Alum Nina Ball Is 'One of the Most Sought-After Scenic Designers' in Bay Area Theatre

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Ball found theatre again when she took a “random” introductory theatre class at City College after moving back to the Bay Area. She calls it a “gestalt moment,” one that “redirected” the rest of her life. From there she got her master’s in set design at San Francisco State, where one of her professors was Mark Jackson, who has since worked with her on 15 professional shows.

Now one of the most sought-after scenic designers in the Bay Area, Ball just started teaching a class at UC Berkeley called Design in Performance, where she counts both English and electrical engineering majors among her students. Her work will next be seen on stage in Octavio Solis’ “Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border,” produced by Word for Word at Z Below, with performances beginning February 22.