IZMIR ICKBAL is a US-based stage designer originally from Singapore. Born of Malay, Portuguese and Peranakan-Chinese parentage, Izmir uses his identity crisis as a persistent source to seek truth and authenticity in his work. At a young age, his life completely changed after he read that famous quote by Michelangelo, "I saw an angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free". Today he believes perfection can be found in every work he does; every project, and every design. His New York City design credits include Happy Days starring Diane Wiest (Theater For A New Audience), Twelfth Night (Irondale Center, New School), The Late Wedding and 1001 (Teatro LATEA, Columbia Stages), The Taming of Cats (Brick Theater). Other credits include Big River: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Unquowa Repertory Theater), Happy Days (Yale Repertory Theater), Deer and the Lovers, and The Troublesome Reign of King John (Yale School of Drama), Cloud Tectonics, Touch (Yale Cabaret); Dairyland, and The Guadalupe (Chautauqua Theater Company); Nanyang: the musical (International Festival of Arts, Singapore), Yusof, The Gunpowder Trail, Hearth (The Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore); Nadirah, Charged and Not Counted (Teater Ekamatra, Singapore). Izmir holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and a BA from the National University of Singapore.