Meet the Set Designer - Indigo Rael!

August 27, 2018

Indigo Rael is the Set Designer for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES.


A message from Indigo

When Lily approached me about designing this show, I wondered if she would need a creative way to use garbage (my specialty). After reading the script I recognized the need for a quiet background upon which this important story could unfold. Of course I’m sourcing materials that might have been thrown away, and choosing sustainable ways to build and recycle this production. I’m honored to play with these artists, and excited to share the story of a generation discarded by their government. I hope you feel at home in the space we have created, but not comfortable. Like The Madres who did not sit to watch history play out by some (too familiar) authority, I am inspired to speak up for the voices who cannot.


About Indigo Rael

Indigo Rael is an art school drop out who moved to Austin in 2008 to pursue acting. Between stage and film work, she finds opportunities to create visual worlds with props and scenic design. She was a designer for “JOHN” at Hyde Park Theatre, for “STORM STILL” at The Vortex and “Polly Mermaid: Apocalypse Wow!” with Glass Half Full Theatre. Indigo has Art Directed music videos for bands including The Bright Light Social Hour, Golden Bear, and Andain. She has worked as a colorist on the comic book "Couri Vine" illustrated by Leah Lovise. In her daytimes, Indigo coordinates an afterschool program with Creative Action, sharing her multiple disciplines with young leaders of tomorrow. She is passionate about post-consumer waste as an artistic medium, using trash to create the magical mythology around our Great Pacific Garbage Patch with her alter ego Polly Mermaid. Next up she’ll be assistant producing and puppeteering in Glass Half Full Theatre’s workshop production of “The Cucuy Project” at The Dougherty Arts Center.

Please reload

Featured Posts

Meet Weezy - Jennifer Jennings

February 22, 2020

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
Please reload

© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Steve Moore, Tia Boyd, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire


Shrewd Productions is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at


  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean