Spotlight on Mary Ellen

headshotMary Ellen Stebbins is collaborating with Pipeline for the very first time this February as lighting designer for Beardo. Recent credits include Orpheus Unsung (Guthrie Theater), Cowboy Bob (Ars Nova), I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr), and Opera Scenes (Manhattan School of Music). Mary Ellen has been a long-time collaborator with Beardo director Ellie Heyman and worked with Ellie, Jason, and Dave on their recent production of LongYarn at the Bushwick Starr. Learn more about Mary Ellen with our interview below, and grab your pre-sale tickets to Beardo today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Mary Ellen Stebbins: I think Rasputin is fascinating and I love how wild and irreverent this story is.  Oh and it’s a stellar team of really talented and awesome people 🙂

PTC: What drew you to lighting design?

MES: A lighting designer is a storyteller and I love telling stories.  It’s also a bit of a puzzle and I like the challenge.

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

MES: Largest library?

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

MES: It’s really cool–who doesn’t want to see a show about crazy Russian mystics and the Romanovs?

PTC: If you could create a tagline for this show, what would it be?

MES: Come get loose with us!