• Asa Benally

Designing for the Indigenous Theater

What does it mean to consider the Indigenous eye? How do we design an Indigenized space within the American theater? Costume and fashion designer Asa Benally explores the process and the nuances of appropriation versus appreciation.

Benally is a Drama Desk–nominated costume designer. He was raised in Big Mountain, Arizona, on the unceded lands of the Navajo Nation. His grandmother, a traditional Navajo weaver, and his father, a silversmith, fostered his love and appreciation for art and design. His mother, of the Cherokee Nation, a professor and writer, expanded his love of academia and the arts. Benally went on to study at Parsons School of Design in New York. He completed his MFA in theater design at Yale University. His design aesthetic is derived from an interest in history and strong individuals. He is based in New York and works all over the country.

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Indigenous Technologies speaker series.

Participants and topics are subject to change; visit Berkeley Arts + Design (artsdesign.berkeley.edu) for the most up-to-date series information.