Projection Designer and Film Director
David Murakami is a projection designer and film director focused on the union between the cinematic and the theatrical, integrating emerging technologies with traditional stage performance. Past designs include Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold; Opera Parallèle’s Dead Man Walking, Champion, Flight and Little Prince; the American premieres of Anya 17 and Heart of Darkness; and the world premieres of Luis Valdez’s Valley of the Heart and Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness. Recent credits include Philip Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles, the revival of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and Gordon Getty’s Scare Pair at the Kaye Playhouse in New York.
In addition to his work as a designer, Mr. Murakami currently teaches projection design at the University of California, Irvine and works in Los Angeles as an independent film director.