Theatre Lighting Design
Trui Malten is a set and lighting designer living in Cambridge, UK.
Her main interest is in the rhythm of the theatrical space, be it expressed in light, sets or the movement of the actors within.
When the corona virus hit she was preparing for the production of Tamerlano by the Cambridge Handel Opera Company. It would have been her second design collaboration with director Dionysios Kyropoulos. They had worked together on the opera Strange Ghost by composer David Earl in 2015. It is now scheduled to perform in 2022.
Earlier in 2020 her design for I Will Be Everything, the NIE show directed by Alex Byrne, toured Europe. It is based on stories from 8-12 year olds about their future 50 years from now. Other shows she lit for NIE are Snow White, and Beauty and The Beast, which started in Cambridge and toured to the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and the New Victory in NYC. In Palermo Trui collaborated with directors Matteo Bavera & Thea Dellavalle on the production Euthalia by Louisa Stella.
Trui Malten also lights for dance and performance pieces. Most recently she premiered Nora, a new ballet choreographed by Stina Quagebeur for the English National Ballet. Earlier that season she designed Ms. Quagebeur’s Vera for the ENB, both at London’s Saddlers Wells.
She has worked with the artist Caroline Wright on Breath Control, years ago at the Cambridge Junction and in it’s latest incarnation at the Coronet in London. In Valencia she lit Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts, directed by Willy Decker.
Together with the performer Adie Mueller, Trui developed and designed My Heart, My Heart, Live Poetry Jukebox, a poetry performance project that has been touring the UK. www.livepoetryjukebox.com
Over the years she has been assisting on transfers of productions from the US to London, Naples, Vienna with lighting designers Jennifer Tipton, Chris Akerlind and Steve Strawbridge. She assisted Christophe Forey on the Cecilia Bartoli tour of Norma.
Ms. Malten studied lighting design with Jennifer Tipton and set design with Ming Cho Lee at the Yale School of Drama. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1993. Trui Malten is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers: www.ald.org.uk