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Kent State Hosts 2015 U.S. Prague Quadrennial Exhibit

Sponsored by the Performing Arts Library and the School of Theatre and Dance, Kent State University is hosting a portion of the United States' 2015 Prague Quadrennial exhibit. The exhibit will be on display in the Performing Arts Library in the Center for the Performing Arts through April 5, 2018.

Since 1972, the United States has been represented at each Prague Quadrennial by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the national association for performing arts and entertainment professionals who work in design, technology and production. Through each submission, USITT demonstrates theatre design created by U.S. professionals and students. Vortex of our Dreams: American Design at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, the portion of the submission on display at Kent State, uses interactive audio-visual iPad displays to transport viewers from the climate of everyday real life into a world of surprising and unexpected possibility where extremes rule, where the forecast of future events depends on the currents surging through the viewers’ mind. 

A grand opening reception will be held on Tues., Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Library. The grand opening will feature a talk by the exhibit's curator Kevin Rigdon.

Kevin Rigdon’s extensive credits as an award-winning scenic, lighting and costume designer include numerous productions on Broadway and in the United Kingdom with famed playwrights and directors, such as David Mamet, Gary Sinise, Simon Curtis, Gregory Mosher and more. As the resident designer for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre from 1976-97, he designed the scenery, costumes and lighting for more than 110 productions, including the world premiere of The Grapes of WrathLibra, directed by John Malkovich; Mojo, directed by Ian Rickson; The Libertine, directed by Terry Johnson; and A Clockwork Orange, directed by Terry Kinney. He also designed Steppenwolf’s new theatre complex that opened in 1991.

His many professional achievements include two Tony Award nominations, seven Joseph Jefferson Awards, two American Theatre Wing Design Awards, the Drama-Logue Award, two Houston Theater Awards and a Special Honorary Mention from the 2003 Prague Quadrennial (PQ) Sceneography Exhibition for his participation in the American exhibit. Rigdon served as the head curator for the 2015 American National Exhibit for the PQ and has been named the artistic director for the 2019 PQ exhibits. He is the vice president of international activities for United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and serves on the executive committee of the International Organization of Scenographers Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT). 

Currently, Rigdon is the associate director/design for the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, where he has designed scenery, lighting or costumes for more than 95 productions and has been actively involved in producing more than 190 productions. He also serves as the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Theatre at the University of Houston, where he is head of graduate design.