Maria Björnson

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Maria Björnson (16 February 1949 – 13 December 2002) was a theatre designer. She was born in Paris to a Norwegian father and Romanian mother.

Björnson studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and at the Central School of Art and Design.[1][2] She designed sets and costumes for theatre, ballet and opera. She worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and designed Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which won her the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, and the Trevor Nunn production of Aspects of Love.

Björnson was course director for Theatre Design at the Central School of Art and Design.[citation needed] She died in London on 13 December 2002. She was 53.[2]

In 2006, the refurbished Young Vic opened a new theatre named The Maria in her honour. The first performance in The Maria was Love and Money by Dennis Kelly, directed by Matthew Dunster and designed by Anna Fleischle.[citation needed]

Her great-grandfather was the Nobel prize-winning Norwegian playwright Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anne Midgette (22 December 2002). Maria Bjornson, 53, Designer For Opera, Theater and Dance. The New York Times. Accessed September 2013.
  2. ^ a b David Jays (16 December 2002). Maria Bjornson: A leading set and costume designer, she brought a unique sense of romantic expressionism to theatre, opera and musicals. The Guardian. Accessed September 2013.

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External links[edit]

Maria Björnson at the Internet Broadway Database