Brave Berlin and CSC

Brave Berlin and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Founding Creative Directors of Blink and LumenoCity join the Creative Team for Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Groundbreaking Production of 1984


Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to announce a collaboration with Dan Reynolds and Steve McGowan of Brave Berlin, the Founding Creative Directors of LumenoCity and Blink, and CSC’s production of 1984 by George Orwell, a new play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.  This regional premiere production will feature a revolutionary multimedia design of light and sound that will create an immersive Orwellian theatrical experience!  This production is generously sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, JR./U.S. Bank Foundation.

“When we programmed 1984 for this season, we knew it was going to be a powerful and relevant experience,” says Producing Artistic Director and Director of 1984, Brian Isaac Phillips.  “And since the technology and surveillance aspect is such a huge part of this story and production, we knew we had to reach out to visionaries like Brave Berlin. Their work in Cincinnati on Blink and LumenoCity was the exact type of groundbreaking storytelling we wanted to do with this production.”

“We continue to be in awe of the creative brilliance behind LumenoCity and Blink that Brave Berlin has brought to Cincinnati,” says Executive Director, Jay Woffington. “By presenting 1984 with Brave Berlin’s multimedia collaboration, we are hoping to give Cincinnatians a new opportunity to experience the awe and beauty of lights and sound projections during this off-year of Blink.”

The immersive experience will begin outside of the theater- on the building and in the windows. “It was important to us that anyone in Cincinnati be able to experience some part of this collaboration,” says Mr. Phillips “and so we hope that people walking down the street in OTR or in the park will look up and see a spectacle that challenges their views of surveillance.”

Steve McGowan of Brave Berlin says “We are constantly looking for experimental work that push creative boundaries in the medium of film and live theater. When we abstractly considered all that is happening in the world right now, tech fear, surveillance paranoia, and the reality of a 24 hour news cycle, we were all in!” Dan Reynolds of Brave Berlin says that “this production will challenge our audience in new ways – emotionally and physically. The story is already so relevant and visceral, that when you tell it with an innovative multimedia experience like the one we will be creating- let’s just say I hope folks are ready!”

Behind the Scenes

Check out a few behind the scenes photos of the work being created by Brave Berlin and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to be used in the media design for "1984".

Photos by Brave Berlin.