Mimi Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera based in Brooklyn, NY. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company and the Civilians, resident designer at BalletTech, and co-founder of JACK, a new performance/art space in Brooklyn. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, and in 2012 she received an OBIE Award for sustained excellence in set design.
Recent work includes Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), An Octoroon, A Public Reading…About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), The World is Round (RipeTime @ BAM), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature), Zero Cost House (Pig Iron), Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse), and a building-wide installation at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Her work has been presented at Lincoln Center Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Soho Rep, The Kitchen, 13P, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A.R.T., Mark Taper Forum, Wilma Theater, Longwharf Theatre, Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theatre, Playmakers Rep, and Virginia Opera, among others. Mimi’s designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands, Russia, and Taiwan. Lien is a recipient of a Lucille Lortel Award and American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Barrymore Award (Outrage), four Barrymore nominations, Drama Desk nomination, Audelco Award nomination, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination. She was selected to participate in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, and was a MacDowell Colony fellow. Her design for Love Unpunished (Pig Iron) was exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial, and her sculptures were featured in the exhibition, LANDSCAPES OF QUARANTINE, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Education: BA (Architecture), Yale University, MFA (Stage Design), NYU Tisch School of the Arts