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I am a NYC-based set and costume designer interested in adventurous work that illuminates new perspectives on iconic pieces, imaginative work that is inherently theatrical, and by plays that seem “unproduceable” because they embrace the impossible. Finding creative solutions to “impossible” moments is part of the magic of design that excites me.

I believe that design is all about clarity of storytelling. Specific choices about the world and characters create context for the story and when done effectively help the audience comprehend and know what to focus on.  

My process is one of distillation - taking the story, characters, and dramaturgical, socio-political, and ideological ramifications the script reveals and finding the visual poetic essence that encapsulates  the high-level esoteric ideas and themes and translates that essence into intelligible choices.

I am drawn to the more expressionistic modes of storytelling inherent to theater and strive with each design to find innovative visual storytelling solutions that activate the audience's imagination because when activated they become directly involved in the story.

2021 USITT Scene Design Award
2022 World Stage Design Exhibitor
2023 Prague Quadrennial Exhibitor

UP NEXT: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Titusville Playhouse).

MFA Carnegie Mellon.

“When it comes to stagecraft and striking an artistic conversation with the audience, the production is groundbreaking. The techniques employed merge the elements of popular culture, consumerism, and materialism seamlessly.”

Alexander Fatouros (The Theater Times)

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I am a NYC-based set and costume designer interested in adventurous work that illuminates new perspectives on iconic pieces, imaginative work that is inherently theatrical, and by plays that seem “unproduceable” because they embrace the impossible.

Finding creative solutions to “impossible” moments is part of the magic of design that excites me. With every production, I invent storytelling solutions that create context, establish focus, and activate the audience's imagination.

Recently recognized with the 2021 USITT Scene Design Award and as a World Stage Design 2022 shortlisted exhibitor, Christian’s work spans musicals, plays, devised immersive productions, dance, and opera.

Recent credits include: Spamalot (Arizona Broadway Theater), Into the Woods (Lincoln Park PAC), The SpongeBob Musical (Titusville Playhouse), Othello (Nebraska Shakespeare), Chasing Andy Warhol (Bated Breath), Spelling Bee (EPIC Players), Afterwards (Pittsburgh Opera), Rusalka (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Game On (Pittsburgh CLO).

Up next: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Titusville Playhouse). MFA Carnegie Mellon.
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I am a NYC-based set and costume designer interested in adventurous work that illuminates new perspectives on iconic pieces, imaginative work that is inherently theatrical, and by plays that seem “unproduceable” because they embrace the impossible.

Finding creative solutions to “impossible” moments is part of the magic of design that excites me. With every production, I invent storytelling solutions that create context, establish focus, and activate the audience's imagination.

Recently recognized with the 2021 USITT Scene Design Award and as a World Stage Design 2022 shortlisted exhibitor, Christian’s work spans musicals, plays, devised immersive productions, dance, and opera.

Recent credits include: Spamalot (Arizona Broadway Theater), Into the Woods (Lincoln Park PAC), The SpongeBob Musical (Titusville Playhouse), Othello (Nebraska Shakespeare), Chasing Andy Warhol (Bated Breath), Spelling Bee (EPIC Players), Afterwards (Pittsburgh Opera), Rusalka (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Game On (Pittsburgh CLO).

Up next: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Titusville Playhouse). MFA Carnegie Mellon.
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I am a NYC-based set and costume designer interested in adventurous work that illuminates new perspectives on iconic pieces, imaginative work that is inherently theatrical, and by plays that seem “unproduceable” because they embrace the impossible.

Finding creative solutions to “impossible” moments is part of the magic of design that excites me. With every production, I invent storytelling solutions that create context, establish focus, and activate the audience's imagination.

Recently recognized with the 2021 USITT Scene Design Award and as a World Stage Design 2022 shortlisted exhibitor, Christian’s work spans musicals, plays, devised immersive productions, dance, and opera.

Recent credits include: Spamalot (Arizona Broadway Theater), Into the Woods (Lincoln Park PAC), The SpongeBob Musical (Titusville Playhouse), Othello (Nebraska Shakespeare), Chasing Andy Warhol (Bated Breath), Spelling Bee (EPIC Players), Afterwards (Pittsburgh Opera), Rusalka (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Game On (Pittsburgh CLO).

Up next: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Titusville Playhouse). MFA Carnegie Mellon.
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