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Mimi Lien

MIMI LIEN (set designer) MimiLien 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), four Barrymore nominations, a  Hewes Design Award nomination (Queens Boulevard), a Bay Area Critics Circle nomination (Strange Devices from the Distant West) and a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design in a Musical (Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812). 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.

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