In this workshop, Monica Raya will share a methodology to sketch scenic designs by collecting samples of spaces, and groups of objects, that may be found in the real world. Participants will use the camera on their phone, tablet or digital device, as well as any app of the participant’s choice, that allows for photo editing and manipulation. The purpose of the workshop is to awaken participants to audacious design strategies and to share visual experiments committed to speculation and curiosity.
Workshop Leader Biography:
Scenographer born in Mexico City, she attended her first Scenic Design Master Class in Wales in 1989 under the supervision of British designers: John Bury, Patrick and Rosemary Vercoe and Arianne Gastambide. She graduated as an architect at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1990, and she got her M.F.A at the Yale School of Drama in 1993.
While living in the U.S.A, she worked for the Source Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Puertorrican Travelling Theatre and as a resident scenic designer for the Gala Hispanic Theatre. Back in Mexico in 1995, she became a full-time professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has designed sets, costumes and lights for more than 120 productions in more than 30 different venues. She has also worked as an artistic director, art director and scenic director
She has been acknowledged with several awards and distinctions, such as Jóvenes creadores 1996-97, Distinción Universidad Nacional 2000 for artistic achievement and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in 2008 and 2013. She´s been recognized by the World Stage Design with several distinctions such as the Gold Medal for Costume Design in 2005 and the Outstanding Scenographer award in 2009. Her work has been exposed on the Mexican Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennials of 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Since 2016 she has worked as part of the selection committee, as well as tutor of the Jóvenes creadores program.
As researcher she has participated in numerous colloquiums and symposiums concerning performance and scenic design, organized by international institutes such as the The International Federation for Theatre Research (Stockholm, 2016) and The Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2016). She recently participated in the ArtSearch International Symposium that took place in the University of Witwatersrand celebrated during 2017 in Johannesburg.
In November of 2017 she was elected Academic Coordinator of the Colegio de Literatura Dramática y Teatro de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
She is currently writing a dissertation to defend her doctoral thesis called Performing Spatiality: Alternative thinking for Scenography at Aalto University in Finland.
12 06 2019 10:00—18:00
Where DAMU R213/214