Jorge Cousineau

2011 Pew Fellow

1/2: Jorge Cousineau, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/2: Clip from Fatebook, produced by New Paradise Laboratories and directed by Whit MacLaughlin with media by Jorge Cousineau and web design by Jeremy Beaudry. First presented at the 2009 FringeArts Festival.

“I’m a visual artist with a long-term residency in performance, seeking to create environments for audiences to experience something they wouldn’t find anywhere else.”

Contemporary Renaissance man and “idea factory” Jorge Cousineau (b. 1970) counts set design, lighting design, videography, and music composition among his many talents. “I can’t easily define myself with a title or place my work within a field,” Cousineau admits. He is known in Philadelphia and beyond as a multidimensional theatrical collaborator who can seamlessly integrate new technologies such as video projection into live performance. Originally trained as a painter in his native Germany, Cousineau has lived and worked in Philadelphia for over a decade and now primarily works in theater, where the borders between multiple artistic disciplines are constantly being blurred. In addition to working with ensembles such as Arden Theatre Company and New Paradise Laboratories, he has maintained a multidisciplinary performance company called Subcircle since 1998 with choreographer Niki Cousineau. Cousineau’s video and lighting design for the Arden’s 2012 production of Next to Normal was deemed “stellar” by the Philadelphia City Paper. In a related interview for Geekadelphia, he says, “I approach the design always as a whole, the video always being integrated into the architecture of the set.”


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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

Kim Arrow is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

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