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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Stephanie Mayer-Staley

Tech, Theatre, Design, Stage Management Coordinator
Associate Professor

Stephanie Mayer-StaleyContact information

Education

  • M.F.A., Theatre Arts; Scenic/Lighting Design, California State University
  • B.E.S., Studio Art, St. Cloud State University
  • Education Pedagogy, Fine Arts, University Eichstaett, Germany

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Introduction to Design
  • Stage Design
  • Advanced Drawing and Painting
  • Computer Application for Designers
  • Advanced Properties
  • CAD/CAM for the Theater
  • Portfolio and Interview
  • Senior Project

Background

Stephanie Mayer-Staley’s work ranges from set and lighting design to installation, land art, painting, photography and stone masonry. Living “between two worlds,” her art reflects her desire for cross-cultural understanding. Mayer-Staley's art has been produced, displayed and honored in the United States as well as in Germany. In the U.S., her local visual art (installation, sculpture and mixed media) has been displayed at the Pittsburgh Biennial, Artists Upstairs, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Mattress Factory. She works nationally and internationally as a freelance set and lighting designer. Selected design projects in Pittsburgh include: Assassins (Conservatory Theatre Company), Pinocchio (Playhouse Jr.), Death of a Salesman and A Moon to Dance By (The REP) — named Best Play of 2009 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hedda Gabler and Endgame (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, After Mrs. Rochester and Electric Baby (Quantum Theatre), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Bricolage Theater), — named Best Design in 2009 by Out’s Theater Review and Lost Boy Found at Whole Foods (Conservatory Theatre Company).

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Memberships

  • Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design
  • South Eastern Theater Conference
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Selected Artistic Works

  • Gruesome Playgrounds, Scenic designer, Off the Wall Theater
  • August Osage County, Scenic designer, The REP
  • Electric Baby, Scenic designer, Quantum Theater
  • S/HE, Scenic designer, The International Culture Lab
  • Lost Boy Found at Whole Foods, Scenic designer, The REP
  • Camino Real, Scenic designer, Conservatory Theatre Company
  • A Moon to Dance By, Scenic designer, George Street Playhouse
  • Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Scenic designer, Bricolage Theater
  • The Goat, Scenic designer, The REP
  • Outside Inn, Scenic designer, Off-Broadway, 59E59 Theater

Research Interests

  • Scenic design
  • Cultural influences on scenic design
  • Design as metaphor
  • Art history
  • Installation art

Selected Publication

  • "In search of the artistic home," HowlRound, 2012.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Bricolage Theater), Best Scenic Designer, Out's Theatre Review and named one of Pittsburgh's Top Ten, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Chicken Snake (The REP), Best Scenic Design, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Birthday Party (The REP), After Miss Rochester (Quantum Theater) and Endgame (Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre), Best Scenic Designer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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