Nate Gibson is designer for opera, theatre, and dance in the US and UK.

Graduated from Alfred University (NY) in Interdisciplinary Art, Nate then moved to the UK to complete the MA in Design for Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). He has since been living and working primarily in London.

 

Photograph by Simon Gibson

CV

WORK

 

Design

2019   'Anna Bolena', dir. Jenny Miller, Longborough Festival Opera (upcoming)

2018   'The Emperor of Atlanis', dir. Polly Graham, Loud Crowd at Bold Tendencies

2018   'L’Inccoronazione di Poppea', dir. Jenny Miller, Longborough Festival Opera

 

2018   'A Bright New Boise', dir. Ros Philips, Carne Studio, LAMDA

 

2018   'We Are Three Sisters', dir. Amelia Sears, Linbury Studio, LAMDA

 

2018   Associate designer - 'Jubilee',  dir. Chris Goode, des. Chloe Lamford, Lyric Hammersmith

2017   ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, dir. Stephen Medcalf, Clonter Opera Theatre (ongoing)

 

2017   ‘Other People’, dir. Matthew Peover, Carne Studio, LAMDA

 

2017   ‘Holes in the Skin’, dir. Penny Cherns, Linbury Studio, LAMDA

 

2017   ‘Realism’, dir. Natalie Wilson, Linbury Studio, LAMDA

 

2017   'NSFW’, dir. Anthony Clark, Linbury Studio, LAMDA

2016   'A Christmas Carol' dir. Polly Graham, Welsh National Opera and Haydn Foundation

 

2016   'Simplicius Simplicissimus' dir. Polly Graham, Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells

2016   Co-Designer w/ Jacob Hughes 'Strawberry and Chocolate' dir. Jazz Martinez-Gamboa,

           London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) 

2016   'Woyzeck' dir. Lars Maagerø, LAMDA 

2016   'The Marriage of Figaro' dir. Martin Constantine, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 

 

2015   'A Christmas Carol' dir. Polly Graham, Welsh National Opera

 

2015   Co-Designer w/ Jacob Hughes 'Earthquakes in London', Latymer Upper School

 

2015   'Macbeth' dir. Stuart Clarke, Cordial Productions

 

2015   'Make An Aria' dir. Michael McCarthy, Music Theatre Wales & Royal Welsh College

 

2014    ‘Murder My Sweet!’ Alternative Routes, chor. Mathieu Geffré, National Dance Company Wales

 

2014    ‘Mr. Punch and Me’ opera showcase, dir. Polly Graham, RWCMD

 

2013   Set design ‘Almost, Maine’ dir. Holly Durand, Alfred University Performing Arts

 

2012   Set design  ‘The Way of the World’ dir. Becky Prophet, AUPA

 

2011   Design assistant  ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ designer Markéta Fantova, AUPA

 

 

Assistant Design and Model Making

 

2016-18    Assorted projects with Natasha Jenkins

2017-18    Assorted projects with Chloe Lamford

2018    'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Anna Bolenawith Gary McCann

 

2017-18    Assorted projects with Tom Pye

2016    'The Hairy Ape' with Stewart Laing

2015-16    Assorted projects with Oliver Townsend

 

2014-15    'Falstaff' and 'Hamlet' with Samal Blak

 

2015    Assorted projects with Francis O’Connor

 

2014    'Wozzeck' with Vicki Mortimer, Chicago Lyric Opera

 

2014    'Seraglio' with Vicki Mortimer, Glyndebourne

 

2014    'Le Roi Arthus' with Paul Brown, Opéra National de Paris

 

Workshops

2017     November 23rd

Stages of Production Design at the National Theatre

Co-presenter

 Working with designer Natasha Jenkins, I co-presented an evening workshop on the stages of design and lead a model making session with students ages 16-21. Students began with sketches of ideas based on the NT’s production of Everyman, and finished the evening with a complete ‘sketch’ model of their designs.

 

2017     January 16-26

Set design workshop

Working with Clonter Opera Theatre, I travelled to several schools around Cheshire to assist in delivering set design workshops to 6-10 year olds in groups of 20-95.

 

My responsibilities included:

- Encouraging and assisting the children to sketch ideas for a scenic backdrop based on a chosen topic

- Helping them to cut out shapes and arrange a composition to be lit and photographed

- Overseeing them to create a 1:25 scale set model with geometric shapes, and recreating it full-scale

- Assessing their finished designs and giving them constructive feedback

 

February 28- March 3; March 13-16

Costume design workshop

Again working with Clonter Opera, I presented design workshops with groups of 20-60 children.

 

My responsibilities included:

- Presenting the idea of costume design and explaining the role a designer plays in a production

- Overseeing the children in creating costume design drawing, encouraging them to use critical thinking about character to come up with their designs

- Overseeing the children in cutting out paper patterns to make clothes for mannequins of their designs

- Assessing their finished designs and giving them constructive feedback

EDUCATION

MA Theatre Design, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, UK 2018

BA Interdisciplinary Art, Alfred University,  New York, 2013

 

 

SKILLS

 

Model making, prop-making, sculpting. Basic sewing, altering, construction.

AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, Vectorworks

 

 

REFERENCES

Available upon request