Theoretical Designs2022-2024
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith

Selected Characters: Jack the Narrator and The Giant, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin,
The Stinky Cheese Man and Sly Fox

Design Statement: This story book draws from classic fairy tale stories but with a humorous and unsettling twist. I wanted to take this one step further with adapting this book into a play. Scale is emphasized in this adaptation by using puppetry and masked performers. Heavily influenced by Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland 2007 Opera, this show is full of horror, fantasy, and humor.

Research Images for Jack the Narrator
Prelim Sketches for Jack the Narrator
Prelim Sketch for The Giant
Research Images for The Giant
Final Designs for Jack the Narrator and The Giant
Research Images for Cinderella
Prelim Sketch for Cinderella
Research Images for Rumpelstiltskin
Prelim Sketch for Rumpelstiltskin
Final Designs for Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin
Research Images for The Stinky Cheese Man
Prelim Sketches for The Stinky Cheese Man
Research Images for Sly Fox
Prelim Sketch for Sly Fox
Final Designs for The Stinky Cheese Man and Sly Fox

Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván

Selected Characters: The Heroes and Villians

Design Statement: After her son is killed by a police officer, Sabrina enters into a state of depression. She transports herself into a different world to try and deal with these emotions. Grief and the imagery of her being covered in her own son’s blood was my leading thread in designing this show. Because Sabrina has seen her son’s dead body, I wanted to capture the horrors of the images in her mind as she enters the comic book world that her son loved.

Maasai Angel Research Image
Black Superman Research Image
Initial Collage
Human Hyena Research Image
Lady Vulture Research Image
Initial Sketches
Death Tap Research Image
Deep Thinker Research Image
Black Superman and Massai Angel Final Designs
Death Tap and Deep Thinker Final Designs
Human Hyena and Lady Vulture Final Designs

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Selected Characters: The Band and The Witches

Design Statement: Macbeth centers around corruption of power and unchecked ambition. In a modern day where we look to celebrities as moral leaders, often fame and power can drive a person to have toxic morals.

In this verison of Macbeth, power is explored through the struggles of addiction and absuing fame as a metalhead figure as well as how women are made to navigate this male dominated field.  

Space Research with Stage Sketch
Space Research with Battle Sketch
Macbeth On Stage Look Final Desgin
Research Images for Macbeth
Macbeth Off Stage Look Final Design
King Duncan Onstage Look Final Design
Malcolm Onstage Look Final Design
Research Images for King Duncan and his band
Research Image for Witch 2
Space Research The Witches Meeting Area
Research Image for Witch 1
Research Image for Witch 3
Witch 3 Final Design
Witch 1 Final Design
Witch 2 Final Design

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka

Selected Characters: Kiku and Hiroko

Design Statement: Can you ever know the truth of another person? Can you ever know the truth of what happened? Can you trust your perceptive faculties? These are all questions the playwright, Naomi Iizuka, poses about her work. These questions speak strongly to this play which discuss desire, perception, and the mystery of time. 

These are the main ideas that directed me throughout this design process. The imagery of the play speaks to these ideas through the images of Hiroko, photographs, cicadas, mirrors, and so on. I wanted to explore how these two time periods connect and how to start to answer these questions the playwright poses.

Research Images for Kiku
Research Images for Hiroko
Hiroko Final Design
Kiku Final Design
Hiroko/Kiku Final Design
Mock Draper Packet For Kiku