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She's created looks for secret policemen and silent film stars, Greek heroes and geeky writers, star-crossed lovers and internet hook-ups, not to mention eight neurotic reindeer. She's taken audiences to finest salons in Paris and the humblest farmhouses in Ireland, to AIDS wards and basketball courts in the projects, to the bedroom of a giant bug and a shootout in the Old West. In more than 100 productions since the mid-1990s, designer Meganne George has invited us to visit for an evening some of the most fascinating and compelling worlds imaginable.

Many of Meganne's most daring projects in recent years have been designs for avant garde director Lee Breuer and Mabou Mines Theatre Company. Her first project with Breuer was Two Little Indians, an intimate story of two men hospitalized with AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. Her second collaboration with Breuer, Mabou Mines' Dollhouse, caught fire with its New York premiere in 2004. This daring adaptation of Ibsen's classic, A Doll's House, emphasizes the injustice of male-dominated society by casting little people in the male roles, opposite actresses of average stature in the female roles. Dollhouse was an immediate critical success, receiving an Obie Award and front-page coverage in the Village Voice. Since its New York premiere, Dollhouse has toured the United States and the world, playing to packed houses in cities such as Paris, Edinburgh, Bogata, Oslo, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Chicago, Hong Kong, Stuttgart, Brisbane, Seoul, and Madrid. Between engagements with Dollhouse, Meganne collaborated with Breuer on two more innovative shows--Mabou Mines' Red Beads, which Breuer co-directed with acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist, and Choephorae, an original production which debuted at the 2006 European Capital of Culture festival in Patras, Greece.

Balancing Meganne's works in avant garde theatre over the past several years have been her designs for classic operas in the New York City area. Working with Bronx Opera, she's designed sets for classics like La Boheme and La Traviata, as well as less familiar operas such as The Consul and the American premiere of l'Equivico Stravagante. Her sets for Boheme Opera New Jersey's production of Susannah brought to the stage the lives of the rural poor in the early 20th century. Her scenic designs have thrilled audiences Manhattan, Long Island, the Bronx, and New Jersey, challenging the conventions of opera while respecting its timeless traditions.

Meganne graduated from Ohio University with a dual Master's degree in both Scenic and Costume Design, then came straight to New York to begin her professional theatric career. Soon after her arrival, she became the resident costume designer for the daring and innovative adobe theatre company. Meganne soon found herself enjoying similar opportunities with a wide variety of creative downtown theatre companies, including Chain Lightning, New Perspectives, Monster(less), And How!, Widemouth, and Double Helix. With these companies and many others, Meganne collaborated on many of the most exciting, challenging, and entertaining productions presented to New York audiences over the past decade.

Meganne's hundred-plus designs have attracted considerable attention throughout her career. Her first distinction was an Oobr Award for Outstanding Design for The Flapper Queen, awarded by Off-Off Broadway Review in 1994. She's since received design nominations for an American Theatre Wing Hewes Award (Mabou Mines' Cara Lucia, 2003) and a New York Innovative Theatre Award (Little Suckers, 2005). Her design for Chain Lightning Theatre Company's production of Beyond the Horizon was profiled in two theatre-industry publications, T.C.I. Magazine and Backstage. She designed sets and costumes for the New York premiere of Lemon Meringue Facade, a play written by and featuring former Love Boat star Ted Lange, and sets for the premiere of More than a Soap Opera, a new musical with music and lyrics by Ray Davies of the classic rock group The Kinks. In December of 2005, Meganne designed the costumes for The Actors' Fund benefit production of the musical, A Wonderful Life, produced by Steven Yuhasz, and starring Brian Stokes Mitchell, David Hyde Pierce, and Phylicia Rashad. Meganne looks forward to many exciting new projects in the years to come.

Photos (top to bottom): Kevin Kennefick, Nancy Santos, Jeff George, Jeff George.