Ilana Kirschbaum

Ilana Kirschbaum, CalArts

Ilana Kirschbaum is a multi-media designer and director focused on the relationship between space, media, story, and performance.

After working for eight years in the theater industry she came to CalArts to pursue a dual MFA in Scenic Design and Animation.  Recent projects include combining animation with performance to create a virtual and 360-degree reality project for the Huffington Post.  She also wrote, directed, and coordinated the creation of “Terra Incognita,” a walk-through installation that combines toy theater, virtual reality, projection, animation, and performance.  Notable past projects include set designer for Jean Anouilh’s Antigone, set in an abandoned swimming pool, and also designing the set for the world premiere of a puppet opera entitled, La Guida Di Bragia by Lewis Carroll.  Her 30 foot installation was exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and has been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera to create paintings for their civic outreach.

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“Sea Change” an interactive responsive space and puppet performance. Devised by Ilana Kirschbaum.

“Sea Change” an interactive responsive space and puppet performance. Devised by Ilana Kirschbaum.

“Bayou Blues” touring performance.

“Bayou Blues” touring performance. Conceived by Shaina Simmons /Directed by: Brian Carbine / Scenic Design: Tanya Orellana / Animation Design and Direction: Ilana Kirschbaum / Julia Newhide: Animation/ Lighting Design: ​Jesse Fryery / Costumes: Yonit Olshan

“Iolanta” Devised multimedia installation and performance by Ilana Kirschbaum

“Iolanta” Devised multimedia installation and performance by Ilana Kirschbaum

“Antigone” by Jean Anouilh

“Antigone” by Jean Anouilh, Tino Grigio Swimming Pool. Director: David Olson / Scenic Design: Ilana Kirschbaum / Lighting Design: Jack Sherman