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BIO and RESUME

After studying art at Bennington College, I moved to New Mexico to make paintings in an adobe studio in the desert; the solitude, however, left me restless, so I came home to New York City. Interested in building, I got a job working as a site manager for a construction company in Tribeca. The process of tearing industrial spaces down to their skeletons, then reconfiguring them with a new architectural vision struck me as the embodiment of art in practice. Around that time, a playwright friend asked me to design and build sets for plays he was producing on Ludlow Street, the home of an underground theater scene that has since given way to the "boutiqueing" of the Lower East Side. Back then the street gave voice and vision to burgeoning theater artists. Exhilarated by the collaborative aspects of theater, I immersed myself in the world I had been raised in. My mother, an actress, and my father, a filmmaker and photographer who documented the formation of hip-hop in the early eighties, bringing me to B boy contests where I would watch on, rapt at the spectacle and the thrill of the performance (and possibly taking note of the linoleum the dancers spun on).

Andromache Chalfant is a set designer for theater and opera. She attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with Paul Steinberg, John Conklin, Eduardo Sicango and Susan Hilferty, earning her Masters Degree in Set Design.

In 2006 she collaborated with Mark Wing-Davey on the premiere of Jose Rivera's School of the Americas for The Public Theater. She has been nominated 2 times for a Henry Hewes Award for Outstanding Set Design. Other New York credits include designs for Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theater, The Public Theater, MCC Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Vineyard, Gotham Chamber Opera and The Play Company. In 2009 she collaborated with director/choreographer Doug Varone on Charles Gounod's Faust for Minnesota Opera. Other regional credits include designs for The Old Globe, American Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Minnesota Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Boston, Virginia Opera, Arena Stage, Westport County Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory, Hartford Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville and The Williamstown Theater Festival.

Andromache has collaborated with such theater artists as Les Waters, Trip Cullman, Evan Cabnet, Danny Hoch, Jose Rivera, Sarah Ruhl, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rinde Eckert, Zelda Fichandler, Liesl Tommy, Moises Kaufman, Brian Mertes, David Schwimmer and Blind Summit Theater director Mark Down. She is a company member of Labyrinth Theater Company and an associate artist for The Civilians based in New York. She has been a guest lecturer at Sarah Lawrence and NYU Playwright's Horizons Theater School. She taught set design at Bennington College last Spring and is an adjunct member of the faculty in the graduate department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Upcoming projects include the world premiere of Beth Henley's play LAUGH, directed by David Schweizer at the Studio Theater in DC and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez, directed by Maxwell Williams for Hartford Stage. In December El Gato Con Botas will be remounted at Museo Del Barrio, directed by Moises Kaufman. Andromache is also currently designing sets for a new multimedia work called Square Peg Round Hole by Andy Paris and Anushka Paris-Carter which centers around the subject of Autism for Tectonic Theater Company.

Andromache lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.

RESUME : THEATER/OPERA DESIGN

  • 2014 brownsville song (b side for tray)
  • by Kimber Lee
  • directed by Patricia McGregor
  • Lincoln Center Theater (NYC)
  • 2014 Sex With Strangers
  • by Laura Eason
  • directed by David Schwimmer
  • Second Stage Theater (NYC)
  • 2013 Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
  • by Claudio Monteverdi
  • I Have No Stories To Tell
  • by Lembit Beecher
  • directed by Robin Guarino
  • Gotham Chaber Opera and
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)
  • 2013 A Kid Like Jake
  • by Daniel Pearle
  • directed by Evan Cabnet
  • Lincoln Center Theater (NYC)
  • 2013 A Streetcar Named Desire
  • by Andre Previn
  • libretto by Philip Littell
  • based on the play by Tennessee Williams
  • director Sam Helfrich
  • Virginia Opera (Norfolk,VA.)
  • 2012 Henry V
  • by William Shakespeare
  • director Michael Sexton
  • Two River Theater (Red Bank, NJ)
  • 2012 Through The Yellow Hour
  • by Adam Rapp
  • director Adam Rapp
  • Rattlestick Theater Company
  • 2012 Warrior Class
  • by Kenneth Lin
  • director Evan Cabnet
  • Second Stage Theater (NYC)
  • 2012 Food and Fadwa
  • by Lameece Isaaq and Jacob Kader
  • director Shana Gold
  • New York Theater Workshop (NYC)
  • 2012 Massacre (Sing To Your Children)
  • by Jose Rivera
  • director Brian Mertes
  • Rattlestick Theater
  • 2012 The Whipping Man
  • by Matthew Lopez
  • director Hana Sharif
  • Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT)
  • 2011 Wild Animals You Should Know
  • by Thomas Higgins
  • director Trip Cullman
  • MCC Theater (NYC)
  • 2011 Touched
  • by Bess Wohl
  • director Trip Cullman
  • Willimastown Theater Festival (Wmstwn, MA)
  • 2011 Sex Lives of Our Parents
  • by Michael Mitnick
  • director Davis McCallum
  • Second Stage Theater (NYC)
  • 2011 Crimes of the Heart
  • by Beth Henley
  • director Liesl Tommy
  • McCarter Theater Company (Princeton, NJ)
  • 2010 El Gato Con Botas
  • by Xavier Montsalvage
  • director Moises Kaufman
  • Gotham Chamber Opera/Tectonic Theater (NYC)
  • 2010 Bachelorette
  • by Leslye Headland
  • director Trip Cullman
  • Second Stage Theater (NYC)
  • 2010 Edgewise
  • by Eliza Clark
  • director Trip Cullman
  • The Play Company (NYC)
  • 2010 Bus Stop
  • by William Inge
  • director Steve Cosson
  • Kansas City Repertory Theater (Kansas City, MO)
  • 2009 Inked Baby
  • by Cristina Anderson
  • director Kate Whoriskey
  • Playwrights Horizons (NYC)
  • 2009 Endgame
  • by Samuel Beckett
  • director Marcus Stern
  • A.R.T. (Cambridge, MA)
  • 2009 Six Degrees of Separation
  • by John Guare
  • director Trip Cullman
  • The Old Globe (San Diego, CA)
  • 2009 Faust
  • by Charles Gounod
  • director Doug Varone
  • The Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis, MN)
  • 2008 Vigil
  • by Morris Panych
  • director Stephen DiMenna
  • Westport Country Playhouse (Westport, CT)
  • 2008 Semele
  • by George Frederic Handel
  • director Sam Helfrich
  • Opera Boston (Boston, MA)
  • 2008 Lady
  • by Craig Wright
  • director Hal Brooks
  • Asolo Repertory Theater (Fla.)

  • 2007 Till The Break of Dawn
  • by Danny Hoch
  • director Danny Hoch
  • The Culture Project (NYC)

  • 2007 Much Ado About Nothing
  • by William Shakespeare
  • director Vivienne Benesch
  • Chautauqua Theater Company (Chautauqua, NY)
  • 2007 Geometry of Fire
  • by Stephen Belber
  • director Lucie Tiberghien
  • NY Stage and Film (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • 2007 Pretty Chin Up
  • by Andrea Ciannavei
  • director Michelle Chivu
  • LAByrinth and The Public Theater (NYC)
  • 2007 The Clean House
  • by Sarah Ruhl
  • director Davis McCallum
  • The Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland,OH)

  • 2007 Postcard From Morocco
  • by Dominick Argento
  • director Emma Griffin
  • The Curtis Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2006 The Internationalist
  • by Anne Washburn
  • director Ken Russ Schmoll
  • The Vineyard Theater (NYC)
  • 2006 School of the Americas
  • by Jose Rivera
  • director Mark Wing-Davey
  • LAByrinth and The Public Theater (NYC)
  • 2006 OrangeLemonEggCanary
  • by Rinne Groff
  • director Michael Sexton
  • P.S.122 (NYC)

  • 2006 Awake and Sing!
  • by Clifford Odets
  • director Zelda Fichandler
  • Arena Stage (Washington D.C.)

  • 2006 The Abduction From The Seraglio
  • by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • director Sam Helfrich
  • Opera Omaha (Omaha, NE)
  • 2005 Apparition
  • by Anne Washburn
  • director Les Waters
  • Connelly Theater (NYC)
  • 2005 The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
  • by Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • director Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • LAByrinth and The Public Theater (NYC)

  • 2005 L’Elisir D’Amore
  • by Gaetano Donizetti
  • director Sam Helfrich
  • Berkshire Opera (Pittsfield, MA )

  • 2004 Triple Happiness
  • by Brooke Berman
  • director Michael Garces
  • Second Stage Theater (NYC)
  • 2004 (I am) Nobody’s Lunch
  • by The Civilians
  • director Steve Cosson
  • P.S.122 (New York,NY)

  • 2004 Guinea Pig Solo
  • by Brett C.Leonard
  • director Ian Belton
  • LAByrinth and The Public Theater (NYC)

  • 2004 Highway Ulysses
  • by Rinde Eckert
  • director Sonia Hoffman
  • Dobama Theater (Cleveland, OH)
  • 2004 Trouble in Tahiti
  • by Leonard Bernstein
  • director Sam Helfrich
  • Berkshire Opera (Pittsfield,MA)

  • 2003 Late: A Cowboy Song
  • by Sarah Ruhl
  • director Debbie Saivetz
  • The Ohio Theater (NYC)

  • 2003 The Last Days of Don Juan
  • byNick Dear
  • director Michael Sexton
  • The Juilliard School (NYC)

  • 2002 Melancholy Play
  • by Sarah Ruhl
  • director Davis McCallum
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • EDUCATION:
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA 2002
  • Bennington College BFA 1994