Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage with Christopher Herold and Nina Ball
Christopher Herold and Nina Ball, director and scenic designer for the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies’ fall 2017 production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, explore their process and decisions in bringing this work of literature to the stage. They will describe how they visualized Zimmerman’s fantastic world where the human and the divine collide and where actors perform in a large pool of water.
Christopher Herold is a continuing lecturer in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. He is also the director of program for the Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. In Berkeley, his directing credits include productions of Our Town, Sauce for the Goose, and The Crucible. Locally, he has appeared in roles at venues including the Aurora Theatre, The Magic, Central Works, and Yerba Buena Gardens.
Nina Ball is a scenic and costume designer whose designs have been seen at American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company, and many more. Her recent awards include SFBCC awards for her designs of My Fair Lady at San Francisco Playhouse, a Broadway World San Francisco Award for Care of Trees at Shotgun Players, and an Arty Award for her design of Eurydice at Solano College Theatre. In addition to theater, she has worked on numerous film, TV, and commercial productions locally and in Los Angeles.