On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Hewes Design Awards - 2013
Body of work has been developed primarily in New York City, he began working with a group of colleagues in small venues on the lower east side, and it was in this context that he first began experimenting with projection.
He has since worked in a number of disciplines in the theater. His recent projection designs include: Fela!, a broadway musical based on the life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian pop start and political activist, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, by Kris Diaz, and Wings, by Arthur Kopit, both at Second Stage Theater in New York, Robert Woodruff’s adaptation of Dostoyefsky’s Notes from Underground, first produced at the Yale Repertory Theater and subsequently remounted at the La Jolla Playhouse, and Theatre for a New Audience (New York), and the Grace Jones Hurricane Tour.
In addition to his work as a projection designer he occasionally designs in other media for the theater including, scenery for the Lincoln Center Theater/Lincoln Center Festival Production of Chen Shi-Zheng’s Orphan of Zhao, and The Peter Eötvös Opera of Angels in America for the Fort Worth Opera.
Peter is also a founding member of The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma with directors Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, for whom he has designed all aspects of The Poetics: A Ballet Brut,No Dice (winner 2008 Obie Award), Romeo and Juliet (commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele, and winner of the Young Directors Award) and Rambo Solo. The company has now embarked on a 10 year project titled Life and Times. ‘Episodes’ 1-3 have been commissioned by the Burgtheater in Vienna, with the first having it’s premier in 2009, the company will continue to premier another episode each year until all 9 have been produced. This summer Episode 1 and 2 will be presented together at the Festival d’Avignon as part of their European tour.
Peter has also worked on a number of fine art projects including: Local Currencies – Diogenes/Barnum, a series of narrative photo installations, produced with Graham Parker, exhibited at the ICA London, the Dumbo Art Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the world premiere of Cosmicomics, a new composition for chamber ensemble and video by Richard Carrick based on the stories by Italo Calvino, and 1969 with Alarm Will Sound, which will premier at Carnegie Hall this spring.
Mr. Nigrini attended Dartmouth College (B.A.), and the Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design’s International Scenography Centre (London), where he received his M.A. in 1999. Study at the centre included project work at DAMU (Prague) and the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Utrecht).