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quarta-feira, julho 08, 2009

The Education of a Set Designer

Allen Moyer, ever the keen observer, finds inspiration for his aesthetic vision wherever he looks — as JULIE CONNELLY discovers.

Few people start out knowing that they want to design sets for the opera. Scene designer Allen Moyer had planned to become a scientist but was done in by the required college chemistry courses. By default, he began taking classes in dramatic literature and started reading a lot of plays. Gradually, he realized he wanted a career in the theater, but he wasn't sure whether his future lay in directing or design. After he earned an MFA degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in his late twenties, however, his path was set. Too restless to be cooped up in rehearsal rooms helping actors and singers develop their characters, he chose scene design and the opportunity it brought to work on his own. His designs have appeared in celebrated productions at New York City Opera, the Met, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Seattle Opera and Houston Grand Opera. His deconstruction of the Beale manse in the musical Grey Gardens was just one of the many efforts that earned him an Obie for sustained excellence in set design in 2006.


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