Wednesday, September 03, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- A coveted gold statuette was placed in the hands of SF State alumna Chikako Suzuki, for Outstanding Art Direction of the Showtime series “House of Lies” at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards August 16. Suzuki graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from SF State in 2001 and pursued her Master’s degree in scenic design from the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Suzuki said that she learned a lot from Carnegie’s program, but that she acquired much of her knowledge and skills from the professors at SF State. “I owe so much to professors at the (Theatre Arts) Department,” Suzuki said. “State has so many incredible professors. If you go to other places you will notice that the professors (at SF State) are really good, so students should take advantage of that,” she said. Suzuki entered SF State with the intention of studying costume design, but changed her career path after enrolling in a set design class with Professor John Wilson.