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      Palm Beach Dramaworks Names

      Anne Mundell Resident Scenic Designer

         Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) is delighted to    see what’s next.”                                  new challenges. “When I was teaching, I was part of an
      announce that Anne Mundell, an award-winning scenic       “We’re thrilled that Anne accepted our invitation,” said   amazing community of people with incredible ideas,” she
      designer and distinguished professor emeritus, has been   PBD Producing Artistic Director William Hayes. “She is a   said. “That’s one of the reasons I was thrilled when Bill
      named the company’s new resident scenic designer,   pleasure to work with, and has a wealth of experience and   asked me about this job. I’m looking forward to working
      effective immediately.                            a rich imagination. She’s also very forward-thinking and   with another brilliant artistic community.”
         Mundell made her PBD                           has an invigorating approach to scenic design. She simply      Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional, nonprofit
      debut in 2017 with  Tom                           has so much to offer PBD.”                         theatre company founded in 2000 and located in the
      Stoppard’s  Arcadia, and                             Mundell,  who  grew  up  in  and  around Washington,   heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Each season, the
      subsequently designed the                         D.C., did her undergraduate work at Kenyon College in   award-winning company produces five mainstage shows
      sets for Peter Shaffer’s                          Ohio, and received a master of fine arts in scenic design   and offers a wide variety of programs for students at
      E quus  in 2018, a nd                             from Brandeis University. She went to Pittsburgh to work   the theatre and in schools. Committed to fostering the
      Tennessee Williams’  A                            at Pittsburgh Public Theater just after grad school; her   future of theatre, PBD has become a hub for playwrights
      Streetcar  Named  Desire                          plan was to remain there for two years and then head to   in Florida and around the country to nurture their work
      in 2019. This season, she                         New York. “That didn’t work out, because I kept finding   through initiatives including The Dramaworkshop and
      is designing the world                            interesting things to do in Pittsburgh,” she said.   the Perlberg Festival of New Plays. PBD is a member
      premieres of Jenny Connell                           One day, a theatre colleague who also taught at Carnegie   of Theatre Communications Group, Florida Professional
      Davis’ The Messenger and Christopher Demos-Brown’s   Mellon University asked Mundell to substitute for him in   Theatres Association, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach
      The  Cancellation  of  Lauren  Fein, as well as Arthur   a class. She had no desire to teach, but she agreed to do it.   County, and NNPN.
      Miller’s seminal Death of a Salesman. She is scheduled   “I was terrible,” she said. “I told the students everything
      to do at least two shows a year at PBD.           I knew about a particular topic, and I was exhausted. I
         “I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” said   thought, ‘Oh, it’s the end of the class, I wonder if there’s
      Mundell. “Everybody made me feel so welcome from the   time for questions.’ Then I looked at the clock and only   Wanted
      first time I worked here, and I love the family atmosphere.   10 minutes had passed. But they kept asking me back.”
      I just retired from my professor job at Carnegie Mellon,   She served briefly as the interim head of the School of
      where I’ve been for 30-plus years, and it’s nice to have   Drama, spent a decade as coordinator of design, and was
      another artistic home. And Dramaworks is such a good fit.   associate professor of scene design from 1988 until her   People are vandalizing
      I really enjoy what the company does – you know, ‘theatre   retirement. Throughout her career in education, Mundell   golf courses after play
      to think about.’ That’s the kind of work I love to do. I feel   continued her design work in theatres around Pittsburgh   hours. Sand traps, greens
      like we’re at a point in history where artists have to bear   and various parts of the country, including Pittsburgh
      witness and tell stories that matter in ways that matter.   Public Theater,  Maltz  Jupiter Theatre,  Pittsburgh  City   and fairways are being
      That’s something that Dramaworks does. And everyone   Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, Carnegie Museum of Art,   damaged. If you see
      here is willing to take risks with ideas, which is always   Quantum Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light
      fun for me. I come from a poetic, gestural tradition and   Opera, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Tennessee Repertory   anyone on courses after
      like to explore the world of the play in a way that isn’t   Theatre, Black Hills Playhouse, and Players Theatre   hours, please call POA
      necessarily reproducing the actual physical space that the   Columbus.
      story takes place, like a living room, for instance. I’m      “Teaching and design became a feedback loop,” she   Security at 627-1600 or
      also very interested in what theatre is going to be as we   said. “I would hear myself say something and think,   Resort Security, 627-2000.
      move into a new generation of artists who think and tell   ‘I better go practice what I preach.’ And students are                Thank you.
      stories in an aggregate way instead of a linear way, which   phenomenal teachers.”
      is very different from how I grew up. I’m fascinated to      Mundell took early retirement in order to seek out


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