Why do we leave the house, tear ourselves away from our computers and endure heavy traffic or the crowded subway to see a live event? How can my contribution be part of the enticement? Intrigued by exploring the ways that design provides context for storytelling, and uses the interface between environment, text, song, performance and movement to facilitate and integrate the audience into the experience of the work in support of the collaborative artistic vision.
Whether creating a naturalistic or an abstract world, the goal is to give the audience permission to completely surrender and immerse themselves into the journey – to provide a sense of wonder, a confluence of both surprise and inevitability for the physical world of a performance.
Stephanie Kerley Schwartz is a scenery and costume designer, artist, architectural interior, furniture and event designer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, and nominations. Recently she received the LADCC Kinetic Award for Distinguished Achievement in Design. She is also the recipient of multiple awards, and nominations, including Ovation, LADCC, LA Weekly, Stage Raw, Garland among others. As a writer she has published several short stories online and in print, and is at work on a linked story collection. She has read for Rant and Rave among other public readings, and attended Sewanee, Tin House and Squaw Valley writers conferences. She has the privilege of being a Huntington Library Scholar where she has handled the papers of Jack London as research for her play, Burning Daylight. She has served as the Facilities Trustee on the Board of Kehillat Israel, and is the Resident Designer and a founding member on the Artistic Board of Rogue Machine Theatre. She is a graduate of State University of New York College at Purchase, and a member of United Scenic Artists.