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Harry Feiner

Harry Feiner is a set designer, lighting designer and scenic artist. He designs for theatre, opera and dance. His designs include work for The Peccadillo Theatre Company, The Cherry Lane, The Pearl Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre Co., The Edinburgh Festival ("First" award), The Directors Co., The Working Theater, Ensemble Theater Company, Virginia Stage, Missouri Rep, Peoples' Light & Theatre Co., Olney Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre Company, New Jersey Rep, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Montclair Theatrefest, Harah's Casinos, Penguin Rep, New Rep Theatre, The Folksbiener Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, 91st St. Playhouse, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Queens Theatre in the Park, The Actors' Studio, The Stony Brook International Arts Festival, The Blue Herron Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theater, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Jewish Repertory Theatre, The Peterborough Players, New York State Theater Institute, Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts, and The Irish Arts Center. He has also designed for the Colorado, Alabama, New Jersey and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. His dance designs have been seen at The North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory of Music, Viewistic Expressions Dance, Judson Dance, Mulberry Dance, and Rioult Dance Theatre, with performances at CalArts, American Dance Festival, City Center, The Skirball Center, The Joyce Theatre and throughout the United States Europe, and Mexico. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theater of Rochester, The Aaron Copeland School of Music, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Opera Manhattan, Rutger's Opera, Mannes College of Music, The Kansas City Consevatory of Music, The Bronx Opera, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music. He has been the resident designer for Missouri Repertory Theatre and Lake George Opera Festival, and now with Rioult Dance Theatre. As a scenic artist he has worked with ABC, CBS, NBC, the Metropolitan Opera Studios, Kaufman-Astoria Studios, Unitel Studios, Variety Scenic Studios, Lincoln Scenic, Stiegelbauer Associates, Hudson Scenic, and various films and commercial producers.  International exhibitions include the 2005 World Stage Exposition in Toronto, and the US contingent for the 1987, 1991, and 2007 Prague Quadrennial; the 1988 USITT Exhibition of American Design to Australia. National exhibitions include the 1980 USITT Biennial Design Exposition, the 1982 USITT Biennial Design Exposition, the 1984 USITT Biennial Design Exposition, and in the 1993, Art By Design, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Publications include book chapters in Playing with Theory in Art and Practice (Palgrave/Macmillan), and Directors and Designers from Intellect Press. Papers include Ideational Conflict and Resolution in the Design Process, [published by Theatre Arts Journal, St. Petersburg ,2006.], Court Theatre and Idealistic Form, Prague. [published by Prague Theatre Institute, Winter,  2006.], A Critical Methodology for Theatre Design, [published in Tradition and Innovation in Theatre Design, by Jagiellonian University, 2001]. Grants include a Tobin Grant, in conjunction with The Pearl Theatre; a PSC-CUNY Grant, to create an environmental painting series; a Graham Foundation Grant to create a critical methodology for scenic design; a CUNY Presidential Mini-Grant, and a Queens College Mentoring Grant. Awards and nominations include the CUNY Chancellor's Honoree for Excellence; "Best Set Design" nomination, Best of Boston Awards; Commendation for "Best Revival", Pearl Theatre's BLITHE SPIRIT, [whole production] from The Obie Awards; nominated and awarded "Best Ensemble Production", AIN"T MISBEHAVIN', Connecticut Critics Circle; New Jersey Best Set Design nomination for JULIUS CAESAR, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Santa Barbara "Independent" Award for Best Set Design, TAKE ME OUT & BURIED CHILD; 2010 Special Drama Desk Award, Pearl Theatre Company. Professor Feiner has a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in English Literature and Theatre from SUNY at Albany, and an M.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology from Brandeis University. At Queens College he has been chair of the department of Drama, Theatre and Dance.  He has also taught at North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Boston Conservatory of Music, and Parson's School of Design.

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