuminations | August 22, 2018The 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Latinx Work, hosted at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, in July was a showcase for six new plays by Latinx playwrights and for Latinx theatre artists, including directors, dramaturgs, actors, and artists. This year, 12 Latinx designers were invited to participate in both the new play development process and all the events of the convening, as the first featured designers cohort. They were set designers Efren Delgadillo, Jr., Tara A. Houston, and Mariana Sanchez; costume designers Raquel Barreto, Courtney Flores, and Carolyn Mazuca; lighting designers Mextly Almeda, Tom Ontiveros, and Pablo Santiago; and sound designers Corinne Carrillo, Luis Guerra, and David R. Molina. After they attended the Carnaval, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the designers as well as Abigail Vega, the Latinx Theatre Commons producer. Read More...
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