Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, Director of Production
Founding Collective Member*
Gabriel 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.
Recently, along with his company, Iron Bloom Creative Production, Gabriel co-conceived, and was the production designer of KPOP (Ars Nova, Woodshed Collective, and Ma-Yi Theater Company), a huge, immersive musical about a Korean pop label’s invasion into America. Installed over 3 theaters and connecting spaces, audiences followed a three-track journey culminating in a pop concert. New York Magazine called it "A delicious spectacle...expansive, catchy, and cunning. An outwardly flashy, deceptively shrewd investigation-cum-celebration of the peppy, glamorous, multi-billion-dollar musical genre." Lighting and Sound America said, "The production/scenic design, by Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, is a marvel of layout and planning, not to mention crowd control..."
He was also, along with partner William Irons, the production manager of Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street, as well as the associate scenic designer (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival 2017).
Previously, with Woodshed, Gabriel co-conceived, production designed, and production managed Empire Travel Agency, an immersive performance staged throughout lower Manhattan, with design and installation in subways, parks, storage units, cars, sidewalks, art galleries, all culminating in a 400-year-old Customs House by the South Street Seaport. The Guardian named it One of the Top 10 New York Theater Pieces of 2015. Additional credits for Woodshed include The Tenant in the West Park Church and Parish House (The New Yorker raved, "Woodshed Collective has, with great imagination and wonderful detail, transformed the old five-story West-Park Presbyterian Church into a ramshackle Parisian apartment building (and its environs) circa the nineteen-sixties...”); The Confidence Man on a decommissioned steamship in the Hudson River (5 Stars - Time Out NY, Variety called it "an impressively cohesive piece of installation art" and Gothamist proclaimed it "a work of dazzling genius, a spellbinding feat of collective creativity"); Does It Hurt When I Do This? in a 400-year-old Customs House by the South Street Seaport; and 12 Ophelias, set in the empty McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn ("Beautiful,” The New Yorker, "A deconstructed masterstroke,” New York Press).
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.
Gabriel has designed and managed events and performance for corporate clients such as AMC, Bloomberg L.P., and The Black Label Bacon Strip Show for Black Label Bacon at the Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas. He has done design and management at festivals including Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Clusterfest, and Lost Lake. 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.