CV

Lisa Laratta
4008 Cherrywood Rd Austin, TX, 78722

paperchairs.com

Much of my theatrical work explores the mind, imagination, memory and dream worlds. I strive to create stage architecture that suggests imaginary spaces: unreal landscapes where our collective memories overlap. I use colour, texture, materiality, space, form, rhythm and time to tell a story, to ask questions, to attempt connections, and to grasp at the beautiful and the elusive.

education

Master’s of Fine Arts, Theatrical Design, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2008
Focus on scene design with extensive experience drafting, scale modeling, rendering, construction and painting

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 2003
Studied interior design, set design, art history and technical theatre production

Certificate in Architectural Technology, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 2002
Studied construction methods, architectural specifications, Building Code and architectural history

Diploma in Technical Theatre Production, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 1995
Specialized in scenic, lighting and sound design

skills

  • Design, painting, sculpting
  • Large scale scenic construction, installation and painting
  • Excellent hand drafting, drawing and model-making skills
  • Computer graphic skills including Photoshop, experience as designer for theater posters
  • Experience as a theatrical director
  • Co-founder/producer of theatre company paper chairs demanding planning, budgeting
    marketing, scheduling skills
  • Experience writing grants, press releases, company mission statement
  • Enjoy painting, knitting, needlework, building, welding and cooking and baking

awards and scholarships

Austin Critics Table Award & B. Iden Payne Award nomination for best set design for The Suicide, 2014

Austin Critics Table Award nomination for best set design for Now Now Oh Now, 2013

Austin Critics Table Award nominations for best set design for Machinal, Heddatron and Baal, 2011

B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Murder Ballad Murder Mystery, 2010

Austin Critics Table Award for outstanding set design for Black Snow and Murder Ballad Murder Mystery, 2010

B. Iden Payne Award for outstanding set design for Black Snow, 2009

Austin Critics Table Award nomination for best set design for Ashes, Ashes, 2008 and Ophelia, 2009

B. Iden Payne Award nomination for outstanding set design for Ashes, Ashes, 2008

Elizabeth McGoldrick Surginer Endowed Scholarship, 2007-2008

Pitkin Endowed Scholarship in Drama, 2006-2007

Morton Brown, Nellie Lea Brown, and Minelma Brown Lockwood Scholarship Fund in Drama, 2005-2006

Runner up in Jones Center Design Competition: Lounge!; Austin, TX, 2004

public presentations and exhibits

SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas: Manglehorn, Scenic Artist, 2015

Pilot Balloon: curated artist retreat in Lawrence, Kansas, 2014

Prague Quadrennial: Representation of Theatre Design for the University of Texas (juried), 2011

World Stage Design Exhibition, Seoul South Korea: Finalist in the Digital/Gallery Competition, 2009

Ming Cho Lee’s Clambake, New York, New York: Design Portfolio Exhibit, 2008

Design Showcase West, Los Angeles, California: Design Portfolio Exhibit, 2008

Prague Quadrennial: Representation of Theatre Design for the University of Texas (juried), 2007

SXSW Film Festival, Austin, Texas: jumping off bridges, Production Designer, 2006

Lounge! Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas: Design proposal project exhibited, 2004

teaching experience

Student Mentor for design students: guided student through design process for class credit, fall 2015, St. Edward’s University

Supplemental Teacher for design classes: for theatre design classes, spring 2010-present, St. Edward’s University

Instructor of Set Design: an introduction to scenic design for theatre arts students, spring 2010, St. Edward’s University

Teaching Assistant: Scenic Painting Practicum: an intense course in scenic art spring & fall 2008-10, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant: Elements of Design: a detailed course in design for graduates, spring 2008, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant: Languages of the Stage: a general theatre course for undergraduates, fall 2007, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant: Scenery Shop Laboratory: for undergraduates, fall 2006 and spring 2007, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Assistant: Properties Shop Laboratory: for undergraduates, fall 2005 and spring 2006, University of Texas at Austin

Theatre design

YEAR           PLAY                                 PRODUCER              DIRECTOR                                   ROLE

2016            She Loves Me                              St. Edward’s University        Nick Mayo                                           Scenic Artist

2016            The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui       St. Edward’s University       David Long                                           Scenic Artist

2016            Poor Herman                              Paper Chairs                     co-director Elizabeth Doss                       Director & Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2015            Mast                                         Paper Chairs                      Diana Lynn Small                                 Set Designer & Scenic Artist & Producer

2015           Mi Casa Es Su Teatro                    Frontera Fest                       organizer Christi Moore                        Curator

2014           Reckonnoiter                                Paper Chairs                       Paper Chairs members                          Writer & Director & Producer

2014           Hamlet                                       St. Edward’s University         Michelle Polgar                                    Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2014         The Suicide                                    Paper Chairs                       co-director Elizabeth Doss                     Director & Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2014         Pile of Pigs                                    Salvage Vanguard                Shawn Sides & Jenny Larson                   Diorama Designer & Builder

2013        Murder Ballad Murder Mystery           Paper Chairs                      Keri Boyd                                              Designer & Producer

2013       Stop Hitting Yourself                         Rude Mechanicals                Shawn Sides                                          Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2013      The Secret Garden                            St. Edward’s University        Robert Westenberg                                 Scenic Artist

2013      River of Gruel                                Fusebox Festival                  Shawn Sides & Jenny Larson                  Diorama Designer & Builder

2013      Measure for Measure                       St. Edward’s  University        Michelle Polgar                                     Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2012      Boom For Real                               Paper Chairs                       Keri Boyd                                             Set Designer & Scenic Artist & Producer

2012      Now, Now Oh Now (touring)            Rude Mechanicals               Shawn Sides                                         Diorama & Set Designer

2012     The Spitfire Grill                                St. Edward’s University      Ev Lunning, Jr.                                      Set Designer and Scenic Artist

2012      Woodwork                                        Paper Chairs                    Paper Chairs members                            Director & Set Designer & Producer

2011      God of Carnage                                Zach Theatre                      Matt Lenz                                             Scenic Artist

2011     A Lie of the Mind                               St. Edward’s University        Jared Stein                                           Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2011    Carousel                                            St. Edwards University         Michael McKelvey                                Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2011    Heddatron                                         Salvage Vanguard Theatre     Dustin Wills                                         Set Designer & Sculptor & Scenic Artist

2010   Ragtime                                             Zach Theatre                       Dave Steakley                                       Scenic Artist

2010   Biography of Physical Sensations       Rubber Repertory Company   Josh Meyer & Matt Hislope                    Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2010   Baal                                                   Paper Chairs                         Dustin Wills                                       Set Designer & Scenic Artist & Producer

2010  Machinal                                            Paper Chairs                          Dustin Wills                                       Set Designer & Scenic Artist & Producer

2009  Murder Ballad Murder Mystery           Tutto Theatre Company          Dustin Wills                                        Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2009  Black Snow                                      Tutto Theatre Company          Dustin Wills                                        Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2008  Ophelia                                            Tutto Theatre Company         Dustin Wills                                        Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2008  Beat Voices                                      Harry Ransom Centre             Luke Leonard                                     Set Designer

2007  Ashes, Ashes                                  University of Texas                   Dustin Wills                                        Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2007  Lily Plants a Garden (touring)         University of Texas                   Nat Miller                                           Set & Lighting Designer & Scenic Artist

2006 Katrina                                            University of Texas                  Jonathan Morgan                               Set Designer

dance

YEAR  PERFORMANCE         PRODUCER              CHOREOGRAPHER                             ROLE

2009    Brer Wood and Other Tales            University of Texas               David Justin                                          Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2007  Ways to Get There…                       University of Texas               Yacov Sharir                                         Set Designer & Scenic Artist

2007  Letter From Home                           Joyce Soho, NYC                 Kent DeSpain & Leslie Dworkin              Associate Set Designer

2007  Lived Experience!                           University of Texas                Lyn C. Wiltshire                                     Associate Costume Designer

film

YEAR   FILM                           PRODUCER                 DIRECTOR                                           ROLE

2013  Manglehorn                                 Lock and Key Productions        David Gordon Green                                  Scenic Artist

2006 [jean]=truth                                  Graduate Student Film              Sunhee Cho                                            Production Designer

2005  jumping off bridges                      Storie Productions                    Kat Candler                                             Production Designer

2002 Three and A Half                          Summer Pictures, Inc,              Boris Mojsovski                                       Production Designer

2001 The Uncertainty Principle             Graduate Student Thesis         Michael Thorn                                         Production Designer

1999 Three to Tango                            Warner Brothers Pictures          Damon Santostefano                              Scenic Artist

1998  Bride Of Chucky                         Universal Films                         Ronny Yu                                                 Scenic Artist

1998  Detroit Rock City                        New Line Cinema                    Adam Rifkin                                              Scenic Artist

other experience

Live Performer: Musician in various independent bands and performance art groups

Event Planner: Arrange spaces, decorate and cater for parties and art openings

Designer and Painter: Plan and create unique spaces for residential, retail and restaurant clients

references

Professor Richard Isackes              Professor Susan E. Mickey

University of Texas at Austin              University of Texas at Austin

Department of Theatre and Dance              Department of Theatre and Dance

Email: isackes@mail.utexas.edu             Email: msmickey@utexas.edu

    Phone: (512) 232-1914              Phone: (512) 232-5323

Dustin Wills              J E Johnson

Candidate for Masters at Yale School of Drama             Production Coordinator, Texas Performing Arts

        Artistic Director, paper chairs           The University of Texas at Austin

          Email: dustin.hunter.wills@gmail.com            Email: jjohnson@texasperformingarts.org

      Phone: (512) 217-2436             Phone: (512) 471-0630

        Kat Candler             Shawn Sides

           Film Director               Theatre Director

Absence of Wings Productions         Rude Mechanicals

            Email: katcandler@gmail.com                  Email: shawn@rudemechs.com

           Phone: (512) 771-5863              Phone: (512) 560-0283

        Michelle S. Polgar             Kathryn Eader

                 St. Edward’s University               St. Edward’s University

                   Managing Director, Theatre Department              Assistant Professor, Theatre Department

              Email: michellp@stedwards.edu              Email: kathe@stedwards.edu

                     Phone: (512) 448-8483            Phone: (512) 485-4626