Michael WangenMcKnight Theater Artist Fellowships 2012
Michael is a well known lighting designer in the Twin Cities area where his work has been seen at the Guthrie, Children's Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, Illusion Theater, Pangea World Theatre, Frank Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, and many others. He served as the resident lighting designer with Penumbra from 1987-2000 and is currently the designer in residence at Pillsbury House as well as the lighting director with the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Recent designs include Jomama Jones Radiate!, Buzzer, and In the Red and Brown Water, Pillsbury House; Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…, Carlyle Brown & Co.; The House on Mango Street, Pangea; What's the Word For, Illusion Theater; and 1968, History Theatre.
Regional Theatre credits include Gleam, Centerstage of Baltimore; Yellowman, Trinity Rep.; Pure Confidence, 59E59 NY; and The Fula From America written and performed by Carlyle Brown at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Two River Theatre among others.
His dance designs include work with Ananya Dance Co., The Body Cartography Project, Aniccha Arts, and an upcoming project with Karen Sherman which will premiere in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2013.
He feels very honored to be a recipient of this fellowship and to the McKnight Foundation for their continuing investment in the artists of this region.
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