Victoria Petrovich is a theatrical production designer working in scenic, costume and projection design for live performance. She has collaborated with Luís Valdez, Bill Irwin, Ben Krywosz, Anne Bogart, David Schweizer, Tim Dang, Jose Luís Valenzuela, Robert Castro, Karen Saillant, Yolande Snaith, Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg, Culture Clash, Patricia Rincón, Danza Viral, and more.
Her designs have been produced internationally at the Singapore Repertory Theatre, International Opera Theater in Cittá della Pieve, Italy, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Festival Im•Pulso/UNAM, Mexico City. Regional work has been produced at The Roundabout Theatre, Music-Theater-Group’s St. Clements Church NYC, The Mark Taper Forum, The Santa Monica Museum, The Hammer Museum, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Minnesota Opera, Los Angeles Opera (2 tours), Nautilus Music-Theatre, The Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, East West Players, the Denver Center, LATC, San Diego REPertory Theatre, Lewis Family Theater, Moxie Theater, and Diversionary Theatre.
Awards include the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards/Dramalogue Award for Outstanding Set design for the productions of Passion (East West Players), The Women (San Diego REPertory) and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (South Coast Repertory), and the Craig Noel San Diego Critics’ Award for Outstanding Projection Design for A Weekend with Pablo Picasso (San Diego REPertory). Victoria has also designed multi-site telematic performances in multiple collaborations with composer/bassist Mark Dresser and composer/trombonist Michael Dessen.
Victoria received her BA in Visual Art from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, she travelled in Mexico for a year and a half to study the rich mural and indigenous textile arts traditions. She returned to the U.S. to paint the first mural commission at the new Catalyst in Santa Cruz, and went on to collaborate with local artists and Chicano mural collectives as social activists. She also served as an art instructor working with under-served and marginalized youth in the Cultural Enrichment Program of Salinas; as an arts mentor in the migrant camps; and as an art consultant for SPECTRA in Santa Cruz County schools.
Large format, community based mural painting evolved and led her to El Teatro Campesino, where she joined the collective as a scenic artist, and eventually as a stage designer. Finally, the teatro offered her the perfect blend of provocative literature, music, dance, drama, architecture, and visual arts–in a collaborative environment shared with diverse artists and community.
After receiving her MFA in Theatre at UC San Diego, Victoria studied digital media at UC Irvine’s Digital Arts program, and continues to work as a freelance designer. She joined the Theatre & Dance faculty in 2002 at UC San Diego, where she teaches a range of design courses (History of the Transformation of Design in Performance, Digital Rendering, Storyboarding + Concept Art, Costume Rendering, Multimedia, Digital Video Design, Kinetic Design), and is a faculty collaborator in the experimental Technology + performance course, Crossing Boundaries, created by Shahrokh Yadegari. She received the Hellman Fellowship in 2004 to research digital projection design.
She has served as a volunteer at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Where she designed a western town Set for the Equestrian Therapy Program; And as a Picart Art Consultant at the Carlsbad Boy & Girls Club (See Special Projects-World Peace Mural which toured California), and coordinated a multiethnic hand-printed quilt created by after-school children that was selected by the San Diego Quilt association for display.
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