Next to Normal

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My design for Next to Normal renders a realistic depiction of Dan and Diana’s house in order to achieve an enhanced emotional response from the audience. My goal was to create a space with so much detail that individual audience members would not be able to process everything, just as Diana sees images that others in her world do not. The walls of the living room are internally lit in obscure patterns as Diana has delusions and thoughts of her deceased son. Additionally, objects and set dressing (Diana’s memories) flood the set in act one, and are removed from the space at intermission as Diana receives ECT and loses much of her past life.

Set Designer
University of Pennsylvania, Front Row Theatre Company. Director: Grace Mattes
April 2019
Scenic Design

Preshow/Just Another Day

Everything Else

Who’s Crazy/My Psychopharmacologist

I Miss the Mountains

I Am the One

Natalie’s Room

Super Boy and the Invisible Girl

Dr. Rock

I’m Alive

Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I’m Falling

I Dreamed a Dance

Wish I Were Here

Better Than Before

After Shocks

Why Stay/A Promise

I Am the One (Reprise)


Ground Plan with Magic Wall Sightlines

Sketchup Model

Sketchbook Sketch

Concept Sketches

Concept Sketches