Dreams in the Dark • Discovering Wonder through Collaboration
How do we ignite our imagination? What inspires wonder? In this talk, Alexander Whittenberg uses his theatrical experiences to shed light on the value of being present to the moments of wonderment unfolding around us. We’ll explore how listening to the world manifests itself in a desire to collaborate, and why we need each other to create creative magic.
This address was given in Saint Petersburg, FL at the Station House in July 2019.
We were elated to host the incomparable Jeannine Oppewall in out virtual studio. We spoke about her early career beginnings at the Eames studio and some of her career highlights as a Production Designer including Seabiscuit, Catch Me If You Can & Pleasantville.
We sit down with my mentor Ina Mayhew and take a whirlwind conversational journey through her exciting and varied career. Project highlights discussed include Respect, Dolly Parton Heartstrings and early projects with Spike Lee.
During the lockdown, I had a great conversation with K.K. Barrett about his amazing career in the world of art, music and film. We spoke about what it means to be an artist and our hopes for the future of storytelling.
I had a great time hosting Tony Award Winner David Gallo in the virtual studio. Our conversation rambles through highlights of his career in theatre and television. We speak about his closeness to the work and legacy of August Wilson and discuss his work as Production Designer on Sesame Street.
We were thrilled to have Emmy Award Winner Kalina Ivanov join us in the virtual studio. Project highlights discussed include her work on Grey Gardens, Lovecraft Country and Smash.
Since the lockdown began in March and the whole world stayed home, a film and theater designer from the U.S. (Alexander Whittenberg) had the idea to grab some of the biggest production designers working today and give them the mic on his Creative Quarantine YouTube channel. So I watched all of them, including K.K. Barrett (Lost in Translation, Her, Being John Malkovich), the Pixar production designer Ralph Eggleston (Finding Nemo, Inside Out), and many others. I was always astonished by the presence of those magicians—simultaneously peaceful, wise, and yet there was some appealing madness in their eyes.