Mimi Lien

Mimi Lien is a set designer for theater, opera, and dance whose bold, immersive designs shape and extend a dramatic text’s narrative and emotional dynamics. Lien combines training in set design and architecture with an innate dramaturgical insight, and she is adept at configuring a performance space to establish particular relationships—both among the characters on stage and between the audience and the actors—that dramatize the play’s movement through space and time.

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Mimi Lien is a New York-based designer of sets and environments for theater, dance and opera. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer.

She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theater Company and The Civilians, and resident designer at BalletTech. In 2012,she received an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in set design. Her work has been presented in New York at Lincoln Center Theater, Signature Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Soho Rep, 13P, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The Kitchen and around the country.

Mimi’s designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands and Russia, and she was a semifinalist in the Ring Award competition for opera design in Graz, Austria. She has received a Barrymore Award (Outrage), for Barrymore nominations, Hewes Design Award nomination (Queens Boulevard), and Bay Area Critics Circle nomination (Strange Devices from the Distant West). She was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, and a MacDowell Colony fellow. Her designs have been presented at the Prague Quadrennial, and her sculpture work has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. She holds an MFA in Set Design from NYU, and a BA in Architecture from Yale University.




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