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Maureen Freedman

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Born in South-Africa, raised in Israel, Maureen has lived in England, Australia and is now based in Brooklyn. She studied Design for Performance at the Wimbledon College of Art in London. A finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, she gained practical experience in England and returned to Israel where she continued to work in diverse areas of performance including devised performance, movement and object theatre. Maureen was recognized for her design contribution to the production of "The House by the Lake" at the Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre - and which has since toured Europe and Canada - and received a Fringe First Golden Hedgehog Award for her work on a physical theatre piece "The Boat is Sinking".

She then accepted a scholarship from the University of Connecticut Design Tech program, and since moving to the US Maureen has collaborated on productions for theatre, opera, new writing and musicals crafting characters and storylines through the design of costumes and space. Work of hers has been presented in CT, MA, LV and in NYC at BAM, 59e59 theatres and the Rattlestick Theatre. And in July this year Maureen was accepted as mentee to the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program.

Maureen has exhibited at the United States Institute for Technology (USITT), and twice at the Kennedy Center's American College Festival - both locally and in Washington D.C. - garnering the National Partners-American Theatre award and Stage Craft Institute Las Vegas award for excellence in Design technology.

Productions Maureen has designed for have been reviewed in several notable papers including The New York Times, Theatre World Publication and USITT Sightlines. And her dramaturgical process behind the scenic design of "Intimate Apparel" for the Connecticut Rep. has been reviewed and published in "A Companion to Lynn Nottage" (Routledge).

Working not only in scenic design, but costume design as well, Maureen was awarded the Zelma H. Weisfeld award for Costume Design and Technology, and was invited to join the US exhibitors of "Costume at the Turn of the Century" at the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow. This exhibition has since toured the US and the World Stage Design Festival in Taiwan.

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