Josafath Reynoso

Learn more about Mexico born designer Josafath Reynoso international career as a senic designer and speaker.

Assistant Professor, UT Live Design and Production

Award winning scenic designer Josafath Reynoso was born in Mexico and was awarded the Gold Medal for Scenic Design at the World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan for his production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also received the 2015 USITT Scenic Design Award, the 2014 SETC Scenic Design Award for Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, the 2013 BroadwayWorld Award for Our Country’s Good and the SETC Ready-for-Work Award for The Threepenny Opera.

In the United States, Mr. Reynoso has designed new productions for Virginia Stage Company, Lexington Children's Theatre, The Clarence Brown Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta, Warehouse Theatre in South Carolina, The Triad Stage in North Carolina, Step! Afrika, The Alice Jepson Theatre, Donald Bedell Performance Hall in Missouri and University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. In Mexico, he has designed productions for Teatro Salvador Novo, Foro Antonio Lopez Mancera, UNAM Facultad de Arquitectura and Teatro Esperanza Iris (Mexico). International credits include new productions for Teatro del Borde in Argentina, Escena 8 in Venezuela and KCDC in Israel.

Of his production of Crowns at Virginia Stage Company, Jeff Seneca of Alt Daily wrote, "the curtain opens on a set that will take your breath away. Josafath Reynoso has created truly magnificent scenery full of rich vibrant colors and wonderful use of space. I love when shows are able to build the music right into the set and Reynoso is able to do that with the organ and percussion right there onstage. It is an amazing set that truly shines as its own character in the show." Reynoso was also praised for his production of The Bluest Eye at Virginia Stage: “The real star of the show was the set. Josafath Reynoso took a simple idea of hanging laundry about the stage, from the rafters, from the box seats and the balcony and turned it to an elaborate display of color and whimsy."

Mr. Reynoso was selected as a keynote speaker for Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin and also invited to present at the International Biennale of Architecture in Buenos Aires for his design of Noche Arabe. He has represented the United States in Germany (Stage|Set|Scenery) and The Czech Republic (Prague Quadrennial 2019), and he has represented Mexico in Taiwan (WSD 2017), The Czech Republic (PQ07 Scenofest 2007) and Venezuela (Festival Baruta 2006).

Mr. Reynoso holds a M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a B.F.A. in Scenography from Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral (National School of Theatrical Arts) in Mexico. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Richmond.

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