Bas Bleu Theatre/People's Art Theatre
Zhanna Gurvich has been advocating for the Arts and arts professionals for over 30 years. She is a multifaceted arts professional who has designed and developed hundreds of events: funky performance art pieces in Greenwich Village, lavish Broadway musicals, industrials in Las Vegas, and Hollywood films. She brings her unique point of view, skills, and passion to every negotiation and every event…ask any Fort Collins 5th grader who had the best birthday party of 2019 (except the losers on the Hufflepuff team, don’t ask them).
As an award-winning designer she has developed visual worlds for The Susan Marshall Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ballet Hispanico at the Joyce Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, and the Juilliard Theatre. Also in NYC, Zhanna won an HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design for her work on La Llorona. Since moving to Fort Collins, Zhanna and husband, Roger Hanna (also teaching on this voyage), have been included in Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ “Creative Couples” list.
Zhanna’s Broadway credits include smash hits starring John Lithgow, Whoopie Goldberg, Bernadette Peters, and David Hyde Pierce. On the big screen, she helped design The Replacements (starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman) and won recognition for her production designs of films featured in The American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and the Showtime Black Filmmaker Showcase.
Zhanna teaches management for the CSU LEAP program and design classes for the CSU School of Music, Theatre and Dance. She has worked on numerous negotiating committees for United Scenic Artists. She is Production Manager at Bas Bleu Theatre and General Manager at the newly founded People’s Art Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado whose mission is to “affect social change through theatre that challenges social norms.”
Zhanna’s first world voyage was moving from Soviet Russia to the United States by way of Austria and Italy when she was seven. She has travelled extensively since. She uses the insights and experiences she gains abroad to inform and enliven her work. Zhanna’s favorite part of traveling is sharing it with her kids who join her on this voyage. One of her most cherished experiences was climbing the Eiffel Tower with her 4-year-old son (she might have had to carry him some of the way). At 12 and 18, perhaps her children can carry her if the Great Wall has too many stairs.
Zhanna is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, and holds a BFA in Studio Art from Clark University and an MFA in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University. Visit www.zhannag.com to see some of her work.