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REGION VII -  Festival 50

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GW Skip Mercier

G.W. (Skip) Mercier is a set, puppet, and costume designer. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley and a MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he was honored by being named the Oenslager Scholar (founder of the design program). Commencing professional work in 1983 he designed over 370 shows.

On Broadway G.W. Mercier designed the sets and costumes for Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass by Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal at the Vivian Beaumont, receiving a Tony Nomination for scenery; and two Drama Desk Nominations for Scenery and Costumes. Off-Broadway, at the Vineyard Theater, Dream True by Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon and Bed and Sofa by Polly Penn and Lawrence Klavan, and Head of Passes by Tarell McCraney procured him three additional Drama Desk Nominations for scenery. Regionally he was honored with the “Bay Area Critics Award” for Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life and Head of Passes at Berkeley Rep, both directed by Tina Landau. He received the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award for Outstanding Talent and Vision in Design and in 2016 the AUDELCO award for Outstanding Set Design for Head of Passes.

Recent work includes: Signature Theatre production Old Hats by Bill Irwin and David Shiner with music by Nellie McKay (Drama Desk Award & Lucille Lortel Award) and ACT and second NYC production by Shaina Taub; the Regional premiere of King Charles III by Mike Bartlett, directed by Matt August for Arizona Theatre Company; Well by Lisa Kron, directed by Braden Abraham Seattle at Repertory Theatre; chamber opera As One byLaura Kaminsky, directed by L. Zane Jones for Seattle Opera; In The Heights music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, directed by Matt August for Pioneer Theatre; A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Chris Coleman for Portland Center Stage; Company music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, directed by Mark Cuddy for Geva Theatre; Alice in Wonderland directed by Peter Brosius for Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis and an opera The Cunning Little Vixen for the New York Philharmonic.

Finding Nemo by Bobby & Kristen Lopez (Avenue Q) in Disneyworld is currently running with five shows daily. Dozens of play premiers in New York include Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl at Playwrights Horizons directed by Anne Bogart, Urban Zulu Mambo by Regina Taylor for Signature Theatre, The Miracle Brothers by Kirsten Childs, directed by Tina Landau, Eli’s Comin’ the work of Laura Nyro conceived and directed by Diane Paulus, and True History and Real Adventures by Sybill Pearson, with music by Mel Marvin, and directed by Michael Mayer.

Exploring theatre without words, he wrote, directed, and designed Flock for Joan Schirle of the Del’Arte Company in Blue Lake, California. He founded Omni Dimensional Theatre developing work exploring simultaneous live and digital realities.

For children’s television he created Eureeka’s Castle (Ace Award) for Nickelodeon and is in pre production for Didi Lightful for Amazon. He was production designer for feature films: Hop Frog directed by Julie Taymor and Southie directed by John Shea.

Since 1983 Mercier has embraced the opportunity to teach design. Starting at University of New York at Stonybrook then University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and currently University of Washington, Seattle. Concurrently he teaches design at the National Theater Institute and National Music Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford Connecticut (2016 Presidential Medal & 2 Tony Awards). He is honored to spend a week of design boot camp with the winners of the American Theatre College Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He is a Resident Designer for the Vineyard Theatre in NYC and Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY. He thrives collaborating with amazing writers, composers, directors, partner designers, artisans and actors creating original work or making established shows seem new. He and his family split time between homes in Seattle, Washington and Rowayton Connecticut.