This week’s new episode is brought to you by babbling brooks, buzzing bees, and chirping birds as we come to you live from Vermont with Scenic Designer Kristen Robinson. Kristen feels right at home in the country and she tells us how growing up in rural Ohio in an artistic family shaped her life as designer. She and Cory chat about taking time off from work, saying yes or no to jobs, her favorite part of the process and why the answer might be to simply “float it and tilt it.” She tells us about her process of designing two shows for Weston Playhouse’s unconventional second space and why a set isn’t complete until there are bodies in it. Pour some maple syrup, pull up a rocking chair and join us on the back porch for some down home fun!
Kristen Robinson is a New York based set designer, born in the wilds of Ohio, she was raised by a family of visual artists. Her work ranges from experimental opera, to regional theatre, and everything in between. Trained both in theatre and painting she constantly looking to re-imagine her own visual narrative of design, and the story of the human spirit. Select New York Credits include Three Translations of Uncle Vanya: Acts 1&2 (The Invisible Dog), Old Paper Houses (Irondale Theatre Center), Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera at Abrons Art Center), All That Dies and Rises (M-34), Jen Shyu’s Solo Rites: 7 Breaths (Roulette), He Ate Quietly Into the Wall (The New Ohio) and Camp Kappawanna (The Atlantic Theater Company)
Select Regional Credits Include: And a Nightingale Sang, The Liar, Nora (Westport Country Playhouse), Rapture Blister Burn (The Wilma Theater), American Night the Ballad of Juan Jose (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Princess Play’s 2&1 (New Haven, site specific project), Engaged! (Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival), Equus (New Edgecliff Theatre), (Bard College, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts), My Friend’s Story (International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven)
She holds her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and in 2013 received a Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship: Pierre Cardin Award, her work on Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine.