Scenic/Environment & Costume Design
After spending eighteen years working in a factory building computers for cars in Wisconsin, Deb O went back to school. Marquette University was where she found the theater department. After graduating she made her way to the Yale School of Drama where she received her MFA in Theater Design.
Deb O's extensive scenographic training and range of experiences as well as her background in folk art, dance and gymnastics, clowning and mask making have lent themselves to an innovative approaches to the creation of unique theatrical events. Deb has enjoyed intimate, long-term collaborations with theater directors Brian Mertes, Tamilla Woodard, Jen Wineman, Bob McGarth, Mia Rovegno, GT Upchurch, Alex Harvey, Stephen Brackett, Melissa Kievman, Lee Sunday Evans, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Jesse Smith and dance-theatre makers Dan Safer of Witness Relocation, Tami Stronach, Sam Pinkleton, and Diane Vanderhei and Tom Thoreson of Footworks. She has also designed numerous, memorable special events.
With director Brian Mertes and The Lake Lucille Project, Deb has devised and created large-scale, environmental designs for day-long performances of each of Chekhov's great works. And next summer she will be working on the film of The Seagull at the Lake. With playwright/producer Beau Willimon and directors Brian Mertes and Alex Harvey, the project moved to a giant warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for an epic environmental staging of Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead. And under the direction of Reg Flowers and Falconworks she transformed Red Hooks abandon grain factory into a magical space for Enemy Of The People.
Deb O is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and on the Design Faculty of NYU's Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She is a recipient of Yale's Jay and Rhonda Keene Award, has been featured twice at the Prague Quadrennial, and has received numerous American College Theater Festival Awards including Best Designer of the Year.