Collaborative Process: The Designer/Director Relationship with Ming Cho Lee and Constance Hoffman

At the Kennedy Center, July 20-August 3, 2008.

Eight scenic and eight costume designers will work at the Kennedy Center with designers Ming Cho Lee and Constance Hoffman in collaboration with eight resident directors.
This rigorous master class will focus on the designer/director relationship by exploring project work selected from Shakespeare, the Greeks and Opera.

The full process- from discussion to research to thumbnails to sketches to modeling- will be practically explored in the Kennedy Center Design Studio  
            Class times: 
            9:30am-6:30pm Daily
            Day off- Sunday, July 22nd
            8 scenic designers, made up of faculty and students, will be accepted.
            8 costume designers, made up of faculty and students, will be accepted.
            8 directors, made up of faculty and students, will be accepted.
            $900 for the master class
            $850 for faculty or students from KCACTF participating institutions
            $800 for faculty and students whose home institutions are offering scholarship or professional development support, at any level, for this opportunity
            $30 materials fee
            Housing information will be available in the early spring. Prices start at $45 per night.
            To Apply:
            -A letter stating and detailing your motivation for participating in the master class
            -A resume detailing your design and related experience
            -Up-to six color Xeroxes or digital photos from your portfolio offering a strong representative view of your body of work
            -A letter stating and detailing your motivation for participating in the master class
            -A resume detailing your directing and related experience
            -A one-page discussion of the play that's at the top of your directing wish list. Why? How would you approach it?
            Send to: ghenry@kennedy-center.org (preferred) Or to: KCACTF Design, The Kennedy Center, PO Box 101510, Arlington, VA 22210 by: Friday, April 4th.

Accepted participants will be notified by May 2.(Early submission and acceptance notification may be possible if applicants' home institutions have early professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire at the e-mail address above)

The Teachers:
Ming Cho Lee is one of the foremost set designers in America today. His extensive credits include work in opera, dance, and theatre. Born in Shanghai, Mr. Lee attended Occidental College. He has worked with many leading dance companies, including Martha Graham, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet, Jose Limon, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. From 1962 through 1973, he was the principal designer for Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. He has designed sets for several opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has also designed for theatre groups including Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, and for Broadway. Internationally, Mr. Lee has designed productions for Covent Garden, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Colon, Royal Danish Ballet, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Taipei), the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and Buhnen Graz (Austria). His numerous Awards and distinctions include a Tony Award, New York Drama Desk and New York and Los Angeles Outer Circle Critics Awards add Ovation Award (Los Angeles), three honorary doctorates, awards for long-term achievement from 6 major theatre and opera organizations, the Mayor's Award  for Arts and Culture from New York City, and induction to the Theatre Hall of Fame. His work was shown recently in a retrospective at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts  and at the National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan. As an architectural consultant, Mr. Lee designed theatres for Joseph Papp's Public Theatre and the State University of New York at Purchase. He holds the Donald Oenslager chair in Design and is co-chair of the design department at the Yale School of Drama.
Recent designs include: Lorenzaccio for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Stuff Happens for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Romeo and Juliet for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Enigma Variations for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Savoy Theatre in London, The Hollow Lands for Southcoast Rep, Ah, Wilderness! for The Guthrie Theater and the Guthrie on Tour, A Touch of the Poet, The Faraway Nearby, Uncle Vanya and the revival of K2 for Arena Stage, The Woman Warrior for the Center Theatre Group, As You Like It and The Joy Luck Club for the Long Wharf, Waiting for Godot and A Winter's Tale for the Stratford Festival, A Comedy of Errors, Heartbreak House and Othello for Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Cherry Orchard for  South Coast Rep., Macbeth, Mourning Becomes Electra, King John, Peer Gynt, The  Merchant of Venice and Don Carlos for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., both parts of Angels in America and Guys and Dolls for the Dallas Theatre  Center, The Notebook of Trigorin for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Long Day's Journey Into Night for Arizona Theatre Company, A Christmas Carol for McCarter Theatre, Death  of a Salesman and A Touch of the Poet for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Silver Lining for Pacific Northwest Ballet,  the opera Rashomon for Buhnen Graz, Burning the Juniper Branches and Portrait of the Families for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

CONSTANCE HOFFMAN: Recent designs include The Shakespeare Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream;  The Alley Theatre Hamlet, Treasure Island, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Broadway: The Green Bird with Julie Taymor (Tony nomination and Outer Critics Circle Award); Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Richard II, Richard III, Measure for Measure and Henry IV-Parts 1, 2 and 3 at Theatre For a New Audience; Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3 at The Public Theatre; Tiny Alice at The Second Stage; Peter Pan, The Investigation, An Ideal Husband, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Day of Absence at The Center Stage (Baltimore); Richard III, Tiny Alice and Seascape at The Hartford Stage; and Six Degrees of Separation at The Guthrie. She has designed for numerous opera companies, including Glimmerglass/New York City Opera, Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Oper Frankfurt, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The New Israeli Opera, The Minnesota Opera and The Portland Opera. She holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and was awarded the Theatre Development Fund Irene Sharaf Young Master Award in 2001. Constance recently designed Bette Midler's Brass tour.