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Behind the scenes: Fighting for Democracy, Part 4 - Jorge Cousineau [VIDEO]

December 2, 2011 by Karen Gross


Welcome to the fourth episode of an ongoing video interview series with the creative team behind Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”?, on view at the National Constitution Center through January 16, 2012.

This interview features Jorge Cousineau, production designer of Fighting for Democracy’s world premiere theatrical performance created by the National Constitution Center. Named the “theater artist of the year” by the Philadelphia Weekly and “Philadelphia’s theater magician” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jorge is one of the most in-demand and highly regarded theater professionals based in the City of Brotherly Love. He has designed sets, video, sound, and/or lights for 160 productions, performance artists and organizations in the United States and Europe, including 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Group Motion Company, People's Light & Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theater Company, Wilma Theater and Theater Exile in Philadelphia; Primary Stages and the Howard Gilman Opera House in New York; and the National Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. Jorge is a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Haas Award for Emerging Artist and he has won multiple Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for Theatre Excellence.

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Fighting for Democracy unites a must-see, multimedia exhibition from the Japanese American National Museum with a stirring, original theatrical production created by the National Constitution Center.  Paying homage to ordinary Americans with extraordinary legacies, this groundbreaking exhibit-theater hybrid illuminates the real-life experiences of a diverse group of seven Americans who bravely fought for equality, freedom and justice overseas and at home during World War II. For more info, click here.Fighting for Democracy: Behind the Scenes video interviews were conducted and edited by Karen Gross, the National Constitution Center’s Communications Writer and Editor. Still photography by Jeff Fusco. Click here to see the full series.Fighting for Democracy is presented by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, and is funded in part by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible through the support of The Boeing Company. The National Constitution Center also thanks the following for generous support: The CHG Charitable Trust, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Dorrance H. Hamilton, William M. King Charitable Foundation, Macy’s, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Heritage Philadelphia Program, Team Clean Inc., Verizon Foundation, Wyncote Foundation.

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