Andrew Ondrejcak (and collaborator Shara Nova of My Brightest Diamond) will explore themes of gender and identity in a new opera inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. While Ondrejcak writes, directs and designs, Nova composes the music and performs the title role.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Andrew Ondrejcak studied architecture and painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and, later, playwriting at Brooklyn College. His work with experimental theater led him to a career in art direction and production design in the fashion industry. Known for large-scale environmental installations, Ondrejcak soon became one of New York’s most sought-after production designers working with Vogue, Bazaar, Italian Vogue, Wallpaper*, W and V, among others.
Ondrejcak’s works have been presented at The Kitchen (2016), BAM Harvey Theater in Next Wave Festival (2015), The Public Theater in Under the Radar Festival (2014), deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp (2013); Holland Festival, Amsterdam (2014); Kampnagel, Hamburg (2013) and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works in Process (2011) curated by Robert Wilson. He re-performed the work of Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present at MoMA (2010). In 2013, Ondrejcak was Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governor’s Island. In 2015-2016, Ondrejcak was Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
As an arts educator, Ondrejcak teaches workshops on his creative process – a hybrid of performance and design – at Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France (2013-2016) and, since 2002, has been a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.