Women Designers Of Boundless Theatre Company Among Recipients Of The 2019 Edith Lutyens And Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund Grant
On January 10th, A.R.T./NY named Boundless Theatre Company (María-Cristina Fusté, Executive Artistic Director) one of the 2019 recipients of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund Grant! This grant was awarded to enhance the design of Boundless' upcoming production of Fur by Migdalia Cruz, directed by Elena Araoz. Three women designers of color - costume designer Sarita Fellows, scenic designer Regina García, and lighting designer María-Cristina Fusté - will use the grant funding to more fully realize their artistic vision for the production.
Fur, Cruz's provocative tragi-comedy, reframes classic folktale tropes in a visceral, contemporary store. Fellows, García and Fusté intend to leverage those qualities in their design, creating a jarring atmosphere that juxtaposes stark psychological deprivation with flashes of indulgent, intimate visual detail. Fur will open off-off-Broadway this fall. www.boundlesstheatre.org.
Regina García (Scenic Designer): An Illinois-based designer, Regina has had long standing relationships with the St. Louis Black Rep, The Cherry Lane Theatre and renowned Latino theaters including Repertorio Español, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, INTAR, and Pregones Theater. Regina is a Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and the Princess Grace Awards, USA. She is a company member with Rivendell Theatre Company and Teatro Vista, in Chicago, and a Regional Associate Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Recent completed projects: TimeLine Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination), Arizona Theatre Company; with upcoming projects next season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens Theatre, Milwaukee Rep and Steppenwolf Theatre. She teaches at The Theatre School, DePaul University. www.garciaportfolio.com
Sarita Fellows (Resident Costume Designer): Born in Freetown Sierra Leone, Sarita Fellows grew up in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, England and the US. Broadway: Associate costume designer to Tony Award designer Susan Hilferty at Master Harold and the Boys, Turn Me Loose, and Familiar. Boundless Theatre Company: Five Kinds of Silence, Bug, The Good Body, Invisible Women, Fabuloso!, Mud, and PROSPECT. Other credits: A Midsummer's Nights Dream, Hairspray, Pericles, Insidious and The Wiz with the Black Rep at St. Louis MO. Big River, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Carousel with the Summer Theater of New Canaan CT, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Rest of Oedipus with Queens College NY, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening the musical, and Kingdom with ReVision Theatre Co NJ. www.saritafellows.com
María-Cristina Fusté (Lighting Designer): Ms. Fusté has a career in lighting design with credits in New York, her native Puerto Rico, major cities in the U.S., Bolivia, Colombia, México, and the Dominican Republic. She is also the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre Company. Theater: Sweat directed by Elena Araoz (People's Light Theater, PA), Mud and The Conduct of Life by María Irene Fornés, and Prospect by Octavio Solis, all directed by Elena Araoz (Boundless Theatre Company, NYC), Newsies (Aurora Theatre and Atlanta Lyric, GA), ABIGAIL/1702 (Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell MA), In the Heights and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora Theatre and Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta GA). Opera: Cecilia Valdés (Teatro Colón, Bogotá Colombia). Tosca, Bluebeard's Castle, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, and L'Elisir d'Amore, all directed by Gilberto Valenzuela (Ópera de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR). Awards: Princess Grace Award recipient/ Pierre Cardin Award in Theater 2018, Suzi Bass Award in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Lighting Design on a Musical. www.mcfuste.com
Boundless Theatre Company was founded in 2003 by María-Cristina Fusté and Ailien Ventura. This designer-led company seeks to investigate, push and redefine the boundaries of theatrical storytelling by collaborating with multicultural artists from different parts of the world. Spearheaded by women and theatre-makers of color, Boundless is committed to creating inquisitive and socially relevant theatre. A member of ART New York / Alliance of Resident Theatres, Boundless operates simultaneously in New York and Puerto Rico. Past projects include the New York premiere of Octavio Solis' Prospect, the US premiere of Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson and the Puerto Rico premieres of Tracy Letts' Bug and Eve Ensler's The Good Body.