National Drama Assoc President Edwin Erminy passes away
The theatre community ended the year on a sad note with the passing of National Drama Association President Edwin Erminy.
Reports are that Erminy drowned in Grand Riviere.
In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Performing Arts Network said Erminy was an architect and scenographer from Caracas, Venezuela. Up until his passing, he was teaching at the Academy for the Performing Arts of the UTT - The University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Erminy held a Master of Arts (with distinction) from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. During 20 years (1984-2004) he was part of the creative team at the Teatro Teresa Carreño, the most important opera house in his country, where he shared his activities as artistic production manager with the design of opera, dance and ballet productions for the theatre´s resident companies, the statement said.
He was the technical director of the Caracas International Festival of Theatre and the International Festival of Afro-American Traditions, and has designed over a hundred productions for theatre, opera, musicals, dance, ballet and popular music, as well as corporate, fashion and publicity events in Venezuela, Colombia, USA and Trinidad.
In 1999 he founded with the British scenographer Pamela Howard, Opera Transatlantica, a multicultural creation project based in London and Caracas. For Opera Transatlantica he has written two award-winning plays, “Variations on a Baroque Concerto” and “Rondó Adafina, a Sephardic soup in seven movements”
He was also an associate professor of scenic design at the Arts University in Venezuela from 1999 to 2013.
Upon news of his death, many theatre practitioners paid tribute to Erminy.