GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
is a production and experience designer, visual artist and production manager. He specializes in creating immersive physical landscapes, large-scale site-specific installations, and cohesive worlds for performers and audiences to inhabit. He is a founder of Woodshed Collective, one of America's leading immersive theater companies, and has been their Director of Production and Resident Production Designer since 2006.
Recently, Gabriel co-conceived, production designed and production managed, Empire Travel Agency for Woodshed Collective. ETA was an immersive performance staged throughout lower Manhattan and culminating in a 400-year-old Customs House by the South Street Seaport. It was named by The Guardian as one of the top 10 New York Theater pieces of 2015, calling it, " Surprising, innovative, and almost impossibly exciting, it was a show whose limited budget was no curb on its boundless imagination." The New York Times described it as "…Gloriously inventive and appallingly fun. What this play does, perhaps better than any piece since Deborah Warner’s “Angel Project,” is use the city itself as a set...."
Previously, with Woodshed, Gabriel co-conceived, production designed and production managed The Tenant. For this production, Woodshed took over the West Park Church and Parish House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and built a 5 story installation of a Parisian apartment building with over two dozen individual locations, creating an experience that L Magazine described as feeling "less like a spectator and more like an inhabitant of a beautifully dilapidated old building whose tenants are all different degrees of crazy." The New York Times said about the design: "Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, has worked wonders". Lighting and Sound America lauded, " The production designer, Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, ... created a series of spaces so evocative that you feel like you've wandered onto the set of a mid-'60s Godard film." and "If anyone gave an award for production management, The Tenant would be a leading contender, for the efficient husbanding of all these elements -- and the actors as they move from scene to scene -- is very, very impressive."
Additionally, credits for Woodshed include The Confidence Man on a decommissioned Steamship in the Hudson River. (5 Stars: Time Out NY, "an impressively cohesive piece of installation art": Variety, "a work of dazzling genius, a spellbinding feat of collective creativity" and "One of the best shows I've ever seen in NYC", The Gothamist), and 12 Ophelias, set in the empty McCarren park Pool in Brooklyn ("Beautiful", The New Yorker, "A deconstructed masterstroke", New York Press). With Woodshed, he is currently developing an immersive musical about Korean Pop Music, K-Pop (2017), in partnership with Ars Nova and Ma-Yi Theater Company.
Outside of Woodshed, he was Production Manager for Variety Worldwide leading the renovation of the storied venue, The Diamond Horseshoe and managing the build and installation of their immersive, circus, dinner performance event, The Queen of the Night (2014), at the Paramount Hotel in NYC, directed by Christine Jones. He was also the production designer and manager of an immersive workshop of Better for Night, (2015) produced by Randy Weiner, directed by Teddy Bergman and choreographed by Ani Neimann
He has designed and managed events and performance for corporate clients such as AMC, Bloomberg L.P., and most recently "The Black Label Bacon Strip Show" for Black Label Bacon at the Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas. His installation and designs have been seen at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (Experiment America 2012), and at many various theaters and schools throughout NYC, including the 3LD, 59e59, Incubator Arts Project, Ars Nova, Theater Row, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Barnard College, and Atlantic Theater Company and Acting School where he worked for 5 years as a production manager and resident scenic and lighting designer. He is an experienced carpenter, electrician and special effects technician, and has been a production manager and a technical director at venues throughout NY.
He was born and raised in New York city and is a graduate of Vassar College.
Resume and full portfolio available upon request. Email: email@example.com .