#91 Arnulfo Maldonado

Today we are sitting down with Scenic (and occasional Costume) Designer Arnulfo Maldonado! Arnulfo takes us through the creation of some of his recent designs including ‘A Strange Loop’, the first regional production of ‘Indecent’ at the Guthrie, his Lortel winning design for MTC’s ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ and his cornfield surround for ‘Bobbie Clearly.’ He tells us why he is attracted to the “magic of a void” and how his designs often become the distillation of many ideas into one strong visual. He also has great stories about working on Ursula’s tentacles as an assistant of George Tsypin’s on ‘The Little Mermaid’ and how Peter Sellers became obsessed with his model figures. And he takes us through an entire design process from reading the script to the final design and the various tools he uses. He’s one of the hottest set designers in New York with shows on nearly every major Off-Broadway stage and today he is talking to us!

Arnulfo Maldonado is a New York City based set and costume designer. Notable design credits include A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), School Girls, Or; The African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater), The Carpenter (Alley Theater),  Men On Boats (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons), and IOWA (Playwrights Horizons); the NY premieres Charm (MCC Theater), Caught (The Play Company); and Grounded (Page 73); the U.S. premiere Generations (Soho Rep); the regional premieres of Indecent (Guthrie Theater),  An Octoroon (Berkeley Rep), and Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company).

New York credits include shows at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, The Flea Theater, Foundry Theater, 59East59, Guggenheim Museum, The Juilliard School, MCC Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Public Theater, Soho Rep.

Regional credits include shows at Baltimore Center Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Berkeley Rep, Central City Opera, Cleveland Play House, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Peak Performances, Perseverance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Studio Arena, Two River Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival.

He has exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, the international exhibition of scenography and theatre architecture. Arnulfo is a Lucille Lortel winner for Sugar in Our Woods, a Henry Hewes Design nominee, the recipient of a Princess Grace Theater Fellowship (Faberge Theater Award) and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Department of Design for Stage and Film.