ROLE CALL: Irina Portnyagina
"Known for: On Broadway, Portnyagina painted backdrops and sets for Mary Poppins, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, South Pacific, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, and The Book of Mormon, among others. She has also worked on Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and recently worked with set designer Mark Ryden on American Ballet Theatre’s production of Whipped Cream.
What’s next: She is currently working on Richard Hudson’s backdrops for The Lion King’s national tour, and with with designer Beowulf Boritt on the Broadway-bound production of The Honeymooners.
What makes her special: “Irina is a brilliant artist with a range that stretches from architectural rendering, portraits, the human form, and incredible translucent skies,” says Joseph Forbes, founder of Scenic Art Studios. “Her ability to take a design and breathe life into it has also earned her the admiration of many designers."
American Theatre magazine