Miguel Romero
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Born in Cuba, Miguel Romero worked as an assistant to Ming Cho Lee for three years after earning his BFA in Scenic Design from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He assisted Ming on Shakespeare-the-Park productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival / Joseph Papp Public Theater and Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera. He joined the faculty of the Theater Department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993 where he recently directed and co-authored Archipelago of Delight a musical with puppetry. In addition to designing UMass productions such as Our Country's Good, he has been a frequent guest scenic designer at Williams College. He recently designed Richard III for Shakespeare and Company; Kiss Me, Kate for Geva Theatre; A Christmas Carol for City Stage; Jitta's Atonement and Four of a Kind for Berkshire Theatre Festival; as well as South Pacific for Barrington Stage Company.

After designing for New York-based companies including The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons, Romero designed extensively for opera and ballet productions. These include:

  • Don Giovanni for the Santa Fe Opera;
  • Thea Musgrave's Mary Queen of Scots at New York City Opera and Virginia Opera;
  • Musgrave's A Christmas Carol for the Royal Opera House / Sadler's Wells and Virginia Opera;
  • La Belle Helene for Opera Theatre of St. Louis;
  • Tosca for the New York City Opera National Company;
  • Don Giovanni for Florida Grand Opera;
  • Don Pasquale, Macbeth, La Boheme and Carmen for Central City Opera;
  • Die Fledermaus and Elixir of Love for Los Angeles Opera Theatre;
  • The Rake's Progress and Siegfried Matthus's Cornet Christoph Rilke's Song of Love and Death for Manhattan School of Music;
  • Cinderella, Renard, L'Histoire de Babar and Peter and the Wolf for Metropolitan Opera Ballet; and
  • La Dama de las Camelias for the National Ballet of Chile.

His work was represented in the Silver Award-winning U.S. exhibit at the 1991 Prague Quadrennial.

A contributor to The Puppetry Journal, Romero is active in American and international puppetry organizations. He recently returned from a sabbatical studying puppetry and mask making in Japan and Indonesia.

He has recently designed Shaw's Arms and the Man, Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Marivaux's Love in Disguise at UMass and two different productions of Angels in America - Millennium Approaches at Williams College and at UMass.

Drums and Shadows, Boy In A Barrel and Pest Control are among the puppet theater pieces he has created with his students at the university.

Read The Designer as Thinker a panel discussion with Miguel Romero and five other designer-educators in AMERICAN THEATRE Magazine (January 2003).

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