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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

United States of America

Mingshuo Zhao


Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

Rhinoceros is an enormous play on many different levels. The biggest challenge of designing this play in a small black box was how to take advantage of the intimacy of the space. We established a poetic, muscular world. Instead of hiding or decorating the space, we wanted to be honest with it. The lighting fixtures, the cables, the speakers, the theatre structures, every single component became a part of the scenery.
When actors were climbing over the truss pieces, with the lighting and the sound, you could feel the whole space shake, that was the feeling that we wanted to give to the audience. And for the second half, we moved parts of the audience onto the stage. We turned the space into an arena. Everybody in the house was a witness to the transformation of the rhinoceros.


Mingshuo Zhao

Mingshuo Zhao(Raphael) is a scenic designer based in New York City. He has earned his MFA in Scenic Design at the University of California San Diego. He won the 2015-16 USITT Scene Design Award sponsored by Rose Brand. He also holds a BA in Scenic Design at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. Design credits: The Venetian Twins, Rhinoceros, Three Women in Four Chairs, Golden Boy, Second Skin, Battlecruiser Aristotle, Beauty and the Beast, The People, Trifles, Exit: An Illusion. Web: www.zhaomingshuo.com

Email Address: raphaelsetdesign@gmail.com

Theatre Company UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-11-14

The Premiere Space of Production UCSD Shank Theatre

Author Eugene Lonesco

Director/ Choreographer Will Detlefsen

Set Designer Mingshuo Zhao

Lighting Designer Chao-Yu Tsai

Costume Designer Jaymee Ngernwichit

Sound Designer Steven Leffue