Photo by Kate Raines

Photo by Kate Raines

What draws me to theater is the chance to collaborate and improvise with a director, other designers, a script, or an idea - to contribute to the creation of a living, breathing work of art. This is what is so vital about theater - it is immediate, inescapable, and alive. It is the process through which words on the page become an image, and then resolve to something in between. A successful piece lives in the room with you, it captivates all of your senses, but does not rely exclusively on any one image or moment. It creates an entire world into which the audience is invited. A successful design is one that supports and textures this world, and is seamlessly integrated into the life of the work. My work strives to support. To layer. To shift perspective and throw into relief. To expand and to clarify the story that the piece wants to tell. It is a thrilling experience to be a part of this unique form of storytelling.

Oona Curley is a lighting and scenic designer from New York City. She has designed in New York (ArsNova, The Cherry Lane, Joe's Pub, Columbia Stages, JACK, La MaMa, M34 Productions, The New Ohio, NYU/Tisch, Theater for the New City), Philadelphia (The Arden Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Inis Nua Theatre Co., Team Sunshine Performance Co., Theater Horizon, FringeArts, Shakespeare in Clark Park, anonymous bodies, Carbon Dance Theatre), and Providence (Brown/Trinity Rep, Gamm Theater, Perishable Theatre, Brown University). Oona received her MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, and was NYU's nominee for a Princess Grace Award. She holds a BA from Brown University, where her designs earned the Zonta Award for Theatre Arts and the Weston Award for Theatre Design. Oona is an associate artist with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia and a staff designer at Joe's Pub.