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Sven Ortel

 
Bio:
Sven grew up in Cologne, Germany, where he lit small-scale theatre shows after high school, complemented with lighting for movies, advertisements, and music videos. His subsequent studies of theatrical lighting design in London led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Sven grew up in Cologne, Germany, where he lit small-scale theatre shows after high school, complemented with lighting for movies, advertisements, and music videos. His subsequent studies of theatrical lighting design in London led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2021] [Replacement]
Projection Design[Replacement]
 
[Regional (US), 2019]
Projection Designer
 
[San Francisco (Regional), 2017]
Projection Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Production Design
 
[Boston, 2015]
Projection Designer
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Projection Designer
 
[Regional (US), 2011]
Projection Designer
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Video Designer
Projection Designer
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Projection Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Projection Designer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Projection and Video Designer
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Video and Projection Designer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Video Designer
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Video Designer

Photos

Michael Arden,  Dane Laffrey, and Sven Ortel Photo

Michael Arden, Dane Laffrey, and Sven Ortel

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Date:
01/09/2020
Sven Ortel, Susan Hilferty and Neil Patel Photo

Sven Ortel, Susan Hilferty and Neil Patel

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Date:
04/17/2011

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2021] [Replacement]
Projection Design[Replacement]

[Regional (US), 2019]
Projection Designer

[San Francisco (Regional), 2017]
Projection Designer

[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Production Design

[Boston, 2015]
Projection Designer

[Broadway, 2012]
Projection Designer

[Regional (US), 2011]
Projection Designer

[Broadway, 2011]
Video Designer

Projection Designer

[Broadway, 2010]
Projection Designer

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Projection Designer

[Broadway, 2008]
Projection and Video Designer

[Broadway, 2007]
Video and Projection Designer

[Broadway, 2006]
Video Designer

[Broadway, 2004]
Video Designer

Sven Ortel Biography

Sven grew up in Cologne, Germany, where he lit small-scale theatre shows after high school, complemented with lighting for movies, advertisements, and music videos. His subsequent studies of theatrical lighting design in London led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their potential for the live arts.

In 2001 he joined up with Dick Straker and his company mesmer to explore and further the use of imagery and projection in the live arts. For the National Theatre, London mesmer provided realization and design services for over 20 productions and established a video department which introduced technologies and techniques that have become de-facto standard today. Together with Straker he also conceived the video system and process that realized the technologically groundbreaking musical The Woman in White in the west end and Broadway in 2004.

In the last 17 years Ortel’s work has been seen all over the world. His range of collaborators comprises some of the most established and celebrated artists ranging from directors Michael Blakemore, Simon McBurney, Gregory Boyd, Matthias Hartman, Jonathan Kent, David Leveaux, Trevor Nunn, Deborah Warner, Bart Sher, Julie Taymor and Francesca Zambello to choreographer Helgi Tomasson, conductor Valery Gergiev and set designer George Tsypin.

With the UK company complicite, namely 2005‚Äės Measure For Measure and 2008‚Äės A Disappearing Number he achieved new degrees of integration between lighting, imagery, live video and physical sets. Both shows also toured world wide to universal acclaim. Other notable projects include Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, the re-staging of the Kirov Ring Cycle under maestro Valerie Gergiev in St.Petersburg, Russia and the Royal Opera House as well as the musical Rebecca in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, Disney‚Äôs Newsies at the Papermill Playhouse and Broadway, the off-Broadway production of Carrie and Julie Taymor‚Äôs Midsummer Night‚Äôs Dreamat TFANA‚Äôs new home in downtown Brooklyn.

Other Broadway design credits include Newsies, Jumpers, Faith Healer, Deuce, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown and Wonderland .

To foster the future of his profession, Sven mentors young projection designers, gives master classes and has created an online resource for projection design (www.projctn.com). Sven lives in Austin, TX where he leads the MFA program in Integrated Media for live performance at the University of Texas at Austin and continues to push the boundaries media integration and visual storytelling.

Sven Ortel Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Projection Design
Sven Ortel, Thoughts of a Colored Man
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Projection Design
Sven Ortel, A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Sven Ortel, Newsies the Musical

Sven Ortel News

COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List! Photo COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. See the full list here! This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant on June 14th. See who was honored from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards Photo SIX, KIMBERLY AKIMBO Lead Nominations for 2022 Drama Desk Awards
by Nicole Rosky - May 16, 2022

Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees is available here as well as information on who was eligible.

BWW Review: ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME at Shakespeare Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Hannah Wing - Dec 19, 2021

The Princess of Pop meets fairytale princesses in the world premiere of Once Upon a One More Time, at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall.

Photos: See Briga Heelan, Justin Guarini & More in ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME Photo Photos: See Briga Heelan, Justin Guarini & More in ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 8, 2021

ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, the new musical featuring the songs of Britney Spears is now on stage at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC through January 2nd.

Photos: Get A First Look At Broadway-Bound ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME Photo Photos: Get A First Look At Broadway-Bound ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME
by Alan Henry - Dec 3, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast of ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, the new musical featuring the songs of Britney Spears - now on stage at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC through January 2nd.

Tony-Winner Michael McGrath Joins ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME World Premiere Photo Tony-Winner Michael McGrath Joins ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME World Premiere
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 16, 2021

Shakespeare Theatre Company announced today that Tony Award winner Michael McGrath has joined the world premiere cast of the new musical ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, as Narrator.

Briga Heelan and Justin Guarini Will Lead Broadway-Bound ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME at Photo Briga Heelan and Justin Guarini Will Lead Broadway-Bound ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 18, 2021

The Shakespeare Theatre Company has just announced casting for the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME November 30-January 2 at Sidney Harman Hall. The show will star Briga Heelan and Justin Guarini as Cinderella and Prince Charming, alongside John Glover as Narrator, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Stepmother, Brooke Dillman as The O.F.G, Aisha Jackson as Snow White, and MiMi Scardulla and Tess Soltau as Stepsisters Belinda and Betany. Glover replaces Simon Callow in the role.

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by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 14, 2021

VIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED M Photo VIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2021

Mack gave thanks to playwright and Broadway’s newest voice, Keenan Scott II, and in honor of the first performance, Luke James sang and acapella blessing to the cast and the production and to all the Broadway theaters and their casts.

THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Teams Up With merch. - The First Black-Owned Broadway Merch Photo THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Teams Up With merch. - The First Black-Owned Broadway Merchandise Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2021

merch., the first Black-owned Broadway merchandise company, has announced that it will create and sell unique merchandise for Thoughts of a Colored Man, beginning previews at the John Golden Theatre on October 1.

Sven Ortel Videos

VIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED M VideoVIDEO: Tristan Mack Wilds & Luke James Honor First Preview of THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 2, 2021

Mack gave thanks to playwright and Broadway’s newest voice, Keenan Scott II, and in honor of the first performance, Luke James sang and acapella blessing to the cast and the production and to all the Broadway theaters and their casts.

VIDEO: Get A First Listen To Michael Arden Directed MAYBE HAPPY ENDING VideoVIDEO: Get A First Listen To Michael Arden Directed MAYBE HAPPY ENDING
by Alan Henry - Jan 8, 2020

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to the new musical MAYBE HAPPY ENDING. Written in two versions - English-language and Korean-language - the Korean-language version had its world premiere in Seoul, Korea, in 2016, where it won six Korean Musical Awards including the awards for Best Book, Lyrics, and Music.

VIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Begins Previews At Baltimore Stage VideoVIDEO: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Begins Previews At Baltimore Stage
by Stage Tube - Oct 9, 2019

The new play THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN starts previews tomorrow at Baltimore Center Stage.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At LIFE AFTER At The Old Globe VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At LIFE AFTER At The Old Globe
by Alan Henry - Apr 2, 2019

The Old Globe presents the U.S. premiere of Life After, a rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical withbook, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson, directed by the Globe's own Barry Edelstein, opening Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Withchoreography by Ann Yee and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, Life After will run March 22 - April 28, 2019 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 22-28. Life After is produced by special arrangement with Yonge Street Theatricals, Linda Barnett, and Natalie Bartello. Single tickets start at $32.00 and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

VIDEO: First Look At 'Poetry' From LIFE AFTER At The Old Globe VideoVIDEO: First Look At 'Poetry' From LIFE AFTER At The Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2019

The Old Globe today released a first look at "Poetry" from the U.S. premiere of Life After, with vocals by Sophie Hearn and written and played by Britta Johnson. Performances begin this Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.! Please feel free to share it with all!

VIDEO: On This Day, January 10- Broadway Goes Under the Sea With THE LITTLE MERMAID VideoVIDEO: On This Day, January 10- Broadway Goes Under the Sea With THE LITTLE MERMAID
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2019

Based on the animated Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, performances of THE LITTLE MERMAID officially opened on Broadway on this day in 2008.

#TBT: Go Under the Sea with the Opening Night of THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway! Video#TBT: Go Under the Sea with the Opening Night of THE LITTLE MERMAID on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 10, 2019

In honor of the show's eleventh anniversary of becoming part of Broadway's world, we're flashing back to its 2008 opening night at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre!

VIDEO: On This Day, January 10- THE LITTLE MERMAID Takes Broadway Under the Sea VideoVIDEO: On This Day, January 10- THE LITTLE MERMAID Takes Broadway Under the Sea
by Stage Tube - Jan 10, 2018

The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney film and the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, opened on this day in 2008 at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Douglas Sills, Paul Anthony Stewart & More in Long Wharf's RIDE THE TIGER
by Stage Tube - Apr 8, 2013

Political intrigue is the order of business in Long Wharf Theatre's production of Ride the Tiger, by William Mastrosimone, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. The play is currently running through April 21, 2013 on The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage. Tickets are $40-$70. BroadwayWorld has a trailer of the production below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Long Wharf's RIDE THE TIGER Starring Douglas Sills, Paul Anthony Stewart & More
by Stage Tube - Mar 27, 2013

Political intrigue is the order of business in Long Wharf Theatre's production of Ride the Tiger, by William Mastrosimone, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. The play will take place from tonight, March 27, 2013 through April 21, 2013 on The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage. Tickets are $40-$70. The press opening is Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Check out the promo video below!


Sven Ortel Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Sven Ortel been nominated for?
Outstanding Projection Design (Drama Desk Awards) for Thoughts of a Colored Man Outstanding Projection Design (Drama Desk Awards) for A Midsummer Night's Dream and Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Newsies the Musical .