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        Visual artist and sound designer in theatre, dance and film, Marilys Ernst creates short format video content and provides multi-media and video projection services to the theatre and dance community. She chooses projects that allow her to build upon her strong background as a music composer, visual creative and digital technician.

Live Performance Projection Design

2015, The Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Campaign, 25th anniversary; JumboTron in Times Square, NYC; Comcast, producer

2015, SOLILOQUY; Whitney Museum, John Hess Family Theater; Heidi Latsky Dance; Whitney Museum of American Art, producer

2014, Muscle Memory; Pillsbury House Theatre; NEA Fellow and poet, LaTasha Diggs

2013, FREE: Amplified; Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, Sekou Sundiata’s book of poetry performed by HPrizm (Anti-Pop Consortium), Tamar-kali, Douglas Kearney, Val-Jeanty, Kassa Overall, and Lisette Santiago

2011, Provenance of Beauty – A Bronx Travelogue; Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle Theatre, written by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Claudia Rankine; directed by Melanie Joseph; The Foundry Theatre, producer (featured: shot on four synchronized cameras; then projected on three surrounding screens)

2010, Fire + Fire; Symphony Space, uniting Hungarian Gypsies and Black Americans; featuring ACMA nominee Valerie June

2010, In Search of the Invisible PeopleDixon Place, directed by Bessie recipient Niles Ford, performed by Urban Dance Collective; (featured: danceumentary film about the underground house music dance scene and the golden age of dance)

2009, Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum; United Nations, with Conduction, featuring AKON, Izaline Calister, Danny Glover, Gilberto Gil, Sundiata Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phylicia Rashad, Nelson Mandela, Whoopi Goldberg and Muhammad Ali

2009, Landscape on Hold; Painted Bride; choreographers, Marianela Boan, Gabri Christa, and Tania Isaac; Painted Bride, producer (featured artist: LaTasha Diggs)

2008, A Brush with Georgia; St Luke’s Theater, written and performed by Natalie Mosco; directed by Tony Award winner Robert Kalfin; (NY Times Review: “…projections by Marilys Ernst, providing gentle glimpses of her remarkable canvases, sometimes flinty and stark, sometimes lush and feminine, often representational yet entrancingly abstract. Both convey the mandatory Southwestern enchantment.”)

2008, Penelope; The Labowitz Theatre; created and performed by Drama Desk Award recipient, Ellen McLaughlin; directed by Lisa Rothe 2006, Life of Galileo; Skirball Performing Arts Center, directed by Robert Kalfin; NYU, Producer (featured: as guest lecturer)

2005, Major Bang, or: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb"; St. Ann’s Warehouse, directed by Paul Lazar, first performance; St. Ann’s Warehouse, producer (featured: video projections on a mirror; toured internationally)

2005, History of Tears; Abe Burrows Theatre on Theater Row, directed by Nick Phillippou; music by Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris NYU, Producer (featured: three projectors: one live band projector, one masked projector, one full through projector)

2004, A Tragedy in 9 Lives; ToRoNaDo Theatre/PS 122, playwright, Karen Houppert; directed by Stephen Nunns; Sightlines Theater Company, Producer (featured: one peep camera, one spy camera, nine televisions and two projectors)

2004, Trick Saddle; PS 122, created/conceived by, Clove Galilee & Jenny Rogers; directed/designed by Independent Artist Award recipient, Jenny Rogers; choreographed by Princess Grace Award recipient, Clove Galilee; Trick Saddle, producer (featured: three-headed projection, synchronized to produce one wide screen image)

2004, Dominata; Dance Theater Workshop; choreographer, Jerome Fellow, Gabri Christa; Dansaiza, producer (NY Times Review: “Atmospheric video by Marilys Ernst is woven seamlessly into this rich fabric…”) 

2003, Americana; Aaron Davis Hall; choreographer, Gabri Christa; Dansaiza, producer (toured internationally)

2003, The Persians; Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Ethan MacSweeney, starring Tony winners Lou Cariou and Roberta Maxwell; Tony Randall’s National Actors Theater, producer

2003, 'living documentary' Peripheral City history of the Gowanus Canal; Red Dive's and The Brooklyn Arts Council, producer (featured: sound design; performed as a boat tour with surround sound, along the canal)

2002, TALK; Public Theater; playwright, NEA Fellow, Carl Handcock Rux; directed by Marion McClinton; performed by Anthony Mackie, USA Ziporyn Fellow Karen Kandel and Tony nominee Maria Tucci; Foundry Theatre, producer (featured: dynamic projection growing from pinhole to 20’x20’ backdrop, winner, Marilys Ernst, 2002 OBIE for videography, nominated for the ATW Hewes Design Award)