Peter Nigrini (Projection Designer)

Peter Nigrini developed his work primarily in New York City, where he first began experimenting with projection while working with a group of colleagues in small avant-garde venues on the Lower East Side. He has since worked in a number of disciplines in the theatre. His video designs include Jean Genet’s Elle produced as the inaugural production of the Art Party starring Alan Cumming; the Tony Award-nominated Say Goodnight Gracie at the Helen Hayes Theatre; Biro at the Public Theater; The Booth Variations by Caridad Svich and Todd Cerveris; the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novella Haroun and the Sea of Stories; Blind Date with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Camille, Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ La dame aux camélias, directed by Kate Whoriskey; Sweet Bird of Youth for David Jones at the Williamstown Theater Festival; and the world premiere of Frau Margot, an opera by Thomas Pasatieri.

In addition to his video design work, he occasionally designs in other media for the theatre, including scenery for the Lincoln Center Theater/Lincoln Center Festival Production of Chen Shi-Zheng’s Orphan of Zhao. He is a founding member of the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, for whom he designed The Poetics: A Ballet Brut, The Chicken, and No Dice, all of which were conceived and directed by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. Peter is also designing a pair of performances for the Nature Theater that have been commissioned by the Salzburg Festspiele: Rambo Solo and Romeo and Juliet. Peter has also worked on a number of fine art projects including Digital Campfires, a multichannel video installation for the EXIT festival (Sweden); Local Currencies—Diogenes/Barnum, a series of narrative photo installations produced with the artist Graham Parker, which has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Dumbo Art Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the world premiere of Cosmicomics, a new composition for chamber ensemble and video by Richard Carrick based on the Italo Calvino stories of the same name.

Mr. Nigrini attended Dartmouth College (BA in theatre and film) and the Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design’s International Scenography Centre (London), where he received his MA in 1999. Study at the centre included project work at DAMU (Prague) and the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Utrecht). He is currently designing Angels in America, an opera by Peter Eötvös, for The Fort Worth Opera and The Fela Project, a new musical conceived and directed by Bill T. Jones.