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Arnel Sancianco

 
Birth Place:
San Diego
Bio:
Arnel Sancianco is a Filipino-American award-winning set and production designer originally from San Diego, CA and currently based in Tempe, AZ. Arnel received his BA in Drama with an honors in design from UC Irvine and his MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. During his time in ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: San Diego

Bio:
Arnel Sancianco is a Filipino-American award-winning set and production designer originally from San Diego, CA and currently based in Tempe, AZ. Arnel received his BA in Drama with an honors in design from UC Irvine and his MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. During his time in ... (read complete bio)
 

 

Arnel Sancianco Biography

Arnel Sancianco is a Filipino-American award-winning set and production designer originally from San Diego, CA and currently based in Tempe, AZ. Arnel received his BA in Drama with an honors in design from UC Irvine and his MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.

During his time in Chicago, Arnel designed at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Writer’s Theatre, Drury Lane, Timeline, Court Theatre, Northlight, Haven, Steep, The Gift Theatre, and American Theatre Co. Arnel designed the set for Photograph 51 at the Court Theatre for which he received the Jeff Award for best Scenic Design in 2019. That same year he was also nominated for his sets on the world premiere of Lottery Day by Ike Holter at the Goodman, and the regional premiere of Something Clean by Selina Filinger at Sideshow Theatre Company.

Other regional credits include productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, American Players Theatre, The Rep at St. Louis, Milwaukee Rep, Asolo Rep, People’s Light, and the Kennedy Center.

He has collaborated with writer Isaac Gomez on the world premieres of Leopard Play: or Songs for Sad Boys, I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, and The Displaced as well as his short film Six Feet Apart. Arnel has also collaborated with Ike Holter on his world premieres of Lottery Day, and Put Your House in Order. Other premieres include the original work of Selina Filinger, Gracie Gardner, Monty Cole, Zak Berkman, Stuart Carden, Jessie Fisher, Mary Tuomanen, Sharyn Rothstein, David Kersnar and Althos Low.

Arnel is currently a professor of scenic design at Arizona State University. He has hosted special master classes for Steppenwolf’s Young Adults Council, and the National High School Institute at Northwestern. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.




Arnel Sancianco News

THE COLOR PURPLE's Rodney Thompson Takes Over Our Instagram! Photo THE COLOR PURPLE's Rodney Thompson Takes Over Our Instagram!
by HaleyJane Rose - Aug 6, 2022

The Muny is presenting Legally Blonde! Tune into our Instagram Story as Hayley Podschun takes you behind the scenes of her day at Legally Blonde at The Muny.

Photo/Video: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE At The Muny Photo Photo/Video: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE At The Muny
by Grace Cutler - Aug 5, 2022

Get a first look at The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which began performances August 3rd and runs through August 9th, 2022.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE Photo VIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2022

Get a first look at The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which began performances August 3rd and runs through August 9th, 2022.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE Photo VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE
by Alan Henry - Aug 3, 2022

Go inside rehearsals for The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which begins performances tonight and runs through August 9th, 2022.

Anastacia McCleskey Joins The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE as Celie; Full Cast, Design and Photo Anastacia McCleskey Joins The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE as Celie; Full Cast, Design and Production Teams Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 22, 2022

The Muny announced its full cast, design and production teams for the Muny Premiere of The Color Purple, August 3 – 9, 2022.   Joining the previously announced principal cast of Tracee Beazer (Shug Avery), Nasia Thomas (Nettie), Evan Tyrone Martin (Mister), Gilbert Domally (Harpo) and Nicole Michelle Haskins (Sofia) is Anastacia McCleskey (Celie).

Chicago actor Jos N. Banks joins the cast of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's hit play C Photo Chicago actor Jos N. Banks joins the cast of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's hit play CHOIR BOY
by Grace Cutler - Jul 2, 2022

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will welcome Chicago actor Jos N. Banks (He/They) to the cast of its hit play CHOIR BOY, written by Oscar-winning ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).

Review: CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Photo Review: CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 27, 2022

What did our critic think?With direction by Kent Gash, Steppenwolf’s staging of CHOIR BOY hits all the right notes. Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play is is a heartwrenching and tuneful story about Pharus— a young gay Black man who relishes nothing more than his role as the choir lead at the prestigious Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys. Over the course of the play, Pharus navigates that classic adolescent tension between his desire to be fully himself and his wish to be accepted among his peers. McCraney’s script beautifully demonstrates this push-and-pull in a way that will universally resonate with audiences, but the story is also incredibly specific to Pharus and his classmates.

TimeLine Theatre to Present THE CHINESE LADY On-Demand Photo TimeLine Theatre to Present THE CHINESE LADY On-Demand
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2022

TimeLine Theatre Company announced a new way to see its critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady, with a central performance by Mi Kang.

Cast Announced for CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company Photo Cast Announced for CHOIR BOY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced casting for its new staging of the Tony Award-nominated play Choir Boy by Oscar-winning Steppenwolf ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), June 16 – July 24, 2022 (press opening on Sunday, June 26 at 6 p.m.).

BWW Review: THE CHINESE LADY at TimeLine Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: THE CHINESE LADY at TimeLine Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - May 14, 2022

Directed by Helen Young, TimeLine Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY is a poignant and well-crafted play centered on Afong Moy, who was supposedly the first Chinese woman to come to America. Although historical record does not have much definitive information about Afong Moy (we even know that was not her real name), Suh uses the play’s well-structured 90 minutes to imagine what she might have said to audiences had she been given the chance. For at least 15 years from 1834 to 1850, Afong Moy was treated like an exhibit in a museum; Nathaniel and Francis Carnes brought her to the United States to showcase her in front of American audiences. Thus, Afong Moy was taken away from her family and stripped of agency. While Suh’s script cleverly allows Afong Moy to take back some of that agency, the play also demonstrates that in reality this young woman didn’t have much of a voice or control over her situation at all.

Arnel Sancianco Videos

Photo/Video: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE At The Muny VideoPhoto/Video: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE At The Muny
by Grace Cutler - Aug 5, 2022

Get a first look at The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which began performances August 3rd and runs through August 9th, 2022.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2022

Get a first look at The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which began performances August 3rd and runs through August 9th, 2022.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For The Muny's THE COLOR PURPLE
by Alan Henry - Aug 3, 2022

Go inside rehearsals for The Muny's production of The Color Purple, which begins performances tonight and runs through August 9th, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

BoHo Theatre closes out its successful 2017 season with the passionate musical MARIE CHRISTINE by Michael John LaChiusa at the Theater Wit, directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Taking inspiration from the life of Marie Laveau, the famed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, MARIE CHRISTINE is a visceral reimagining of the Greek myth of Medea. LaChiusa is the acclaimed writer and composer of THE WILD PARTY and HELLO AGAIN. MARIE CHRISTINE is playing at Theater Wit through December 10, 2017. Click below to watch excerpts from the show!