Sven Ortel

The University of Texas at Austin

Sven Ortel is a projection designer who works internationally and nationally creating projections and imagery for theatre, opera, dance, musicals and beyond.

His work has been recognized with a Tony Award nomination in 2012 for Disney’s Newsies and in 2014 with a Drama Desk nomination for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In the last 18 years, Ortel's work has been seen all over the world. His range of collaborators comprises some of the most established and celebrated theater artist.
Notable designs include Complicite’s A Disappearing Number at LCF 2010 and 2010 World Tour, Swan Lake for San Francisco Ballet, the the Kirov Ring Cycle under maestro Valerie Gergiev in St.Petersburg, Russia and the Royal Opera House, the musical Rebecca in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, Newsies at the Papermill Playhouse and Broadway, the off-broadway production of Carrie and Julie Taymor’s Midsummer Nights’s Dream in Brooklyn.
Recent designs include Mat Franco’s Las Vegas Residency Magic Reinvented Nightly, Mary Page Marlow at Steppenwolf theater, Svadba at The festival de Aix En Provence and Roman Holiday at the Golden Gate theater in SF.
Broadway design credits incl. Jumpers, Faith Healer, Deuce, The Little Mermaid, Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Wonderland and Newsies.
To foster the future of his profession, Sven mentors young projection designers gives master classes and has created an online resource for projection design (
At the University of Texas at Austin Sven leads the area of Integrated Media which is part of the MFA in Design and Technology at the Department of Theater and Dance as well as the undergraduate PLAI area at the School for Design and Creative Technology which focuses on the convergence of lighting, projection, media, and interactivity.

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