Yi-Chien is a South California-based set designer working in theatre, film, and dance. Originally raised in Taiwan, she is deeply influenced by the concept of multiculturalism, which evokes her interest in how the processes of colonization and nationalism experience have gradually developed into a sense of cultural identity. When her work crosses a spectrum of traditional Shakespeare classics, pop-culture musicals, and Asian new plays, she is always seeking opportunities to create a diverse vision and provide new perspectives to the productions.
She has been accumulating design credits in Taiwan and the US. She received B.A. at National Taiwan University and MFA in Scenic Design at UC San Diego. Currently, as a San Diego-based artist, she has been working with the local leading theatre including Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, San Diego Rep Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, and Moxie Theatre Company. Her work for Moon drunk has been selected for the Emerging Artist/Imagination Exhibit in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. "Un-Tongue" was exhibited at The 28th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2021.
Scenic design projects include LIFE SUCKS, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, THE GREAT LEAP (Cygnet Theatre), THE WINTER'S TALE (The Old Globe, globe for all), THE GREAT KHAN (San Diego Repertory Theatre), GIRLFRIEND, A KIND OF WEATHER (Diversionary Theatre), MOTHER OF THE MAID (Moxie Theatre), BURN (STR Network), TURN AROUND (The 13th Grassstraw Festival), CODE: CYTUS 2.0 (Divertimento Media, Shanghai), TRUTH OR DARE (MOD short film), YOUTUBE (Deadend Flowers, Taipei).
李宜蒨，為自由接案的劇場舞台設計，畢業於加州大學聖地牙哥分校戲劇與舞蹈研究所(UC San Diego Theatre and Dance Department)，師承百老匯舞台設計師Robert Brill，現居加州聖地牙哥，從事戲劇、舞蹈舞台設計以及劇場影像設計。合作劇團包含San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Cygnet Theatre Company, Diversionary Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Sierre Madre Playhouse等等。
2021 The 28th Cairo International Festival - selected for Experimental Theatre Exhibition
2019 Prague Quadrennial - selected for Emerging Artist/Imagination Exhibit from the USA
SASEK Design Scholarship - Recipient of UC San Diego MFA scholarship from 2016-2019
Basketball is both the reality and the metaphor of the play. Yi-Chien Lee has designed the set as a basketball court, with raised hoop, hardwood flooring, and basketballs displayed at the ready. Her work is clean, sharp, fresh, and nothing like any set I’ve seen at Cygnet previously.
SAN DIEGO STORY By Bill Eadie | Jan. 28, 2020
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ODYSSEY By Camilla 5 | Apr. 29, 2020
...... via Blake McCarty’s vivid projections, Minjoo Kim’s dynamic lighting and Melanie Chen Cole’s well-calibrated sound — capture a compelling game-day vibe on Yi-Chien Lee’s basketball-court-style set. Each side of that set is framed by a grid of 18 balls; 18, it turns out, is also the maximum number of years that a solid hoops career can last, according to Saul (Manny Fernandes), the story’s comically obnoxious American coach.
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE By James Hebert | Jan. 27, 2020
The set by Yi-Chien is equally homey and simple, with moveable beds, and moveable cubes, allowing the performers to shine through.
When Mike and Will sing along to “We’re the Same,” it’s clear their sense of synchrony goes a lot deeper than the Cure posters that adorn both of their bedrooms (on Yi-Chien Lee’s lovingly detailed, split-location set).
PACIFIC By James Hebert | Sep. 23, 2019
Interesting wood-slatted set by Yi-Chien Lee, both fairly self-involved at the moment, Kid is still angry at his father, and Grey can’t begin to understand Kid’s life, his transition or his desire to write a memoir at his young age.
TIMES OF SAN DIEGO By Pat Launer | Feb. 16, 2020
The production is also strong. Yi-Chien Lee’s scenic and props design follows the style of her successful design for Diversionary production of Girlfriend.
SAN DIEGO STORY By Bill Eadie | Feb. 18, 2020
Out of the blue, Grey spontaneously decides to surprise Kid with a visit to his Brooklyn apartment (which is vividly represented by Yi-Chien Lee's wooden set).
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SD VOYAGER | Jun. 29, 2020