1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
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Exhibition

Professional Designers

United States of America

Natalie Taylor Hart

Fences

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

August Wilson’s Fences explores the generational shifts in perspective in the African- American Maxson family just before the Civil Rights Movement begins. I evoked community history and generational family history by layering scenic elements. The eroded and damaged layers were both physical and spiritual in the play.
Concentric contours shaped the backyard to echo the uneven playing field on which the characters exist metaphorically. I balanced realistic detail with abstraction to honor the spiritual aspects of the text. The roofs hanging above suggested the surrounding community and the generations of Maxsons echoing into history.
The thrust space allowed me to partially obscure views through the fence, the kitchen window and door and the upstairs window. I partially revealed the kitchen to contrast Rose’s perspective with her husband’s. American Christianity inspired her orderly interior space while Troy’s outdoor space had roots in African spirituality through connection to earth and raised textures on the ground.

Natalie Taylor Hart

Natalie Taylor Hart is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University and a freelance scenic designer. Prior to teaching at Elon, Hart designed scenery and built props in New York and regionally. She served as Assistant Properties Director at the Santa Fe Opera. For a few years she served as the Design Director of a New York event design company. She earned her MFA in Scenic Design from Ohio University.
Hart has a research interest in Mask and studied with the late Donato Sartori. She designed and created masks for a new adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters with an Elon colleague in 2015 and is looking forward to new collaborations. Website: natalietaylorhart.com
Selected design work: New York: Slave Shack (Algonquin Theatre). Associate Designer: The Wiz (Tour, The Netherlands). Regional: Fences, Having Our Say (Triad Stage); Life in the Fat Lane (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Local: As You Like It (Burning Coal Theatre); Oldfriends.com, Blithe Spirit, Kind Lady (Monomoy Theatre, Cape Cod). Educational: The Crucible (Columbia University); Harper Regan, The Servant of Two Masters, Much Ado About Nothing, Ragtime, The Light in the Piazza, Cloud Nine (Elon University).

Email Address: natalie@natalietaylorhart.com

Theatre Company Triad Stage

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-04-15

The Premiere Space of Production The Pyrle Theatre

Author August Wilson

Director/ Choreographer Tamera N. Izlar

Set Designer Natalie Taylor Hart

Lighting Designer Miriam Nilofa Crowe

Costume Designer Samantha C. Jones

Sound Designer Gabriel Clausen