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Design Bios

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Recent BA Alumni Designers

Iowa MFA Designers, Present

MFA ’19 (Costumes & Scenic Design)
BS '16 State University of New York at Oneonta (Theatre Arts)

Akeem is a third year MFA Design candidate. Akeem is originally from Schenectady, New York. He received his Bachelors of Science in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta). Akeem will be expanding his design portfolio as the year progresses. Akeem continues to explore his passion of design and performance, along with makeup, and hair dressing.

In the past year Akeem has been the Costume Designer of A Kingdom Jack'D, I am Pretty Bird and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England.  Akeem also worked with Loyce Arthur as her Assistant Costume Designer on the Spring 2017 production of Welcome to Thebes. Akeem has also spent his time at the Potsdam Music Theatre on shows such as Chicago and Into The Woods.

The University of Iowa's design program was a rigorous and exhilarating experience. I felt myself being challenged to widen my horizons while focusing in on the specific skill-sets that I needed. The constant opportunity to design realized productions prepared me to face the demands of working outside of the University. I deeply enjoyed each and every class I was able to take; they all pushed me to develop my designer's eye and fluency in a visual language. The mentorship of our professors is incredible, they each pour so much time and energy into their students in the classroom, in design assignments, and in our lives. I would highly recommend this program for anyone looking to gain a thorough understanding of design and the practical skills needed to make it your career.
Amanda Quivey, MFA '10

MFA ’21 (Lighting, Scenic & Media Design)
BA ’11 Flordia Southern College (Theatre & Mathematics)

Nick is a first year MFA Design candidate. Over the past few years Nick has been a freelance designer and electrician in Chicago, IL. Some of his light design credits include Row After Row with The Comrades, In the Wake with The Comrades, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with the Saint Sebastian Players. Prior to moving to Chicago, Nick was a math teacher in Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. in Theater with a minor in Mathematics from Florida Southern College.

MFA ’21 (Lighting & Media Design)
BA ’12 Southern Oregon University (Theatre)

Since completing her BFA in 2012, Kimberly has been traveling the world visiting various ports of call whilst furthering her career in stage lighting. Kimberly began her career at sea as a Lighting Apprentice with Celebrity Cruises, then accepted the role of the Assistant Manager Production – Lighting with P&O Cruises.  With this UK based cruise company she enjoyed the opportunity to be apart of the Britannia build team, supervising the installment of the entertainment lighting equipment throughout the nine venues onboard.  After departure from the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy she set sail living onboard the vessel for three more years. During her leaves she continued working in the San Francisco Bay area as a Lighting Designer and Electrician.  This fall at the University of Iowa, she will be the Assistant Lighting Designer for Northanger Abby.

MFA ’20 (Lighting, Scenic & Media Design)
BA '07 Centenary College of Louisiana (Theatre)

Link to Courtney's website.

Courtney is a first year MFA designer from Shreveport, Louisiana. After working as a freelance lighting designer for nearly a decade, Courtney decided to return to academia to further her art and pursue new techniques in lighting and projection design.

Previous lighting design credits include The Shreveport Opera's Fiddler on the Roof and Cosi fan Tutte, River City Repertory Theatre's Grey Gardens, Venus in Fur, and Bus Stop, and many other theatres in the Northwest Louisiana area.

MFA ’19 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BA ’14 Concordia College (Theatre Arts)
BA ’14 Concordia College (Psychology, Women’s Studies)

Link to Lindsey's website.

Lindsey is a third year MFA design candidate at the University of Iowa from Avon, Minnesota. She is a She is a 2014 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she obtained a degree in psychology and theatre art, with an emphasis in directing and special focus in women’s studies.  After graduation, Lindsey shifted her focus to design and worked as a freelance designer in the Fargo, North Dakota area.

Recent design credits at the University of Iowa include costume design for Fun Home, Aurora Fra Bergen, or IBSANITY (NPF ‘17), and Ghost Limb (Premiere).  Assistant costume design credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, and Rome Sweet Rome (Premiere).   Recent scenic design credits include Shoe (NPF ‘18), and Found (Premiere).  Upcoming credits include costume design for Sunday in the Park with George, The Maids and a New Play Festival ’19 production

In the summer of 2017, Lindsey was the recipient of the Erik Ulfers/Margaret Hall Scholarship and the Stanley Graduate Award for International Research. With this funding, she traveled to Japan to work with the Yokohama Theatre Group as a production designer and collaborator on a new work, The Outliers.  This past summer, Lindsey worked as the costume intern for William Ivey Long studios as a part of the team for Tootsie, a new Broadway musical.

MFA '20 (Costume & Makeup Design)
BA '17 Stockton University (Theatre Design & Production)
BFA '17 Stockton University (Sculpture)

Chelsea is a first year MFA design candidate at the University of Iowa from Bayville, NJ.  She earned her BA in Theatre Design & Production and BFA in Sculpture from Stockton University in 2017. She has previously worked with Chrysalis Staging as a Stage Manager and Costume Designer, and the Cumberland County Playhouse as a Scenic Artist. This year she will be the costume assistant on the University of Iowa’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, scenic and costume design The Dybbuk of Dachau, and a NPF '18 design.

While in University of Iowa's MFA design program, I was given the freedom to develop my own perspective and interests as a designer. The professors were a real inspiration to me; the design faculty was so skilled and so generous with their time.  My best resource was the other students.  We created a community in which we bounced ideas off each other, shared information and pushed each other to be the best we could be.  I graduated with solid and practical skills that assisted me in finding professional work.
Ellen Alphoso, MFA '09

MFA ’20 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA’ 06 University of Trinidad and Tobago (Performing Arts)

Zamora Simmons is a second-year MFA design candidate from Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated with her BFA in the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago Academy for the Performing Arts.

She was Key Costume, Hair and Makeup for Pendulum, a feature film by Michael Rochford which was released nationwide in Trinidad and Tobago in 2017.

Summer 2018 she was the Costume Designer for Nolte Academy Productions for the Emmy Nominated Musical Side Show.

At UI, she was the assistant costume designer for Fun Home and Seven Homeless Mammoths in the 2017 – 2018 season and costume designer for the premieres of Found by Margot Conolly and Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta in Spring 2018.

This year, she will be costume designing her first mainstage for UI’s production of  Sarah DeLappes’ The Wolves in the spring as well as designing a NPF ’19 production.

MFA ’20 (Lighting & Media Design)
BA ’15 (Music)

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Will got his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Theatre from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. While at Morehead State, Will played low brass in the Concert Band, Jazz I Ensemble, and multiple other ensembles in the Music department, as well as being heavily involved in acting, dancing, and technical work in the Theatre & Dance departments. In the summers of 2011-2013, Will toured the country playing baritone and euphonium with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. After graduating from Morehead State in 2015, Will worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as an Entertainment Lighting & Pyro Technician, most notably doing the Wishes Fireworks and installing/opening the Happily Ever After Night Time Spectacular at Magic Kingdom and The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Night Time Spectacular at Animal Kingdom among other things at Disney. In the summer of 2018, Will is going to be on staff at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas.


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Design Project for THE THREE SISTERS, Josh Christoffersen

Iowa BA Designers, Present & Recent

B.A. '18

Link to Ted's website

Ted is a Lighting and Projections Designer from Iowa City Iowa, currently living in New York City. During his time at the University of Iowa, Ted designed lights for several gallery productions as well as the Mainstage A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ted also worked with projections both as a programmer and designer for nine other galleries, as well as many galas, and installations.

Credits outside the University include designing for City Circle, and Nolte Dance Academy. Most notably City Circle's Next To Normal, winning the 2017 United States Vectorworks Entertainment Design Scholarship for his design and use of the Vectorworks suite.

After graduation, Ted worked as an Electrics Intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2018. There, he worked as the Programmer on the Premiere of The Closet with Matthew Broderick - Lighting by Japhy Weideman.

Next, Ted will be working in the City as a freelance Lighting and Projection Designer / Programmer.

BA '18

At Iowa, Ellen was the lighting designer the Ten Minute Play Festival; assistant stage manager for TRICH (NPF '15); light board operator for Crescendo, Falls for Jodie, and American Idiot; and sound board and video operator forStriking 12. Ellen was also the assistant lighting designer for Iphigenia Crash Land Falls in the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable). Prior to entering the University, Ellen served in a variety of roles for numerous productions at Hanson Auditorium in Manchester, Iowa.

BA ‘16

Hiram graduated from the University of Iowa with interest in costume design, playwriting and directing. Hiram designed costumes for Falls for Jodie and Sea of Trees for the University of Iowa and was also the costume designer for Jezelle the Gazelle with the American Theatre Company. He was the assistant costume designer on Slaughter City and Striking 12 and is currently the costume designer on Silo Tree (NPF ‘15). He will design costumes for Damn Yankees with Iowa City Community Theatre this upcoming fall. As a playwright, his full-length Role Models received a workshop production in November 2014, and his ten-minute play Tiras, After Death was featured as a reading during the 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festival. As a director, Hiram has directed two ten-minute plays for the 2014 and 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festivals and also directed The Stoddard Stud House in March 2015.

BA '18

Jacob graduated from the Univeristy of Iowa studying Theatre Arts and Computer Science. Jacob started his design work at Iowa with sound design for Great Emergencies (NPF '16). He was the sound designer for Mr Burns: a post-electric play and will be sound designer for The Crucible and The Dybbuk of Dachau during the 2017-18 season. Additionaly, Jacob is working in areas of lighting, scenic and projection/media design. Jacob is also an undergraduate stage manager and has worked as an ASM in the 2017 New Play Festival and was the ASM for By The Way, Meet Vera Stark in the 2017-18 season.

BA '17

Hoejeong graduated with interests in lighting design/directing/playwriting. She will designed lighting for two galleries, which includes Love Me Tender, Che Guevara and Feminnal. She loves every aspect of theatre. Her other work besides design includes acting in one gallery show and Farmer Jane’s Haunted Romance Farm in the 2015 Ten-minute Play Festival.  She also directed Incommunicado for the 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festival Reading Series.

Recent BA Alumni Designers


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"Copenhagen" Design by Kevin Loeffler


Iowa MFA Designers, Past

MFA '09 (Costume Design)

Since graduating, Ellen has relocated to Southern Oregon.  She is a Costume and Wardrobe Technician for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and designs at the Camelot Theater, where she is also the costume supervisor.  Recent designs include GypsyI'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, The Sunshine Boys (Camelot Theater), End Days (Ashland Contemporary Theater), Anything Goes, Evita, and My Fair Lady (New London Barn Playhouse).  In addition to her costume work, Ellen is one of Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Teaching Artists.  While at Iowa, Ellen costume designed Kid Simple, The Three Sisters, and The Piano Lesson, as well as numerous dance productions.

MFA '04 (Costume Design)
BA Western Michigan

Link to Renee's website.

Reneé M. Bell just joined the faculty at the University at Albany-SUNY.  Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Marietta College, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, and the Craft Supervisor at the University of Texas, Austin.  She just finished designing The Music Man, Baskerville, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee here at Weathervane Playhouse. She recently designed costumes for The Rocky Horror Show, The Glass Menagerie, and Real Girls Can’t Win! as well as several other productions for Marietta College. She continues to design shows for regional and summer stock theatres including Weathervane Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, Riverside Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, and Shakespeare by the River. She designed costumes for the independent feature film, Splatter: Love, Honor, Paintball. She recently worked on the short lived Broadway production, Scandalous. She has worked as a Milliner on such Broadway shows as Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, The Lion King and The Pajama Game. She is a freelance costumer with Celebrity Cruise Lines. 

MFA '12 (Costume Design)
BS '08 Troy University (Communication Arts)

While attending Iowa, Brittany designed costumes for In the Night, Big Love, Achillies, The Boy in Black, Humbaba, and Ondine.  She has worked for Iowa Summer Repertory as a Scenic Artist, as well as designed costumes for Lost in Yonkers and Sherlock’s Last Case. After graduation Brittany moved to Chicago. She currently works as the costume designer/shop manager for Northbrook Theatre and is a proud Strawdog Theatre Company member. In the last two years, she has designed 32 shows and her most recent design credits include Hair (American Theatre Company), Great Expectations, Charles Ives Take Me Home, Big Love, and The Arsonists (Strawdog Theatre), Tintypes (Open Door Rep), HMS Pinafore (G&S Society), and Dreams of Antigone (College of Dupage). In Brittany's copious amounts of free time, you can find her doing crafts artisan and scenic art work as well.

MFA '09 (Costume Design)

Link to Becky's website.

Costume Design Faculty and Costume Shop Supervisor at Fordham University.  Becky teaches Makeup and Wigs as well as Fashion Techniques and Design Production.  New York Design Credits include: The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (La Mama/Theatre Ma-yi/Children's Theatre Minneapolis), Chairs and a Long Table and Livin' La Vida Imelda (Theatre Mayi), This Lingering Life (HERE), The Strangest (HERE Culturemart), Alondra Was Here (The Wild Project), Olives and Blood (HERE).  Becky is the resident costume designer at Trevor Day School, and designs frequently at Fordham including Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Anon(ymous) and Bulrusher. Regionally she frequently designs at the New London Barn Playhouse and is the Resident Costume Designer for Vermont Shakespeare Company.  Becky is also a wig and makeup designer, as well as occasional craftsperson.  She is also the winner of Best Design for the 2014 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition, representing Once the Musical.

MFA '12 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA '09 Hope College (Communications, Theatre minor)

Link to Lisa's website.

Being able to have a focus in two design areas was an amazing, and unique experience at Iowa. My own students often have more than one design interest and I encourage them to keep pursuing their varied interests; it really makes them better overall designers and theatrical artists. Even though I only design scenery at UM-Flint, when I guest lecture in their costume history class or am teaching figure drawing in their intro classes, they look at me as proof that it does benefit to have those skills in my back pocket at all times.
Lisa Borton, MFA '12

While at Iowa, Lisa designed costumes for productions of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)Antigone 2.0, as well as the scenery for Ondine. Lisa is currently in her fifth year as a lecturer and the resident scenic designer at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she designs 4 productions a year and teaches a variety of theatrical design courses with a specialty in scenic art. She has been the staff props painter at the Santa Fe Opera, the Scenic Charge Artist at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, and a scenic artist at the Cleveland Play House. She designs professionally at the Flint Youth Theatre. Upcoming work for UM-Flint includes a scenic design for Charles Mee's Big Love and costume design for The Importance of Being Earnest. 

MFA '09 (Lighting & Projections Design)

Adam has spent the last 3 years touring with Feld Entertainment as a Head Electrician.  He has toured with 4 different productions of Disney on Ice and Disney Live visiting over 120 cities, and bringing smiles to over a million faces all over the world.  Most recently he completed a tour of Brazil with Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show, France/Ireland with Disney Live: Mickey's Rockin' Road Show, and Ecuador with Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove.  He is currently touring the United States with Treasure Trove as the Head Electrician and Assistant Production Stage Manager.

MFA ’14 (Costume Design)
BS ‘11 Illinois State University (Costume Design)

Link to Emily's website.

Emily Bushá is currently serving as Director of the Costume Shop at Ball State University. Emily holds a B.S. in Costume Design from Illinois State University and an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Iowa. Emily's designs for University of Iowa include Lady MThe Imaginary Invalid, and Absurd Person Singular. During her time at University of Iowa Emily enjoyed working with Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre's where she designed costumes for their production of The Bad Seed, The Who's Tommy, and Respect: A Musical Journey of Women. Emily is originally from the Quad Cities and enjoys working with Quad City Theatre Workshop. Costume Designs include Red, Private Eyes and How I Learned to Drive. Emily recently designed costumes for Fourth Wall Films' production of Sons and Daughters of Thunder  which will premier Fall 2015 at The Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theatre. Most recently Emily designed costumes for Ball State University's production of A Raisin in the Sun.

MFA ’17 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
BA '14 Cornell College (Theatre)

Link to Alex's website.

Alex Casillas is a scenic and lighting designer now based in Chicago, IL. After receiving her degree, Alex spent a year at PCPA: Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria, CA as Assistant Scenic Designer working on shows such as Fences, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence and Mamma Mia. This past summer she designed six shows as the Lighting Designer/Master Electrician at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL. Among her favorite credits there are The Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is currently designing scenery for both An Oak Tree at Theatre Red Chicago as well as The Revolutionists at Strawdog Theatre.  Her Iowa credits include scenic design for squeeze: A Motel Play, Sonia and Vanya and Masha and Spike, and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) as well as lighting design for Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Aurora Fra Bergen (or Ibsanity) and Hattie Mae's Juke Joint. She is currently serving as Scenic Consultant on the 2018-2019 Graduate Directing Projects and will be returning this spring to design the lighting and scenery for Martin Zimmerman's Seven Spots on the Sun.

MFA '10 (Lighting & Scenic Design)
MS Grand Valley State University in Communications
BFA University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in Theater

Link to Paul's website.

Paul has been recently named Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant after five years on the faculty at College of Charleston. As resident scenic and lighting designer for the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts, Paul designs four productions each academic year. Paul is also active in professional and academic theatres outside of the University. Recent professional designs include The Realistic Joneses at Pure Theatre in Charleston Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville SC and Enchanted April at Charleston Southern University. 2016-17 designs at CMU include A Chorus Line, Doubt and Pericles.

MFA '15 (Scenic Design, Puppet Design)
BFA '07 Emporia State University

Link to Josh's website.

Josh is currently working as a Carpenter for Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Originally from Leavenworth, KS he has earned a BFA in Theatre Arts from Emporia State University in Kansas and his MFA in Scenic Design at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa Josh designed scenery for The Liar, Striking 12, The Imaginary Invalid, and Pocketful of Sand among other new works, and costumes for Below the Pacific (NPF '15). Josh has also worked with Riverside Theatre's Theatre in The Park, Revival Theatre Company in Cedar Rapids, and The Breadloaf School of English in Middlebury, VT. Currently Josh also works as a frellance Scenic Artist for the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and is designing Stupid F*@#ing Bird at Wilbury Group THeatre in Providence, Rhode Island.

MFA ’16 (Scenic Design, Lighting/Projection Design)
BFA ’13 University of Utah (Performing Arts Design Program: Scenic Design)

Kevin is currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory & Henry College.  At EHC he designed lighting for the world premier of Tim Miller’s Rooted & Home Body.  He is also designing scenery and lighting for Rocky Horror Show.

While in Iowa Kevin designed sets for Riverside Theatre’s Red, Cyrano and Shipwrecked! (Iowa City). Concurrently with his training at Iowa, Kevin was an adjunct instructor at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) where he also designed scenery and lighting for Memphis.

At University of Iowa, Kevin designed scenery for Food and Fadwa, Lady from the Sea, Crescendo (University of Iowa - Partnership in the Arts); Good Kids, Absurd Person Singular (mainstage productions); Silo Tree (New Play Festival '15); Swordplay (New Play Festival ‘14); Pvt. Wars; and Desire Caught by the Tail; and lighting design for Baltimore, Fur, The Playwright and Cut & Run (New Play Festival '16) .

Kevin has designed for several companies in the Salt Lake market. He also co-founded Kensington Theatre Company (South Jordan, Utah), where he served as the resident designer and technical director for 5 seasons and over 20 productions.  Kevin’s designs include: Spring Awakening, Vernon God Little (University of Utah); Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde (Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah); Once Upon a Mattress, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Last Five Years (Salt Lake Shakespeare); Sideshow; What the Bellhop Saw and August of Osage County (Utah Repertory Theatre).

MFA ’16 (Costume Design, Lighting Design)
BFA ’11 Florida International University (Theatre)

After graduation Angelina Esposito returned to south Florida to continue her career as a teacher and freelance designer. Her most recent costume design was the world premiere of Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts by Christopher Demos-Brown produced by Zoetic Stage. Since graduating she has designed Zoetic Stage’s productions of: After, Topdog/Underdog, and Sunday in the Park With George, the last of which has received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Angelina also works closely with Main Street Playhouse and has designed several productions over the years, most recently: Real Women Have Curves, The Underpants and La Pasion de Antigonia Perez, which recieved the Premios Teatro Award for Best Costume Design.

Angelina adjuncts and designs at New World School of the Arts, University of Miami and Florida International University.

During her studies at Iowa, Angie designed costumes for Arcadia, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Striking 12, The Liar, Waterbound, The Playwright, Pocketful of Sand and Swordplay; as well as Assistant Costume Designed for mainstage productions of The Imaginary Invalid and Makeover: A New Musical.

Angelina also designed lighting for Trich (New Play Festival ‘15), Great Emergencies (New Play Festival ‘16) and Of Seeing and Of Being (Dance Thesis ‘16).

MFA '13 (Lighting & Costume Design)
BFA '09 University at Buffalo (Costume Design)

Link to Jess' website.

Jess is a Chicago-based freelance lighting and costume designer. In Chicago, she has designed lights for Promethean Theatre Ensemble (The Lion in Winter, Eurydice), The Actors Gym, City Lit (J.B.), and Profiles (Our New Girl). Chicago costume design credits include the side project (Lysistrata), and Northbrook Theatre (Junie B Jones the Musical, Cinderella, Shrek, Stellaluna). Other post graduate credits include Riverside Theatre (A Christmas Carol, Housebroken), City Circle (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast), Davenport Junior Theatre (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Quad Cities Theatre Workshop (How I Learned to Drive, True West), Penobscot Theatre Company (Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale, The Honky Tonk Angels), Theatreworks (Colorado Springs; Little Shop of Horrors), Birmingham Children's Theatre (The Three Musketeers), University of Northern Iowa (HAIR), and Hollins University (Fall and Spring Dance Concerts 2016-2019). Jess also designed lighting for three seasons of Iowa Summer Rep (2012-13, 2017). She returned to campus for the 2017/18 season to design lighting for The Crucible and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and scenery for Seven Homeless Mammoths and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. While she was a student, Jess's lighting designs included The Cherry Orchard, Big Love, Landless, The Aurora Project, Faculty/Graduate Dance 2011, Lady M, Lifescapes Dance Concert; she also designed costumes for the Partnership in the Arts production, Out of the Pan Into the Fire.

MFA ‘16 (Lighting/Projection Design, Scenic Design)
BA ‘13 Lehigh University (Theatre)

Link to Lucas' website.

Lucas is a freelance Art Director and Designer, based in New York City.  He has worked on the Super Bowl Halftime Show; CMA Country Christmas; The Tony Awards, the 2016 Democratic National Convention; and The MTV VMAs.  He has also worked as an event designer for Pandora’s Artist Series, and an Art Director for Good Morning America.  He worked as a spotlight operator for the 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park, including Twelfth Night and Othello.  His next upcoming project is the MTV Election Afterparty.  He has designed for two new theater projects since graduating the University of Iowa, my parents are here tonight and Rational Creatures.

At the University of Iowa, he worked on many projects including: The Lady from the Sea; Iphigenia Crash Land Falls in the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable); SOFA Connect 2015; SwordplayGood KidsThe Remedy: a MOVEment movement; The Gertrude Bell Project and many more.

MFA '15 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA '10 Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Theatre Costume Design)

Link to Melissa's website.

Originally from Bullhead City, AZ, Melissa has had a life-long passion for theatre and performance.  She discovered her love of costuming during her undergraduate years at Randolph-Macon Women's College, where she received her BFA in Costume Design in 2010.  Since that time, she has worked in theatres in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Indiana.

While at Iowa, she began her research of Carnival Arts which culminated trip to build costumes for Notting Hill Carnival in London, UK (summer 2014, fully funded by Iowa grants). 

She is currently the Costume/Scene Shop Supervisor and Facilities Manager at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as an adjunct instructor for ULL and South Louisiana Community College.  Previous costume design credits include An Evening of Dance (ULL); The Wizard of Oz, The Cat in the Hat, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Shawnee Summer Theatre); The Luck of the Irish, Makeover: A New Musical, Quiet Witches, Four Stories, She Stoops to Conquer (Iowa); Spring Awakening and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Randolph College). Scenic design credits include Q: A Tragedy (ULL); Below the Pacific and Order Now (Iowa).

MFA '13 (Scenic Design, Scenic Art)
BFA '05 University of Evansville

Link to Kevin's Website.

Kevin left Iowa, MFA in hand, to the great state of Texas to be an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. While at Iowa, Kevin designed scenery for Spring Awakening, Stick Fly, Sidewinders, Collective Amnesia: A Study of Episodic Memory, Rogue’s Dance, Sunshine, A Dream Play, and others. Kevin has spent the summers working for companies such as The Santa Fe Opera and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Kevin continues to work free lance when possible. He recently designed the scenery for Reefer Madness at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which will be directed by Iowa alum Nathan Halvorson. 

MFA ’15 (Lighting Design)
BFA ’12 Western Oregon University (Lighting Design)

Cassie is currently working full time as a Pandora’s Box and Lighting Technician with Ovation, a production company based in Nashville. She is excited to utilize the skills gained at the University of Iowa in her professional career.

At the University of Iowa, Cassie focused on Lighting Design, designing 3 main stage shows which include Striking 12, The Liar and The Imaginary Invalid, 5 gallery shows, 4 New Play Festival shows, a New Play Festival scenic design, and collaborated with the dance department on multiple pieces. Other credits include Deathtrap and Proof at Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR) and Dogfight at Revival Theatre Company (Cedar Rapids, IA).

MFA ’14 (Lighting Design, Scenic Design)
MFA ’01 University of Iowa in Choreography
BFA ’91 Florida State University in Dance

Link to Peggy's website.

Peggy is an active lighting designer, technical theatre instructor, choreographer, dance instructor and arts administrator. She holds an MFA in Theatre Arts and an MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa. Peggy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department at Saginaw Valley State University where she designs lighting for many of the main stage productions as well as mentors student designers and technicians. Her most recent lighting designs were for the Hollins University’s Summer Dance MFA events in Roanoke, VA and the SVSU production of She Kills Monsters. She has recently served as the Assistant to Lighting Designer Ted Sullivan for the May Dance Concerts at Juilliard in NYC and has also designed for The Washington Ballet @ THEARC’s Summer Dance Intensive Showcase in Washington DC. To keep her “toe in the door” of the dance world, Peggy also teaches the Musical Theatre dance classes at SVSU and dance classes for Flint School of Performing Arts. She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum for Primary through Level 3.

MFA  '13 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
AS '06 Full Sail Real World Education (Show Production and Touring)
BA '04 Lewis University (Theatre)

Andrew is working as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.  Here he serves also as Production Designer and Technical Director for the University’s Philip Lynch Theatre.  Recent projects include Urinetown The Musical, Big Fish, The Day They Shot John Lennon and Inspecting Carol.  During the Philip Lynch Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season, Andrew collaborated with staff, students and alumni to raise funds for technology upgrades to the theatre program including a new Sound Console and Intelligent Lighting Fixtures.

MFA ’10 (Scenic & Lighting Design, Scenic Art)
BS ’04 Minnesota State University, Mankato (Theatre Technology)

Since graduating in 2010, Sasha has been working as a freelance designer and scenic artist.  She has returned to the University of Iowa as a guest scenic artist.  Sasha was the scenic designer for Sunday in the Park with George at Grinnell College (Iowa).  She also designed lights and set Doubt at Southwest Minnesota State (Minnesota), where she taught for the semester. Shortly after graduating, she designed Family of Mann for Iowa Summer Rep.  While at the University of Iowa  she designed the scenery for The Madwoman of Chaillot and Kid Simple: a Radio Play in the Flesh for the main stage, Gilgamesh’s Game, Akarui, and Dust Town for New Play Festival and the rep shows of Waiting for Lefty and A Man’s a Man for the MFA director’s festival.  Sasha also designed the lights and set for the gallery production of Yellow City.

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"Woyzeck" Design by Amanda Quivey


MFA '10 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BA '08 Abilene Christian University (Theatre Design/Technology)

Amanda is a costume and scenic designer based in Dallas, TX. She was a guest artist and adjunct faculty at Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) where she has designed costumes for their productions of Almost, Maine, The Pilgrim Project (a new work devised by Andy Belser and based on Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), Decision Height, 9 to 5, Mitzi's Abortion, Bellocq's Ophelia (another new work dramatizing the poetry of Natasha Trethewey), and Goodnight Moon!. She is teaching costume and scenic design, stage make-up, as well as overseeing independent studies in design. Her other work on the valley includes To Kill a Mockingbird at the Mill Mountain Theatre and F'ing A at Randolph College in Lynchburg. She designed costumes for the Roanoke Children's Theatre productions of Junie B Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Stuart Little, How I Became A Pirate, Little House on the Prairie: Christmas, Teen Brain (sets and costumes), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. She also stitches for the a locally owned company, Obimama, creating customized baby carriers.

She has returned to Iowa to design costumes and scenery for What the Butler Saw with Iowa Summer Rep as well as costumes of A Dream Play. During her time at Iowa she designed costumes for Eye Piece, Misalliance, and sunshine; scenery for Urinetown, The Book of Liz, Decline of the Front Porch; and costumes, scenery, projections for Las Hermanas Padilla.

MFA '18 (Costume Design, Makeup Design)
BA '15 Luther College (Theatre, English)

Link to Hayley's website.

Originally from Chanhassen, Minnesota, Hayley Ryan recently moved to NYC to pursue a career in costume design.

Hayley graduated from The University of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design. At the University of Iowa Hayley designed costumes for By the Way Meet Vera Stark, The Crucible, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Pirate Queen (NPF ‘17), and Great Emergencies (NPF ’16). She was an assistant costume designer for American Idiot and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls.

Hayley has also worked at Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota for three seasons. She designed costumes for Venus in Fur and An Iliad. Hayley was also an assistant costume designer for Shakespeare in Love, Richard III, Julius Caesar, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment.

Since moving to New York, Hayley has worked as a costume production assistant for Tootsie, new Broadway musical with costumes designed by William Ivey Long. Currently she is working as a costume design assistant for Gregory Gale on Daniel’s Husband, a new Off-Broadway play.

MFA '09 (Lighting Design)
BFA University of Southern Mississippi (Theatre Design & Technology)

Link to Courtney's website.

I would not trade my experience at the University of Iowa for anything in the world. My three years spent in the design program was time that allowed me to grow as a person, as a designer, as a collaborator, and as an artist. I have never worked harder in my life, but I have also never reaped so many benefits as I have from my graduate school experience. The faculty remains dedicated to me and my professional and personal paths long after graduating. I know I have someone who I can contact at any time for advice or support. After being out in the real world and observing my peers, I become increasingly aware of the superior education I was gifted while a student in the Theatre Arts Department, and I could not be more thankful.
Courtney Schmitz, MFA '09

Since her graduation in 2009, Courtney has been working as a freelance lighting designer, based out of the Minneapolis, MN area. Professionally, she has designed with the following Twin Cities companies: Yellow Tree Theatre (including the Ivey award winning production of The 39 Steps), 20% Theatre Company, Open Window Theatre, Bucket Brigade Theatre, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Loudmouth Collective, Workhaus Collective, Artistry, DelakoArts, Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, nimbus theatre, and Savage Umbrella. In addition to designing, Courtney works across Minneapolis/St. Paul as an electrician for multiple theatre companies. She has been a technician for the Minnesota Fringe Festival since 2013 (earning an inaugural “Feral Tony” award in 2016), and she is active on the local IATSE call list. Courtney is also an adjunct instructor at Inver Hills Community College where she teaches an intro level design course.

MFA '10 (Scenic Design & Masks/Puppetry Design)
BA '07 St. Louis University (Theatre: Design/Technical)
Training Certificate '10 Dell Arte International (Balinese Mask Carving Program)

After graduating from Iowa, Scott moved to Chicago where he worked as the Resident Scenic Designer for Chicago Fusion Theatre, as well as worked with Redmoon Theatre, Cornservatory Productions, and the Right Brain Theatre Project.  He also continued studying his passion of mask creation with Jeff Semmerling.

In 2011, Scott moved to St. Louis where he has become the Resident Scenic Designer for Newline Theatre and Dramatic License Productions.  He has worked on the regional premiere of Cry Baby and the St. Louis premiere of The Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.  He also was a Lighting Designer for the first St. Louis Fringe festival.  He has recently become the full time Design Assistant for Jason Coale – designing shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Columbia, and Okoboji.  Scott is currently working on Next to Normal for Newline Theatre, Good People for the Unicorn Theatre, and Venus in Fur for St. Louis Reparatory Theatre.  He has also begun teaching set design and stage craft at a high school.

Apart from his theatrical work, Scott has started his own mask making company: SLSMasks.  He has participated in several art festivals featuring leather carnival masks.  He has also taught mask making workshops to St. Louis area high schools and summer camps.

MFA '12 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
BA '07 University of Iowa

During Maylan's time at Iowa, he was able to design 15 gallery projects/new works and collaborate on several Mainstage projects to include the scenic design for Antigone 2.0, Big Love, and devised projects of Dry and Ondine.  Before starting at the Iowa, Maylan served as the resident scenic designer and technical director to the United States Army Soldier Show, a bus and truck tour company that took him around the United States, Korea, Europe and Japan.

Since completing his degree, Maylan has been working as a technical designer for Tait Towers (Pennsylvania).  While there he has worked on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour, Maroon Five 2013 tour, Madonna’s 2012 World Tour, Lionel Richie, the upcoming AC/DC 3D movie, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill at the Venetian and lastly the upcoming Dream Girls world tour.  He recently accepted the Director of Production Design position for Majic Productions (Milwaukee).  Majic Productions specializes in events both special and corporate AV. With Maylan's background is able to cover down on all forms of design, from scenic to technical design.

MFA ’17 (Scenic Design, Lighting Design)
BS ’12 Western Oregon University (Theater)

Nic came to Iowa from Dallas, Oregon. Assistant design credits include Striking 12, Lysistrata, The Liar, Beckett Shorts, Romeo and Juliet, as well as Almost, Maine. His previous design work at Iowa include Trich and Falls for Jodie. At Western Oregon University, designs include; Deathtrap, The Crucible, The Zero Hour and Proof as well as Betrayal and Two Men Performing CPR for Chehalem Players Rep. In his second year, Nic is the props master on American Idiot, Food and Fadwa and The Lady from the Sea as well as designing scenery for Arcadia and Baltimore. In his final year at Iowa, Nic designed scenery for Mr. Burns... and The Pirate Queen (NPF '17).

Following graduation, Nic designed The Importance of Being Earnest for Iowa Summer Rep. Last year, he was the Props Master for Theatre Arts at Iowa, as well as designing scenery for Fun Home and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This year, Nic is teaching Scenic Design and Graphic Design for the University of Iowa and designing Northanger Abbey and Sunday in the Park with George.

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Iowa BA Designers, Past

BA ‘15

Bri is a recent graduate who focused on training in sound design. Her past design work at the Iowa includes sound design for the mainstage productions of Water by the Spoonful, Makeover, Slaughter City and gallery productions of Rink of Red, The Stellification, Champagne Gods, Medusa Undone (lighting), and Fields Below (sound and lighting). Bri also mixed the audio for Spring Awakening and Striking 12. She designed MainStage sound for Good Kids and The Liar. Bri has also designed sound for Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells and The Wizard of Oz performed by Young Footliters Theatre Company. Bri is earned her BA in theatre and a writing certificate.

BA '13

Emily Brink double-majored in both creative writing and theatre with focuses in both costume design and playwriting. She is originally from Bloomington, Minnesota. Since beginning work on her theatre major her junior year, Emily has designed costume for High School Hero, The Zine of Grrr, The Rink of Red, red// a thing about the heartChampagne Gods, the Ten Minute Play Festival, Spot's Community, and Dust and Ash.

BA '13

Tyler was the scenic designer for The Aurora Project (NPF '13), scenic and props designer for The Rink of Red, Red // a thing about the heart and as props master for Ondine (NPF '12). Other theater credits include ASM for Christopher Marlowe: Chloroform Dreams and Wagon Technician for Sherlock’s Last Case during 2012 Iowa Summer Rep. In addition to his studies and design projects, Tyler worked as a scenic carpenter for 2 years.

BA '13

The Theatre Department at The University of Iowa is a gem for undergraduate designers.  What you will find at Iowa is a healthy and friendly relationship between undergraduates, graduates and faculty that is both challenging and encouraging.  The strength of Iowa’s playwriting program offers a unique opportunity for every student, regardless of discipline, to start at the ground breaking of numerous new plays and collaborate with some of the most creative and passionate artists in the country.  There are so many opportunities to design new plays at Iowa that competition between students for productions doesn’t exist.

One of the greatest aspects of being an Iowa alum is that you are part of a country-stretching Iowa family. When you graduate from The University of Iowa’s Theatre Department, every other artist that has touched that department wants to see you succeed.
Kristin Browning Cambell, BA '11

Noah finished his double major in Theatre Arts and Art in May '13. Noah designed costumes half-sick of shadows (NPF '13), the Gallery Production Red // a thing about the heart, Fields Below, Trouble: A Foot, and Christopher Marlowe’s Chloroform Dreams, and The Man in the Sukkah (NPF '12). He has also worked as Assistant Costume Designer on the Mainstage production of The Cherry Orchard and A Dream Play.

MFA '15 California State University – Fullerton (Scenic Design & Projections)
BA '11 (double major in Theatre Arts and Studio Arts)

Link to Kristin's website.

During Kristin’s time at Iowa, she launched her career while working on 16 new play productions including three scenic designs: Eggshell, Freezer Dreams and Proficient.  After a brief position at the Olney Theatre Center (Maryland) as a properties artisan, Kristin moved to California and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic and Projections Design at California State University-Fullerton.  Currently, she teaches and designs as an adjunct faculty member at Cypress College and California State University-Fullerton. Her recent credits include Anna in the Tropics at CSU-Fullerton, The Importance of Being Earnest at Cypress College and The Sparrow for Couerage Theatre Company in Burbank, CA.

MFA '01 California Institute of the Arts
BA '98 University of Iowa (Scenic Design; Lighting Design)

Peter Ksander is a designer, sculptor, and theater artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2005 Peter was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, through which he spent 2 years investigating how experimental theater ideas are explored at all levels of production in the United States.  In 2008 he won an Obie award for the scenic design of Untitled Mars (this title may change), created and directed by Jay Scheib and presented at PS122 and the National Theater of Hungry.

Peter’s design credits include scenic and/or lighting designs for: The Brothers Size (The Public Theater, The Studio Theater, Dublin), Othello (Theater for a New Audience, Intiman Theater), On the Levee (Lincoln Center Theater 3), The Scarlet Letter, Arms and the Man (Intiman theater), A House In Bali (Bang on a Can/ Cal Performances), The Misanthrope (Portland Stage Company), Making of Americans (Walker Art Center), Laude in Urbis (Compania di Colombari, Orvieto Italy), This Place is a Desert (w/ Jay Scheib, Institute of Contemporary Art, Under the Radar Festival, MIT),  Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (The Theater of a Two-Headed Calf), Stanley 2006 (HERE Art Center w/ Lisa D’Amour), Saint Joan of the Stockyards (Stillpoint/PS122). His design work has appeared in the Buanos Aries in Translation Festival, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, PICA’s Time Based Art Festival, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

B.S. '11 Psychology (University of Iowa)
B.A. '15 Theatre Arts

Rich's focus at Iowa was in acting and design. His first scenic design brought to life is Love Me Tender, Che Guevara. His more notable roles onstage include: Amos Chicago, Mercutio Romeo and Juliet, and Bernardo West Side Story. Rich has also appeared in the Ten Minute Play Festival in 2013 and 2014.

BA '15

Ray is a lighting, scenic, and sound designer and a recent graduate of the University of Iowa Theatre program.  Ray’s design credits while at Iowa include the sound design of Luck of the Irish (Mainstage), and I will hold you/when you are broken (NPF ’14), and Water Bound, lighting designs for Faculty Portrait (NPF ’15) and the 2014 Ten Minute Play Festival, and lighting and scenic designs for The Designer: A Brechtian Techno Drama.  Ray is currently working at the Bucknell University Theatre and Dance Department as a designer, assistant designer, and entertainment technology assistant for their 2015 – 2016 season.

BA '11

Link to Søren's website.

Iowa is unique and embracing approach to all aspects of the theatre arts is essential for any young artist eager to find a place in the profession. At Iowa I had the opportunity to wear many hats. I wore the hat of The Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Writer, Actor, and Director in my studies and my extra-curriculars. This openness is what inspired me. The ability to learn and practice in more than one discipline during your time at Iowa is a pearl to be had by any driven student who needs both the classroom and the rehearsal room to learn.
Søren Olsen, BA '11

Søren Olsen (BA 2011) received an Ivey Award for his work as Technical Director on an immersive production of Crime and Punishment set in an abandoned factory basement. Additionally, he received an “Excellence in Lighting Design” from KCACTF for his work with Metro State University. In late 2015 he celebrated the one year anniversary as Co-Founder of Third Space LLC: a multidisciplinary artist collective housed in the historic Margaret Barry House in Northeast Minneapolis. In early 2015, as Project Manager and Technical Director he led the construction of the wildly successful spaceship bridge puzzle room experience: The Riddle Room. He is the Technical Director of North Hennepin Community College’s Theatre Department.

In Søren's three years at Iowa, he participated in 25+ productions as a Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Director, Writer, Actor and Aroma Designer.

MFA '04 University of Georgia
BA '01 University of Iowa

Cathy is currently assisting Emilio Sosa on Broadway's Porgy and Bess.  She designed A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival.  She has returned to Iowa City, designing costumes for The Madwoman of Chaillot (2010) and Lady from the Sea (2016) and giving master classes many times over the past 6 years. Cathy is also now in her eighth year as an Associate Designer for William Ivey Long.

BA '15

While at Iowa, Marisa Ramos emphasized directing & design. Her design work done at Iowa includes scenic design of two gallery productions, Medusa Undone and Fields Below. She has also designed props for the gallery productions Fields Below and Champagne Gods, as well as The Man in the Sukkah (New Play Festival '12).  Other work she has done outside of design includes acting in two gallery productions, Christopher Marlow’s Chloroform Dreams and Quiet, Witches. She has participated in the Ten Minute Play festival as an actor and director. She was also an assistant stage manager for the gallery production Sidewinders.   She directed as well as scenic and prop designed a workshop production of Role Models.

BA '10

The Theatre Program at the University of Iowa is a home away from home. It's a family consisting of your professors, peers and visiting artists from around the world. The experiences that I had at the University of Iowa have truly prepared me for the world beyond and I cannot be more thankful for all of those that helped me along the way.
Alex Ruhlin, BA '10

Alex Ruhlin is thrilled to be a graduate of the University of Iowa Theatre Program. Over the past 6 years he has reaped the benefits of having studied in such a dynamic new play environment that Iowa has to offer. The fast paced, collaborative world of the Iowa Theatre Department has given Alex the tools to excel in a very challenging career market. Alex had the opportunity to study Theatre abroad in London, work as Production Staff for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, execute multimedia design for Curious Theatre Company, Denver, teach design and production at multiple universities in Colorado Springs, as well as collaborate on large scale corporate meetings. Alex has transitioned on from his time in Colorado, and now resides in Chicago, IL. Alex is pursuing a career as a Producer in Chicago, working with large corporations to create training and sales meetings all over the world.

BA '10

Andrew is a Sound Designer & Engineer, and Lighting Designer.  He is currently a freelance designer in the Iowa City area.  He has recently worked with the City Circle Acting Troupe of Coralville and as a guest artist at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, including Lady M and Antigone 2.0.


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R. Eric Stone
Head of Design
Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1705