Set designer Anna Louizos made her first major appearance on the Broadway scene with her design for Avenue Q in 2003. This design was originally created for an off-Broadway theatre, the Vineyard Theatre. Here, off-Broadway, Louizos began her career in scene design after a brief stint in television where she worked on shows such as The Cosby Show and Working It Out upon finishing college. She attended Mills College for two years in her home state of California before transferring to NYU to complete her degree. Set on becoming an actress, she completed her B.A. in theatre and then took some time off from school to pursue her goals.
After realizing that acting was not her calling, she eventually enrolled in NYU’s graduate studies program for Theatre Design, completing her M.F.A. and passing the union exam. Louizos began her career in scene design working as the assistant on shows such as The Red Shoes and The Scarlet Pimpernel before designing on her own. She designed for shows quite a bit off-Broadway before getting her first hit in 2001 for tick, tick…BOOM!, an off-Broadway production. Louizos received her first of two Tony Nominations in 2007 for scenic design on the set of High Fidelity, which was highly regarded for its set design though it ran for only two weeks. Her second nomination was for the well-known In the Heights produced in 2008 and still running today. Other productions she designed for such as Curtains and White Christmas have both received Drama Desk nominations.
Anna Louizos has made a name and a solid career for herself in a male-dominated field and has endured the scrutiny that goes along with women’s advancement. She is currently one of only a handful of women set designers working on Broadway. However, during her impressive career, Louizos has designed for places from the Manhattan Theatre Club to the Roundabout to Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House. She has worked as set designer on Broadway shows such as In the Heights, Curtains, White Christmas, High Fidelity, Avenue Q, To Be Or Not To Be andSteel Magnolias. Her off-Broadway designs include Crimes of the Heart, Speech and Debate, In the Heights, The Altar Boyz and of course tick, tick…BOOM!.
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