Irina Kruzhilina

I am a Russian-born, New York-based theatre artist working at the intersection of the visual arts, live performance and visual dramaturgy.

I am a part-time faculty member at the New School of Drama, a 2007 NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient, and current Target Margin Theatre Institute Fellow. Over the last 20 years I have designed costumes and sets for dozens of theatre, dance, opera, puppetry and installation performances. My work has been shown locally and globally from Times Square to Tokyo Disney, BAM, the Prague National Theatre, the NY Philharmonic and the Barbican Center. I have collaborated with acclaimed artists like Dmitry Krymov, Doug Fitch, Lars Jan, Geoff Sobelle, Karole Armitage and Mabou Mines.

My design philosophy embraces scenography as a creator of meaning and a protagonist of performance action. My focus is to exploit diverse scenographic practices in theatre to create visual overwhelming work with a profound effect on audiences. I believe that the visual aspect of theater is of fundamental importance for the impact of socially engaged theatre.

As an educator at academic institutions and conferences throughout the world, my work embraces collaborative artistic exchange among theatre makers from different backgrounds and encourages artists to investigate new paradigms in scenography and visual storytelling.

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