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WSD2017|The Suede Jacket
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.


Professional Designers


Hazem Shebl

The Suede Jacket

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The main set in the play is the Tax Office Building, when Antonov forced to go from office to another office, through the hellish labyrinth of bureaucratic unconcern and lack of human understanding. The bureaucratic machine duly churns him around when he tries to convince them that he has just a suede jacket not a real sheep!
The set design is in sepia mood, in five levels and many zones with 13 offices in the middle of a lot of unorganized folders and files hills. All levels surrounded by different sizes and kind of gears, (most of them are 3D printed and five gigantic gears are constructed and they rotate,) revealing many different sides of the system, alluding to the mechanism of a bureaucratic system.
In the middle of that there is a broken left with a man inside it waiting the bureaucratic system to fix it.


Hazem Shebl

Theater Scenic and Lighting Designer ( Freelancer )

• Founder and president of ESTTC – The Egyptian Scenographers and Theater Technician, center member of OISTAT
• ITI Egypt , The International Theater Institute Egypt Center, General Secretary 

• The Arab Scenography Network Coordinator.
Education :
Diploma of Graduate Studies (1990 – 1992) and Bachelor of Arts (1985 – 1989) Egypt Academy of Arts, the Higher Institute of Theater Arts, Department of Design.
Awards and Honers:

(2004) The Egyptian Prestigious Incentive State Award for the Best Set Design. 

Fulbright Fine Art Grant for the Year (2006-2007)

Working Experience:
2009 till Now Teaching ( Part Timer ) at Ain Shams University, Arts Faculty, Drama Department.
1994 - 2006 Theater Technical Director At The American University in Cairo, Arts 

1989 – 1994 Set Designer at the Egyptian Radio & Television Union.
Designed set and/or lighting at many government theaters such as The Egyptian National Theater, Cairo Opera House and for many private universities, theaters and many national and international main production events in Egypt.
Exhibit his designs at many national and international scenography exhibitions such as: WSD 2005 in Toronto – PQ 2003 & 2015 – China Stage Design Exhibition 2015.

Email Address: hazemzo@gmail.com

Theatre Company Future University

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-05-24

The Premiere Space of Production Cairo Opera House, main Stage

Author Stanislav Stratiev

Director/ Choreographer Khaled Galal

Set Designer Hazem Shebl

Lighting Designer Yasser Shalan

Costume Designer Marwa Ouda

Sound Designer Ahmed Tarek Yehya

Other Creative Collaborator/s Adaptation : Khaled Galal and Mustafa Slim
Original Lyrics: Mustafa Slim
Choreographer : Magdy Saber
Photography by: El Sayed Abdel Kader