This week’s guest is Projection Designer Peter Nigrini! Peter is currently represented on Broadway with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and he takes us through the process of creating over 4000 pieces of video content and how he blended reality with artistry in creating the social media pages that make up the bulk of the projected content. He and Cory also discuss how a projection designer prepares for tech, how to prepare a director for the process of working with projections, why where the projection tech table is located matters, and how he came to join the creative team of ‘If/Then’ as the show was reconceived for the National Tour. And Peter muses on how the world of Instagram has turned every casual photographer with a phone into a content creator, using imagery to tell a story and shape a narrative Enjoy!
Peter Nigrini’s Broadway design credits include Dear Evan Hansen, The Heidi Chronicles, An Act of God, The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5 and Say Goodnight Gracie. Other designs include: If/Then (National Tour), The Spongebob Musical (Chicago Pre-Broadway), Dear Evan Hansen, (2nd Stage Theater, Arena Stage), Here Lies Love (The Public Theater / Royal National Theatre-London), Amelié (Berkeley Rep) Grounded (The Public Theater) Invisible Thread (2nd Stage Theatre) Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theater Workshop; McCarter Theatre Center), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, (2nd Stage Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center), Notes from Underground (Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Theater for a New Audience), Grace Jones’ – Hurricane Tour (Hollywood Bowl, Hammerstein Ballroom), Rent (New World Stages), Elsewhere (BAM), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (New York City Opera), Blind Date (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance) and The Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center Festival).
Peter is a founding member of the Obie award-winning theater company, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, for which he has designed scenery, costumes, lighting and projection for No Dice (Soho Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Salzburger Festspiele) and Life and Times (Burgtheater, Vienna) among others. Awards Include the first ever Drama Desk for Outstanding Projection Design and the 2013 Hewes Design Award for Here Lies Love, and a Special Lortel Award for Grounded.