Visiting Professor of Theater, Set Designer
Office: 117 Hopkins Center
Office Phone: (603) 646-2619
Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili was born on March 2nd, 1941 into a family of architects. After graduating from Tbilisi Art Academy in 1967 where he studied painting, he went on to become an acclaimed artist and set and costume designer for the stage and film. Since then, he has designed sets and costumes for hundreds of performances around the world. His innovative work has been seen on the stages of Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf, Et Cetera Theater in Moscow, Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, Habima National Theatre in Tel Aviv, Mariinsky Theatre for Opera and Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Moscow Art Theatre, Opera National de Bordeaux, Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, NY, Saint Petersburg Big Drama Theater, and the Synetic Theater, Washington, DC. From 1975 to 1992 he was the chief designer for both the Rustaveli Drama Theater and The National Opera in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Alexi-Meskhishvili is a recipient of numerous citations and honors including: "State Prize of USSR" (1979) and three consecutive "Prize for the Best Work of the Year" (1985-1987); "Best Production" recognition at the Edinburgh International Festival for Don Juan (1988); a Felix Award at the Berlin Film Festival for his design of Sergei Paradjanov's film Ashik-Kerib (1989); Critics' Award at the Edinburgh International Festival for Midsummer Night's Dream (1994); "Best Design of the Year" for Carlo Gozzi's Serpentine Woman in Tbilisi, Georgia (1998); and a Helen Hayes Award for the Best Production in 2003 for Hamlet - Rest in Silence at the Synetic Theater in Washington, D.C. He is an Honorary member of the Russian Art Academy, Moscow and an Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia. In addition to his design work, Alexi-Meskhishvili is a recognized artist - his painting and collages have been displayed in numerous galleries, museums and private collections around the world. In 1999 he represented the Republic of Georgia at the Venice Bienalle. Since 1996 he has been a visiting professor of Stage Design at Dartmouth College where he is a recipient of the Dean of Faculty Teaching Award. During his off-term he has been teaching free master classes in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Recently completed projects include the costume and set design for The Tempest at Et Cetera Theater, as well as for King Lear and Don Quixote at Synetic Theater in Washington, DC. He recently represented the Republic of Georgia at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance, Design and Space. He has also had a group exhibition in Paris and Berlin and personal exhibitions for the Tbilisi International Theater Festival in 2011.
Last Updated: 1/24/14