Beryl Brachman is a costume designer, illustrator, and fabricator based in Los Angeles.
Her work utilizes graphic shapes to examine the relationship between culture, technology, and the body. Some of her recent credits include: Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden (Dir. Stan Lai, Huntington Gardens), CM 1665 and Code~dIsSoNaNcE~REVERIE (Chor. Nina Flagg and Chor. Andre Tyson, REDCAT), Dead Awaken (Dir. Brian Carbine, CalArts), Bayou Blues (Shaina Simmons, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and the short film Mammoth (Dir. Ariel Heller, Chaplin Theater). Beryl received her MFA in theater design from California Institute of the Arts and holds a BA in Japanese Language and Literature/Theater from Smith College. She also trained in kimono dress and etiquette at the Miyabi Yuki kimono school in Kyoto, Japan.
Puppet design for the toy theater piece Kitchen based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto.
Dir. Brian Carbine, CalArts (Los Angeles)
Dead Awaken reimagines Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken as a neo-soul concert experience that follows the volatile reunion between the artist Rubek and his lost muse.
Shaina Simmons, Fabrica de Arte Cubano (Havana, Cuba)
Afro-Futuro is an exploratory portrait/performance series that uses the lens of the future to examine black women and hair across the African diaspora.
Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden
Dir. Stan Lai, Huntington Gardens (Los Angeles)
Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden is a location-specific performance that takes audience members through the Chinese Garden at night. The piece weaves together parallel narratives between the famous Blue Boy painting and the classical Chinese play The Peony Pavilion.