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Paule Constable’s Design Process: A Painterly Approach to Lighting and Language

Paule Constable knows when she’s working at her best: “I’m happiest when the lighting and the emotional language of a piece become one.”The UK resident has been a key creative designer on several of this year’s most lauded productions and recently the proud recipient of the 2011 Tony (R) Award for Best Lighting of A Play for WAR HORSE (Lincoln Center Theatre).

She made her mark in 1992 with a groundbreaking design for Theatre de Complicite’s STREET OF CROCODILES, the first show lit by a woman at the National Theater, which toured the world. In 2005, after years of nominations, she became the first female lighting designer to win the Olivier Award (HIS DARK MATERIALS, National Theater) and promptly made it a triple, winning again in 2006 for DON CARLOS (West End), then again in 2009 for THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse).

“My approach is about telling the story,” she says. “I work between the director and the designer to realise the world of both. My job is to create an image out of darkness and then add light for the actors. That painterly approach has influenced a generation of theater artists. What I love most is watching actors rehearse. All I do is heighten the architecture around them to release what they can do.”

Please check the blog in mid-July to hear a podcast of Paule on TheatreNow!



Paule Constable to appear on TheatreNow!

Paule Constable is the 2011 Tony (R) Award winner for Best Lighting Design for a Play for WAR HORSE, now playing at Lincoln Center Theater. She has agreed to be our next guest on TheatreNow!

Based in the UK, Paule will be the first lighting designer to appear on the podcast. Brava, Paule. We look forward to hearing from you.



The Anthropologists develop “ANOTHER PLACE” at HERE in NYC

One of the many programs which Kristin Marting runs is the Spring Artist Lodge at HERE, where she serves as the Artistic Director. Kristin gave a fascinating interview on Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! in Season One.

I am pleased to have been introduced to an emerging theatre company called The Anthropologists, which recently completed a full production at the Spring Artist Lodge. Their devised piece called ANOTHER PLACE was written and directed by Melissa F. Moschitto. Most amazingly, they spent only $15 on the costumes. Some of the pieces shown to me by costume designer Christina Kim? An apron made of wallpaper and a necklace made of plastic bags sourced from a takeout lunch. The entire design budget (lights, set, costumes) was $500, almost entirely using repurposed and recycled goods.

(Photo credits: Kim-Nora Moses)

Here is a short statement by Melissa, who is also The Anthropologists’ Artistic Director, on the development of ANOTHER PLACE.

“The performance-in-process at HERE was an incredibly successful exploration of character, story and design elements. Over the course of the five weeks of development the script changed tremendously thanks to the inquisitive and generous nature of the acting ensemble. We worked to both condense the scope of the subject matter and characters (based on our Spring 2010 exploratory workshop), while enriching characters with a lot of detail. We also gave ourselves space to test out potential characters and storylines as well as ideas related to choreography and movement. We’ll now take a close look at what was successful and what might not make it to the next draft. Our next steps will include further development in Fall 2011 with workshops focused on script development and movement and dance. We’ll be looking to involve the audience in less formal but more intimate ways. We’re also building partnerships with scientific organizations to augment our research as well as environmental and community organizations with whom to develop free theatre-based workshops surrounding themes in the play. The ultimate goal will be a full production in early 2012.” – Melissa F. Moschitto