Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a NY based lighting & video designer and puppetry artist. Her designs have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Miami, and internationally in Havana (Cuba), Prague (Czech Republic), Lima (Peru) and Edinburgh (Scotland) in venues including the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, HERE Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, ArtsEmerson, The Ontological-Hysteric, Manhattan School of Music, Teatro Mella, The Zoo Roxy, The Flea Theater, Joyce SOHO, The Chocolate Factory, REDCAT, and Highways Performance Space. Some of her recent designs include: Elizabeth Swados and Cecilia Rubino's From the Fire (winner of the 2011 MTM: UK Musical Theatre Awards for Best Musical, Best New Production and Best Music), Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant Returns in: The Mothership Landing (2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Nominee for Lighting Design), The Foundry's How Much is Enough, The Civilians’ In the Footprint, Mozart's Don Giovanni with Isabel Milenski, Handel's Alcina with Pocket Opera NY, Brecht's In The Jungle of Cities with Gisela Cárdenas and Teatro de la Universidad Católica del Perú, Aya Ogawa's Oph3lia and Journey to the Ocean (also a collaboration with Adhikaar and produced by The Foundry), Erik Ehn's Frankenstein (Mortal Toys) and Invisible Glass both with Janie Geiser, Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice with Nick Mangano, A.R. Gurney's Office Hours and Sheila Callaghan's Roadkill Confidential (premiere production directed by Kip Fagan). In fall of 2012 she will be designing for Kara Lee Corthron's AliceGraceAnon with New Georges and participate in Soulographie: Our Genocides, a commemorative performance cycle by Erik Ehn at La MaMa.
Through puppetry, Jeanette has created innovative and interactive performances. Her toy theater production of The Butcher Men was invited to the 2006 Prague Quadrennial and her digital puppetry adaptation of the Book of Genesis, MILK, was part of the Labapalooza 2007 presented at St. Ann's Warehouse (NYC). Her most recent production, Are They Edible? was a multi-sensory performance that engaged and challenged all senses through food and puppetry in a non-traditional audience setting. It was described as, "a banquet in which everyone is made to feel welcome and encouraged to indulge...And on the purely theatrical level, the food's placement conditions the space and defines the play's physical and intellectual parameters."
Jeanette teaches at Stony Brook University and is the recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.