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Magic Fruit: Meet the Magic Makers-Scenic Designer

Meet the “Magic Makers” behind the creation of Cornerstone’s upcoming production of “Magic Fruit”. We are thrilled to bring together this award-winning creative team to envision, design and produce the futuristic alternate reality that is “Magic Fruit”. This article is part of a series giving you a glimpse in to who these Magic Makers are. We asked each of the nine members from our Creative Team the same four questions. In the next several weeks, we will share those responses with you. 

Meet the Scenic Designer: Nephelie Andonyadis

What are 3 words that describe you.

“Here are three words: first generation American

And a few more…

theatre artist

daughter

mother

teacher

cook

painter

wanderer

curious

bi-lingual”

What is your connection to Cornerstone?

“I have been working with Cornerstone since 1995 as a designer of sets and costumes. I am currently a member of the ensemble. For Magic Fruit, I am the set designer.”

Why Magic Fruit?

“I have journeyed with the Hunger Cycle from the beginning- dreaming it, embodying it, and learning so much from our work with the communities that have partnered with us to make these amazing plays. Magic Fruit is an epic opportunity to continue this journey, together, and in light of our rapidly changing world.”

What do you hope the audience takes away from their experience? 

“A deeper understanding of some of the ways that we are all connected through our shared mother earth, and the joy of a shared experience of operatic spectacle performed with exceptional artistry and profound depth of heart and life experience.”

 

Nephelie is a theatre artist and teacher, and a member of the Cornerstone ensemble. With a background in performance and architecture, she made the transition to stage design at Yale University’s School of Drama where she earned her M.F.A. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and is a Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Redlands. She has worked with Cornerstone since 1995 and has designed either scenery or costumes for many plays with many communities across California, including Fellowship, Bliss Point, Café Vida, Jason in Eureka, Plumas Negras, Flor, Los Illegals, Sid Arthur, Boda de Luna Nueva and the touring production of California the Tempest. Designs at regional theatres include South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Public Works), The Getty Villa and CAPUcla (with SITI Company), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, The Acting Company, The Guthrie Lab, The Court Theatre and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, among others. She is the recipient of the University of Redlands’ Hunsaker Innovative Teaching Award and the NEA/TCG Design Fellowship.

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