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Irina Kruzhilina is a Russian-American New York-based scenographer, visual dramaturg, and a teaching artist, creating work at the intersection of visual art and live performance. Irina has designed costumes and sets for dozens of theatre, dance, opera, puppetry and installation performances with acclaimed artists including Dmitry Krymov, Doug Fitch, Lars Jan, Carole Armitage and Mabou Mines. Her work has been shown locally and globally, from Times Square to Tokyo Disney, from BAM to the Prague National Theatre, from the NY Philharmonic to Barbican Center. As an educator, Irina has developed a method which embraces collaborative artistic exchange among theatre makers from different backgrounds, which encourages artists to investigate new paradigms in scenography and visual storytelling. She teaches this method at academic institutions and conferences throughout the world. Irina is part time faculty at the New School University, where she has developed unique scenography courses for directors, playwrights and performers. She is a 2007 NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient and a current fellow at the Target Margin Theatre Institute. 

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Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance
Essay

Visual Storytelling in Socially Engaged Performance

26 February 2020

Irina Kruzhilina discusses the importance of visuals as a means of expression in politically and socially engaged theatre.