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WSD2017|Ti Jean and His Brothers
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers


Yao Chen

Ti Jean and His Brothers

Selected Category: Costume Design

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

This is a fantastic story that is set in Trinidad and Tobago, a tropical nation in Caribbean.
Designing a production based on Caribbean culture served as an eye opening experience for me. I was fascinated by its tough slavery history and its wild legendary creatures within its hundreds of miles of forests, plants and the ocean around it. For the native Caribbean residents there, the jungle is a maize full of challenge, terror, and meanwhile, an adventure wonderland too. Different types of fairies and deities live there, led by the master of forest - Papa Bios, an old male fairy covered with tree leaves.
The director, Henry Mutto, originally from Trinidad, expressed his version to me patiently and artistically. When it comes to costume design, the challenge was expressing this imaginative characters through diverse textures, colors and shapes. More importantly, make sure they are unified in a same visual world. I was so happy when I heard positive feedback of audience from Trinidad and Tobago.

Yao Chen

Yao Chen is a costume designer with international design credits in the United States, China and Costa Rica. She is holding BA of fashion design and MA in costume history in Dong Hua University, Shanghai, China, and a MFA of theatre design in the University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A. She is currently teaching in the University of South Florida.
Her recent productions includes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2016) in Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor (2015) for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, I am Tai Ping Goat (2015), a children’s production at Dong Gong theatre, Long Fu theatre in Beijing, China; Amadeus (2014) at the Theatre Espressivo, San Jose, Costa Rica; and Skippy Jon Jones (2016), Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly (2015) at Orlando Repertory Theatre. Coming productions include Little Princess (2017) at Seattle Children's Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra (2017) at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Box (2017) at Orlando Repertory Theatre, also The Musical Man (2017) at Berkshire Theatre Group, Little Prince at Seattle Children's Theatre (2018).

Awards: outstanding costume design from the Austin Critics Table Awards for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2012), and a nomination for the same award for the costume design in The Scarlet Letter (2013).

Email Address: yaoayao.chen@gmail.com

Theatre Company University of South Florida

The Premiere Date of Production 2013-10-28

The Premiere Space of Production Theatre II

Author Derek Walcott

Director/ Choreographer Henry Mutto

Set Designer Henry Mutto

Lighting Designer Zoe Mikel-Stites

Costume Designer Yao Chen

Sound Designer Christopher Burgo