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By Brian Robin

Get Acquainted With the Scenic Designer and Projection Designer

Scott Davis’ set designs have graced theatres across the country. Yee Eun Nam’s projections have been seen on stages across Southern California. Now, the accomplished and talented pair join the creative team for Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical, running April 5–May 4 on the Segerstrom Stage as the centerpiece to SCR’s 60th season.

Davis has designed sets from MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre off-Broadway to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Arizona Theatre Company. Perhaps you’ve seen his art direction on such TV shows as “The Gilded Age” or “The Penguin” on HBO or Max. Or his art direction and set design on Netflix’s “The Watcher” or “Let The Right One In” on Showtime. This is Davis’ SCR debut.

Known for his versatility in designing for live entertainment, immersive engagements, international touring shows, film/TV and theatre, Davis is a multi-faceted production designer with an extensive list of credits. His notable theatre scenic designs include Wizard of Oz (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Cabaret(Paramount Theatre), Electra (Court Theatre), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner(Court Theatre), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Delaware Theater Company) and five productions of Ride the Cyclone (MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Alliance Theatre).

Davis received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Scenic Design for Southern Gothic at the Windy City Playhouse.

A Chicago resident, Davis has an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern and a BA in Theater from the University of Maryland. He has taught as a guest lecturer at Northwestern and was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago.

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Nam is also a multi-disciplinary talent. She studied painting, sculpture, video design and metal craft in Korea.

SCR theatregoers have seen her projection designs on such productions as The Canadians (2019), Aubergine (2019), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2020), Clean/Espejos (2022), Nina Simone: Four Women (2022) and avaaz (2023).

Along with her SCR credits, Nam’s notable theatre production design credits include A Transparent Musical (Center Theatre Group), Poor Yella Rednecks(American Conservatory Theater), Once Upon A (Korean) Time (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (CTG), Invincible—The Musical (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Long Day’s Journey Into Night(Audible/Minetta Lane Theatre) and Mother of Henry (Latino Theater Company), which earned her a LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Theatrical Excellence in CGI/Video.

Opera fans have seen Nam’s projection and art designs at the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Detroit Opera, Seattle Opera and the Miami Music Festival, among others.

Nam earned an MFA in Theater Design from UCLA and BFA in Design and Metal Craft at Seoul National University.


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South Coast Repertory

South Coast Repertory is a Tony Award-winning theatre is known for producing classics, contemporary hits and world premieres, for having the largest new-play development program in the nation and for advancing the art of theatre in service to the community. 

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