Award winning, Los Angeles based production designer Kim A. Tolman relocated to the United States from her native Germany in 2001. Originally from the countryside of the North Sea coast not far from the Netherlands border, Kim studied design and was also a journeyman carpenter/furniture maker before moving to Cologne, where she designed for theatre and opera, as well as mounting many shows as a fine arts painter.
After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim designed for stage productions on the both West and East Coasts, from Opera San Jose to the Duke Ellington Theatre in Washington, DC.
Nominated many times, she has been the recipient of several regional awards for her
She is also a noted commercial designer with projects in California and in her native Europe. Recent highlights include exterior and interior design elements for KRAFTWERK, a building outside Zurich, Switzerland.
Kim is considered a pioneer in the production design use of the 3D modeling software Google SketchUp, having authored a case study for a book that was released in France (Créez avec SketchUp: 16 projets, de l'architecture au théâtre). The US version Google SketchUp Workshop: Modeling, Visualizing, and Illustrating was released by Focal Press in December 2010.
With relocation to Los Angeles in 2011, Kim has become immersed in design for themed entertainment, helping to create two new parks set to open in Dubai, and is currently working at Walt Disney Imagineering. She also created the stage set for pop duo The Weepies 2011 U.S. Summer Acoustic Tour, appeared as the onscreen set design expert on the Yahoo! Screen
Kim is a member of United Scenic Artists (USA) Local 829 I.A.T.S.E and Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).
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