Theatre Artist Conversations continue on Friday, April 9th at 12 pm (ET-New York). Each week, we engage Special Guests and stay in community dialogue to keep in touch and share ideas, resources and support. Join us for a conversation with Dawn Chiang and Irina Kruzhilinadesigner and designer/deviser talking about their creative work during the Pandemic.


     Lighting Designer Dawn Chiang has designed for Broadway, Off Broadway and numerous regional theaters nationwide. She was resident lighting designer for New York City Opera. She also worked on the concert tours of Paul Anka, The Carpenters, Diana Ross, and Loggins and Messina. Dawn has earned two Drama-Logue Critics’ Awards, two Lighting Designer of the Year Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theatre), and nominations for the San Francisco Drama Critics’ Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award and the Maharam Design Award from American Theatre Wing. She was vice president and board member for Theatre Communications Group, currently a board member for Behind The Scenes charity, and a mentor for the Theater Development Fund’s “Wendy Wasserstein Project” outreach program for New York City high school students. Dawn has been a senior consultant with Theatre Projects, where she helped to plan, design and supervise construction for two of the world’s largest water based, acrobatic spectaculars — “The House of Dancing Water” in Macau and the Han Theatre in central China. You can reach Dawn at


       Irina is a Russian-born, New York-based generative artist, scenographer, visual dramaturg, and teaching artist, creating work at the intersection of visual art, live performance and civic engagement. Irina’s creative endeavors range from interdisciplinary downtown theatre to large scale parades, from community pageants to site responsive installations. Since 2005 her work has been shown, locally and globally, at Times Square, Tokyo Disney, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Prague National Theatre, the NY Philharmonic, the XXI Commonwealth Games, Barbican Center, and many others. Irina is grateful to be in community and continuous collaboration with visionary artists like Dmitry Krymov, Doug Fitch, Lars Jan, Geoff Sobelle, and EnGarde Arts. Irina is the founder of Visual Echo, a New York-based performance organization dedicated to facilitating generative dialogues among people from diverse backgrounds. As an educator, Irina embraces collaborative artistic exchange among theatre makers from different backgrounds, fostering generous creative educational environments that value a diversity of approaches and ideas. Irina is a faculty member at the New School of Drama, a NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient, a Target Margin Theatre Institute Fellow, and a Chashama resident.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: April 9, 2021, 12:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Each week support a charity that is serving our community. Please support Behind the Scenes, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured.

See you on Friday (at 12:00.)

David J Diamond

La MaMa Umbria International
Transformational Coaching for Artists
Theatre Without Borders
ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT: David J Diamond is offering a New Workshop for Theatre Artists beginning April 12th: Easing Into the New Normal: How To Think about Transitioning to the Next Phase of Our Artistic Work

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