Merle DeWitt III

Lighting & Projections Designer
VIDEO Editor

Suite New Orleans

part of the Carnival de Danzas Concert

Produced by UT El Paso
Venue: UT El Paso Wise Family Theatre, El Paso, TX
Choreographed by Myron Howard Nadel
Costumes Designed by Crystal Herman
Sound Designed by Patrick Carrillo
Original Artwork by Crystal Herman
Properties Designed by Olivia Fuentes
Production Stage Manager: Sofia Perez Lopez

Design Statement
Suite New Orleans was a commentary on the historic past of New Orleans. To help transport our El Paso audience to New Orleans I collaborated with one of our UTEP faculty members, Crystal Herman. Crystal painted the backdrops for this piece. I then took high-resolution scans which I digitally animated and used for our projection content. On the lighting end, I was responsible for helping create the many worlds of New Orleans's history. I used my lighting rig to move us from the bayou at night, to a bar centuries later, then to the middle of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that followed.