jacob t. middleton, aia


    10. breaking character
    09. cruising rhyolite
    08. performitory
    07. purple plushy catwalk
    06. holly haus
    05. chronicles out west
    04. at journey’s end
    03. made in asherton
    02. intakes/outtakes
    01. a sanctuary
    05. sashayed away
    04. the vanya project
    03. topdog/underdog
    02. drowning
    01. the tempest


  1. jacob t. middleton is a Texas native based in New York City. he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and has studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Department of Design for Stage & Film. his work has been featured by Columbia University School of the Arts, Spectacular+Texas Architect Magazine, ISSUE by UTSOA, and Archisource.
  2. jacob is an architect at Dattner Architects. previously he has collaborated with Bates Masi ArchitectsClickspring Designdots, Overlay Office, and Magic Architecture, among others.
  3. he is interested in creating work at a variety of scales that investigates performance, explores bad taste, embraces low culture, and questions existing typologies.


  1. jtmidd2021(at)gmail (dot) com
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sashayed away

a drag parody musical of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

sashayed away, a parody of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Spirited Away (2001) follows ten year old Chihiro as she inadvertently enters a Japaense spirit realm. After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

sashayed away’s scenic elements draw inspiration from the original animated film while embracing queer references and drag aesthetics. the size restrictions of the venue required that set elements have mulitpurpose use, and project budget dictated a conservative palette of materials and finishes. from these constraints, an approach to put economical materials “in drag” was derived as the conceptual underpinning of the project. cardboard, xps foam, paper, and other affordable materials received application of paint, glitter, rhinestones, and/or projection to enhance their visual presence onstage. by investigating the overlap between the mundane and the expressive, questions arise:

can cardboard be dusted? 

is polyethylene sickening boots?
project information
location: c’mon everybody, brooklyn, new york
date: 2024
type: scenic design, fabrication, set dressing, produced

project team: jacob t. middleton, sydney lohkamp, ania yee-boguinskaia

produced by: shia ho
choreography: david g. lee
photos: sydney lohkamp

production photos

1/2” scale model

plan oblique


catalogue of scenic elements

worm’s-eye furnace detail

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