Czerton Lim began designing for the stage in high school when he directed a production for a One-Act Festival in Virginia Beach, VA. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Biology from the College of William and Mary, he worked for a few years as a scenic artist for TheatreVirginia in Richmond and started his long and continuing relationship with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse where he served as the scenic charge for three seasons, while also having the opportunity to design a few of their mainstage shows as well. He went back to school to pursue his MFA in Theatre Design at the University of Washington’s School of Drama in Seattle where he worked on a self generated piece by the graduating acting class titled Panophobia, a production of Macbeth set in post Civil War era, and a modernized version of Mother Courage and Her Children where her wagon was updated to a ’53 Chevy truck as his thesis production. Shortly thereafter, he moved to NYC and worked with groups such as the National Asian-American Theatre Company, Columbia University, Theater for the New City, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Storm Theatre, Collaborative Arts Project 21, and Theater Mitu.
Mr. Lim is the recipient of the New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (2008-2009), the Marvin Sims Design Fellowship at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Summer Intensives, as well as having his design work presented at Ming Cho Lee’s Clambake and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. In June 2007, he accompanied his wife on an eye-opening eight month trip around the world. Highlights include; walking 800km across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, the Vienna Opera House performing Mozart’s Requiem in memory of Luciano Pavarotti and the moment of silence that followed it, the whole city of Istanbul, sharing a meal with holy men at a Sikh Temple in Delhi, the sunrise boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi, trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and reaching an elevation of 5,417m, becoming an impromptu “guest of honor” at a village wedding in Cambodia, giving alms each morning to Buddhist monks in Laos, and staring across the DMZ into North Korea, not to mention seeing a number of different theatre, dance, and music performances, museums, houses of worship, and cultural oddities along the way. In February 2011, he traveled to the United Arab Emirates to design NYU-Abu Dhabi’s inaugural production of Chaos, a joint venture with NYC based Theater Mitu. In June 2011, A Number was presented at the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists’ 3rd National Asian American Theater Festival held in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Lim continues to do freelance design while (un)successfully balancing a home life that consists of his talented set/costume designer wife, three very patient cats (and an additional one that refuses to come inside), two very friendly bunnies, and his extremely well adjusted six year old son. He is well into his third year teaching at SUNY Fredonia as the new Assistant Professor of Scenic Design with the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a proud Member of United Scenic Artist local 829 and USITT. He is originally from the Philippines.