CalArts Scene Design Portfolio Fall 2019

Scene Design Program

25 Examples of production work and design, as well as drawings.

  • Pieces that demonstrate photographic and/or graphic skill.

  • Fine art work, sculptures, models, or photographic documentation of the aforementioned.

  • Documentation of fully realized original work through video, photographs, scripts, and storyboards, as well as documentation of works-in-progress.

  • Architectural drawings, textile work, performance art, and video work are also welcome.

(Lysistrata) Theoretical Design

Lysistrata is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC. It is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex.

Inspired by stuffed fiber materials that express comfort, home, femininity, and bodily figures.


(Jiang Qing and Her Husbands) Theoretical Design

Jiang Qing and Her Husbands is a Chinese historical play written by Sha Yexin in 1990. The play follows Jiang Qing from a young actress in the 1930s to the most powerful Chinese woman in the 1970s, focusing on her relationships with the many men in her life including Mao Zedong. The play draws comparisons between Jiang Qing and one of her best-known acting roles, Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. 

I Am Chairman Mao's Bitch! is the Canadian adaptation title


(Doctor Faustus Lights the Light) Theoretical Design

Doctor Faustus Lights the Light is by the American modernist playwright and poet Gertrude Stein written in 1938. Doctor Faustus had sold his soul to the devil to learn how to make electric lights.

Inspired by scientific research in a power cell from Algae as a new source for electricity.


(Rhinoceros) Theoretical Design

Rhinoceros is a play by Eugène Ionesco, written in 1959. The Theatre of the Absurd. The inhabitants of a small French town turn into rhinoceroses; ultimately the only human who does not succumb to this mass metamorphosis is the central character. The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazis during the events preceding World War II, and explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, and mob mentality.

Taking inspiration from animal fighting arenas, mosh pits, cathedral paintings, Neo-Nazi punk rock scenes and Japanese science fiction Kaiju monsters.

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Documentation of Theater Design

Tenor By Night @ El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, CA 2018

Producer / Casting Director / Scenic, Projection, Props, & Mannequin Costume Designer

a new musical Written, Composed, and Directed by James Chiao, Lighting Design by Shara Abvabi, Sound Design by Cricket Myers, Costume Design by Coleen Chan

photography by Walter Zhou, Amy Gu, and Ed Krieger


Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble's Uncle Vanya @ Reed College, Portland, OR 2018

Props Designer/ Set dresser

Directed by Cristi Miles, Scenic Design by Peter Ksander, Costume Design by Jenny Ampersand, Lighting Design by Miranda Hardy

photography by Owen Carey and Peter Ksander


Philip's Glass Menagerie with Coho's Clown Cohort @ Coho Theatre, Portland, OR 2018

Scenic, Costume, and Props Designer

Directed by Philip Cuomo, Lighting Design by Kevin Young

photography by Neverland Images


 Performance Art

n.b. (music video)
Music: Ashlin Aronin

Director, Editor, and Designer: Amy Chiao
Cast: Sarah Gomez, Jake Simonds, Denzel Mendoza
Director of Photography: Mark Ruskamp
Camera: Marie Biondolillo, Ross Brackett, Jim Lowry
Costume Assistants: Laura Wade, Chloe Cooper, Molly Knox, Claire Corneal
Makeup Artists: Jenna VanFleteren, Chloe Cooper
Filmed at Open Signal, Portland Community Media