No Man's Land, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 2010
My name is Adam Miecielica and I am Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Trinity University and a Freelance Set Designer.
As a designer my aesthetic tends towards the abstract. Through my design work I strive to transcend reality by fragmenting it, eliminating everything that is nonessential; then after the design
has been broken down into its crucial elements, adding to it various levels of abstraction that relate more to the atmosphere of a piece than to its specific locale. Through this approach a set becomes a tool to help tell a story by relating to the themes and moods of a piece instead of being primarily focused on the literal representation of time and place. As designers for the theatre we are not creating environments for the sake of creation, we are creating worlds that must tell a story by enhancing and propelling the dramatic action onstage. The world itself means nothing without being viewed in the context of the play. Therefore, I feel an artist must stay true to the process by being a strong collaborative participant in the act of creation.