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Josafath Reynoso

Scenic Designer

BIO

Award winning scenic designer Josafath Reynoso was born in Mexico.  He was awarded the Gold Medal for Scenic Design at the World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan for his production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also received the 2015 USITT Scenic Design Award, the 2014 SETC Scenic Design Award for Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape; the 2013 BroadwayWorld Award for Our Country’s Good, and the SETC Ready-for-Work Award for The Threepenny Opera.

 

In the United States, Mr. Reynoso has designed new productions for Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Clarence Brown Theatre, Nashville Rep, UT Opera Theatre (TN), Serenbe Playhouse (GA), Warehouse Theatre (SC), Triad Stage (NC), Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Rep and Alice Jepson Theatre (VA), Louisiana State University Opera (LA), Lexington Children's Theatre (KY), Step! Afrika (DC), and Donald Bedell Hall (MO) among others. In Mexico, he has designed productions for Teatro Salvador Novo, Foro Antonio Lopez Mancera, UNAM Facultad de Arquitectura, and Teatro Esperanza Iris (Mexico). Other international credits include new productions for Teatro del Borde in Argentina, Escena 8 in Venezuela, and KCDC in Israel.

 

Of his production of Crowns at Virginia Stage Company, Jeff Seneca of Alt Daily wrote, "the curtain opens on a set that will take your breath away. Josafath Reynoso has created truly magnificent scenery full of rich vibrant colors and wonderful use of space. I love when shows are able to build the music right into the set and Reynoso is able to do that with the organ and percussion right there onstage. It is an amazing set that truly shines as its own character in the show." Reynoso was also praised for his production of The Bluest Eye at Virginia Stage: “The real star of the show was the set. Josafath Reynoso took a simple idea of hanging laundry about the stage, from the rafters, from the box seats and the balcony and turned it to an elaborate display of color and whimsy." Alan Sherrod of the Knoxville Mercury wrote of Threepenny Opera, “Josafath Reynoso’s set is truly a visual feast of arches, steps, and scaffolding, encompassing the entire width and depth of the CBT stage and side aprons. Threepenny Opera posters of historic-looking origin line the walls of the audience area with chandeliers hanging above.”

 

Mr. Reynoso was selected as a designer for the Lincoln Center Theatre’s 2018 Director’s Lab, a keynote speaker for 2015 Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, he was featured at the International Biennale of Architecture in Buenos Aires for his design of Noche Arabe, and has represented the United States in Germany (Stage|Set|Scenery) and The Czech Republic (Prague Quadrennial 2019); and has represented Mexico in Taiwan (WSD 2017), The Czech Republic (PQ07 Scenofest 2007), and Venezuela (Festival Baruta 2006), among others.

 

Mr. Reynoso is currently working as the Area Head of the Scenic Design Graduate Program at the University of Texas, Austin; he serves in several commitees devoted to International Activities, outrech and to enhance the visibility of young Mexican designers both in the US and Mexico. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a BFA in Scenography from Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral in Mexico City.