Sarah Cho

Production Team

Director: Mario Mendoza

Scenic Designer: Nic Wilson

Costume Designer: Emma Zhang

Lighting Designer: Angie Esposito

Stage Manager: Lauren Watt


Theatre B

Production Type

New Play Festival


Spring 2015

Budget for this Design Area


Comments by the Designer

For Trich, I took ideas and imagery of a bathroom and exposed what would normally be a private and intimate space across the entire stage blowing the world wide open and in turn not giving the main character anywhere to hide or escape to. I wanted to push the sense of discomfort our heroine felt in this world. This openness and light valued set also played double duty as the team was interested in painting the space with projections as well as saturated colored lights. I was also going for a sense of tension and release within the use of distorted tiles and read lines. With Trich being short for trichotillomania, I wanted to capture that sense of tension and release that one can feel from pulling hairs.

What can be learned from this design is that true white is a hard sell onstage and also, painted surfaces that are not that white to begin with turn quite white once hit with theatrical lights and projections. A lot can be done to manipulate such a neutral space when working alongside directors and fellow designers to use actors, lights and projections to focus an audience’s eye.

Student Type



Copyright 2015 Nic Wilson

Additional Files

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Set Under Worklights

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Full Stage Photo

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Isolation Moment on Exposed Set

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Projections on the Set

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Use of Projections on the Set