The podcast returns this week with set designer Wilson Chin! Wilson has created beautiful sets for theatres across the country and he and Cory discuss many of those designs including ‘Othello’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the Old Globe, ‘My Mañana Comes’ at The Playwrights Realm and his current design for ‘By the Water’ at Manhattan Theatre Club. Hear Wilson talk about the tricks to making intricately detailed interiors onstage, why he likes ceilings in his sets, and how a background in architecture led to his current career. He also discusses the influences of his mentors like Santo Loquasto, Michael Yeargan, and Riccardo Hernandez and Cory and Wilson debate the merits of hand drafting vs. computer drafting and why drawing directly on your computer screen may not be the best idea.
Wilson Chin designed the critically-acclaimed Broadway play Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts directed by Sheryl Kaller. He made his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Lucia di Lammermoor and Canadian Opera Company with A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi (Dora Award winner, Outstanding Set Design), both directed by Catherine Malfitano.
New York credits at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, Avery Fisher Hall, HERE, Manhattan Theatre Club, Naked Angels, New World Stages, Playwrights Realm, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre and TACT. Regional credits include designs for ACT, Asolo Rep, Barrington Stage, Central City Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cleveland Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Indiana Rep, The Old Globe, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, The Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, TheatreWorks, Trinity Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Rep.
Wilson served as an associate/assistant designer to Santo Loquasto on nineteen productions including Broadway productions of Glengarry Glen Ross, Three Days of Rain, Shining City, and The Times They Are A-Changin’, and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera. Other Broadway credits include Fela!, The Bridges of Madison County, 110 in the Shade, Inherit the Wind and Caroline, or Change.
He has been a guest at Barnard College, The New School, Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Yale University. He received his BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.