Chika Shimizu

Chika Shimizu, Yale School of Drama

Chika Shimizu is a scenic designer, living passionately for theatre, opera, dance, and music. Born in Japan and raised in an embroidery factory with her family, a love for stories inspired her in becoming a children’s book writer. After obtaining a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Design and Technical Production from California State University, Fullerton, Chika finds being a scenic designer the most exciting opportunity in expressing her imagination through her craftsmanship.

Chika is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where she designed the sets for THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Yale Rep); TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL, THE VISIT (Yale School of Drama), and DON’T BE TOO SURPRISED, MUZEUM (Yale Cabaret). Her other credits include ORDINARY DAYS (Imagined Life Theatre); CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Artists at Play); ROMEO AND JULIET, TARTUFFE and a number of dance theatre pieces (CSUF).

Chika is also a freelance illustrator and handcraft card artist.

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle | Chika Shimizu

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Yale Repertory Theatre | University Theatre
Director: Liz Diamond | Composer: David Lang | Choreographer: Randy Duncan | Lighting: Stephen Strawbridge | Costume: Soule Golden


The Visit (2013) | Chika Shimizu

The Visit (2013)
Yale School of Drama | Iseman Theatre
Director: Cole Lewis | Lighting Caitlin Smith Rapoport | Costume: Montana Blanco | Projection: Kristen Ferguson


Twelfth Night or, What You Will | Chika Shimizu

Twelfth Night or, What You Will (2014)
Yale School of Drama | Iseman Theatre
Director: Jesica Holt | Lighting: Elizabeth Mak | Costume: Seth Bodie


Gianni Schicchi |Chika Shimizu

Gianni Schicchi
1/4″ color model | Scenic and Costume Design