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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Brooklyn), Newsies (Broadway), A Disappearing Number (Lincoln Centre); Photo: Sven Ortel 

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Sven Ortel

Sven Ortel

Sven Ortel is a projection designer with 20 years of experience and is a pioneer in his field. He works internationally and nationally creating projections and imagery for theatre, opera, dance, musicals and beyond.

His work has been recognized with a Tony Award nomination in 2012 for Disney’s Newsies and in 2014 with a Drama Desk nomination for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He's worked at the National Theatre, London's West End, Broadway, European Opera Houses, Pub theaters, Las Vegas and regional theaters in far away lands.

Ortel was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, where he lit small-scale theatre shows, complemented this work with lighting for movies, advertisements and music videos. His subsequent studies of theatrical lighting design in London led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their potential for the live arts.

His goal is to help tell a story as part of a team of collaborative artists. The integration of imagery and projected media into live performance has always been his passion, but Ortel's guiding principle is to use the tools and skills of his profession when they can contribute something no other discipline can to the audience's experience.

Areas of Expertise

Projection Design, Devised Work, Visual Storytelling, Broadway


Projection Design, Media Creation for Live Performance, IM Studio

Recent Work

  • Maybe Happy Ending - Alliance Theater, Atlanta
  • Life After - Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
  • Thoughts of a Colored Man - Centre Stage, Baltimore
  • Party People - Public Theater, New York
  • Mary Page Marlowe - Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Illinois
  • Swan Lake - San Francisco Ballet
  • Svadba - Aix En Provence, France
  • A Confederacy of Dunces - Huntington Theatre, Massachusetts
  • Mat Franco: Magic Re-invented Nightly - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Other Place - Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas
  • Hydrogen Jukebox - Skylight Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Disney's Newsies - Broadway and national tour
  • Moses - Die Zehn Gebote - St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • In the Garden of Dreams - Wortham Centre, Houston, Texas
  • Ride the Tiger - Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, Connecticut
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - TFANA, Brooklyn, New York

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

The ideas and enthusiasm of our students. I love UT Theatre and Dance because it has a multidisciplinary approach to design and a willingness to explore new ways to design and tell stories.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The abundance of nature and the people that live here.

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