John Boesche

Spring and Summer 2020

Media designer John Boesche unveiled his 7 soliloquies on March 23, a multi-part projection piece that captures seven significant Chicago theater artists in brief solo performances. In addition to performers, the work features prominent composers, sound and scenic designers, puppeteers and visual artists, creating a celebration of Chicago's diverse theater community. Boesche unveiled the final acts of 7 soliloquies on June 21.

Gallery

Works & Experience

St. James Infirmary

creator & performer: Blair Thomas
marionettes & puppet theater: Blair Thomas
music and all instrumental performances: Blair Thomas
sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation: Erin Pleake & Joe Burke
additional art and direction: John Boesche

Rightlynd

author: Ike Holter
performer: Robert Cornelius
original art: Stacey Robinson
original music & sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation & direction: John Boesche

La Havana Madrid

song: No Dejen Que Te Quiten Tu Historia
composer & author: Sandra Delgado
performer: Sandra Delgado
congas: Guiro Acevedo
sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation: Joe Burke
direction: John Boesche​

To Be In Love

writer: Gwendolyn Brooks
performer: Cheryl Lynn Bruce
original art: Kerry James Marshall
© Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artists and Jack Shainmann Gallery, New York
original music & sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation & direction: John Boesche​

The Tempest

author: Williamm Shakespeare
performer: Nick Sandys
original music & sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation: Joe Burke & John Boesche
direction: John Boesche

Smokefall

author: Noah Haidle
performer: Mike Nussbaum
original art: Yeaji Kim
original music & sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation: Erin Pleake & Joe Burke
direction: John Boesche

solo ensemble

writer, original music & performer: Julia Rhoads
sound design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
animation: Joe Burke & John Boesche
additional art & direction: John Boesche

From Broadway theater productions to performances by premiere dance companies, John Boesche is an acclaimed Chicago-based media designer with a diverse creative background. Locally, he has worked on productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre and many more. He has also worked on dozens of productions nationwide, including “The Glass Menagerie” on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre. Since 2012, Boesche has been Chair of Digital Media for Live Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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