Described as “a theatrical Swiss Army knife,” Carrie Yanagawa is an Anchorage-based multidisciplinary theatre artist whose direction and scenic designs have been hailed as “marvelous” by Anchorage Daily News and “no less than perfect” by F Magazine. Carrie has recently completed a year-long resident scenic design contract with Anchorage Opera for their “Through the Eyes of Women” season, which sought out and employed all-female teams of directors and designers for all productions. She has served as the resident scenic charge artist for AO for the last decade and is a proud company member of Anchorage’s critically acclaimed TossPot Productions.
Carrie is honored to soon return to Valdez, Alaska as director of the Ten-Minute Play Slam for the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Thirty short plays and twenty-four extremely brave playwrights have taken to the Civic Center stage under her direction for the VLFTC’s popular annual Saturday event. Other selected recent directing credits for new plays include: Good Men Wanted (TossPot Productions); portions of the Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans franchise (Three Wise Moose); and countless short plays for the Alaska Overnighters.
Recent scenic design credits for opera include: La Bohème; An American Dream; H.M.S. Pinafore; Don Pasquale; The Mikado; Aklaq and Nayak; Mozart & Salieri; The Impresario; and La cambiale di matrimonio (AO).Recent scenic design credits for theatre include: Good Men Wanted; A Gulag Mouse (TossPot Productions); Our Friends, the Enemy; Hedda Gabler; Come to Me, Leopards (CTC); and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (TBA Theatre). Selected recent regional scenic painting credits include numerous productions with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Bermuda’s Earl Cameron Theatre, and London’s National Theatre.