This summer, Really Really is thrilled to bring Duncan Macmillan’s LUNGS to Seattle audiences, holding our own conversation about our responsibilities to each other, ourselves, and our environment.
This production simply wouldn’t be possible without our artists. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be highlighting the several artists who will bring our production to life this August.
“I am excited about this show because it’s a timely piece that provides such freedom of interpretation.”• • •
Lex Marcos is from Manila, Philippines. He studied Painting and Art History at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. After taking a course in scenic design under his first mentor Amiel Leornadia, Lex was given the opportunity to design his first realized production, Machiavelli's The Mandrake. As a newly fledged practicing designer, he worked with a Japanese lighting designer, Naomi "Shoko" Matsumoto, who invited him to join her lighting workshop, Awareness of Light. Matsumoto mentored him in creating sets which focussed specifically on lighting as a primary element of set design. Lex then went on to collaborate with Matsumoto in a Broadway premiere of Next to Normal in Manila. He designed sets in Manila for eight years, working with acclaimed Filipino directors, designers, visual artists, and playwrights. A turning point came when Lex assisted David Gallo who visited Manila to design the Manila premiere of Nine the Musical. Gallo, together with University of Washington School of Drama Professor Tom Lynch and NYU Tisch School of the Arts Design Chair Susan Hilferty, all made it possible for Lex to journey to the United States to join the MFA Program at the University of Washington, School of Drama. He recently finished his MFA in Scenic Design March 2017,
he then started designing shows in town; for Theater Battery, ArtsWest, Theater Schmeater, INTIMAN Theatre, and Ponyworld Theatre. Washington Ensemble Theatre, and an upcoming design project for Sound Theater Company. He is now the resident scenic designer for Tacoma Arts Live for their 2019-2020 season.
His works "Ang Post Office ng Hari" and "Umaaraw Umuulan KInakasal Ang Tikbalang" have been selected for Philippines exhibit in the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2011 and 2015.
“Lungs presents an interesting challenge for designers since there are no set or costume changes. The play moves fluidly through time and space, without the bounds of realism.”• • •
Natalie Shih is a Seattle-based costume designer. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017, she has designed for a number of companies in the Seattle area. Recent credits include Caught (Intiman); The Rules of Charity (Sound Theatre Company); Persimmon Nights and the Kimchi Kittens (Café Nordo); Ironbound, Dry Land (Seattle Public Theatre); M Butterfly (ArtsWest); Straight White Men (Washington Ensemble Theatre). www.natalieshih.com
“Working in theatre provides a never ending supply of interesting challenges that you are given the opportunity to overcome with your collaborators. Lighting, specifically, allows me to confront storytelling with artistry confined by technology, which is a challenge I love to work to confront.”
Aaron Tacy is a freelance lighting designer based in NYC who honed his craft at the University of Michigan, Spoleto Festival USA, Williamstown Theatre Festival and IMCD Lighting Inc. He works as an assistant and associate at regional theatres, international tours and on Broadway. He also works in Fashion, Events, and Architecture. Select Credits include Off-Broadway: Cry Eden, Feeling Blue, The Island Boys, and Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical, Regional: Detroit Public Theatre & Really-Really.
He enjoys Travel, Rock Climbing, College Football and being a Michigander.
Upcoming projects include The Tale of Despereaux (Assoc, The Old Globe) and the Blue Man Group Speechless National Tour (Assoc).