Alexandra Friedman

set & production design | costume design | fabrication

Alex Friedman creates environments for performance - in found locations, onstage, on screen, and on the body. She is especially excited about new work and having an open collaborative process. Alex aims to engage diverse audiences, exploding their preconceived notions of what theatre and film can be, and is interested in media that embrace the tactile craft of design.

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Alex is a native of New York City and an alumna of Brandeis University and CalArts. Her design work has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and throughout the SF Bay Area. She is currently is based out of Los Angeles, having most recently worked as a set designer for LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio in Portland, OR.

SET & costume design CONCEPT

Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom by suzan-lori parks

This complex and poetic play investigates what it means to be an African-American, and the way language is used to impose hierarchies and power structures that define identity. Across four surreal vignettes spanning different spaces, times, and power dynamics, five individuals struggle to find the words to describe their experience.  

The question of who is entitled to space in the world reverberated deeply for me, and I found striking rhymes between the forms of confinement African-Americans have endured through history, from slave ship to housing project to prison cell. To craft this play's world, I drew upon these congruencies and took inspiration from the work of Luis Barragan and a wildly-colored and -corroded prison I visited in Avignon, France.

Designed for the Berliner Ensemble's theater space in Berlin, Germany.

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