Matt Grenier

Technical Director | Designer | Fabricator

Disgraced Shiva

Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced calls for a statue of Shiva on the set. The character Amir has received the statue from a friend who mistook him for Indian although he is Pakistani. Scenic designer John Bagby selected a statue of Shiva Nataraja, which combines the Hindu god’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe all in one figure.

To create the statue for the show, a free model was downloaded, modified, and 3D printed. The source model was produced by Geoffrey Marchal, who photographed a 13th century bronze statue at a museum in Belgium and used photogrammetry software to generate a rough 3D model.

Role: Prop Fabricator, ATD

by Ayad Akhtar
SUNY Oneonta, November 2019
Directed by John McCaslin-Doyle
Assistant Direction by Emily Kramer
Scenic Design by John Bagby
Props Coordination by Dan Lynch
Lighting Design by Stephen Wilson
Technical Direction by Scott Segar