Mimi Lien (set designer) is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. Recent work includes ELEPHANT ROOM (Rainpan 43), DIE LIEBE DER DANAE (Bard Summerscape), BORN BAD (Soho Rep), and a building-wide installation for the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in Spring 2011. Other notable designs include NEIGHBORS (The Public Theater), QUEENS BOULEVARD (Signature Theatre), STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST (Berkeley Rep), WELCOME TO YUBA CITY (Pig Iron), THE LESS WE TALK (Hoi Polloi), and BECKY SHAW (The Wilma Theater). Mimi is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company and The Civilians, resident designer at BalletTech, and she was a semifinalist in the Ring Award competition for opera design in Graz, Austria. Her work has been recognized by a Barrymore Award, four Barrymore nominations, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award nomination, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination, and she was a recipient of the 2007-2009 NEA/TCG Career Development Program. Her design for LOVE UNPUNISHED (Pig Iron) was presented in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial, and her sculpture work was featured in the exhibition, LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.
The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.