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Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Christopher Herold, Continuing Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Director of Program, Summer Training Intensive, American Conservatory Theater, UC Berkeley

Nina Ball, Award-winning Set Designer, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Players


Christopher Herold and Nina Ball, director and designer for the fall 2017 TDPS production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, will explore upon their process and decisions in bringing this  work of literature to the stage-- how they visualized Zimmerman’s fantastic world where the human and the divine collide and where actors perform in a large pool of water.

Christopher Herold is a Continuing Lecturer at the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Director of Program, Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. In Berkeley, his directing credits include productions of Our Town, Sauce For the Goose, and The Crucible. Locally, he has appeared in roles at venues including the Aurora Theatre, The Magic, Central Works, and Yerba Buena Gardens.

Nina Ball is a Scenic and Costume Designer whose designs have been seen at American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company, and much more. Her recent awards include SFBCC awards for her designs of My Fair Lady at San Francisco Playhouse, a Broadway World San Francisco Award for Care of Trees at Shotgun Players, and an Arty Awards for her design of Eurydice at Solano College Theatre. In addition to theatre, she has worked on numerous film, TV and commercial productions locally and in LA.