In the video below, FEED chats to set designer Mimi Lien about her approach to design. Mimi has worked at Soho Rep three times, on A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY by Lucas Hnath, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION…by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and born bad by debbie tucker green. In this short slide show, Mimi speaks about how her background in architecture informs her unique environmental design style and use of space.
Mimi Lien is a designer of sets and environments for theater, dance, and opera. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company and The Civilians. For Soho Rep: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… and born bad. Other recent work includes: The Dance and the Railroad (Signature); Luck of the Irish (Lincoln Center); Zero Cost House (Pig Iron); Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova); and The Whale (Playwrights Horizons). Regionally, her work has been presented at Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., Wilma Theater, Longwharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theatre, and Playmakers Rep, among others. Mimi’s designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands and Russia, and she was a semifinalist in the Ring Award competition for opera design in Graz, Austria. Her work has been recognized by an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, a Barrymore Award, four Barrymore nominations, a Hewes Design Award nomination, and Bay Area Critics Circle nomination. She was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, a MacDowell Colony fellow, and her sculptures were featured in the exhibition, LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.