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Department of Theatre and Dance


Graduate Students' Designs Chosen for 2015 Prague Quadrennial

At the recent USITT conference (held March 26-30, 2014 in Ft. Worth, TX), the design work of scenic design students Xuemei Cao and Meredith Paysinger Hart, and costume design student Vera DuBose, was selected to be shown at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, the world's preeminent scenography convention.

Design Graduate Students, from left, Meredith Paysinger Hart,
Xuemei Cao and Vera DuBose

A jury comprised of professionals from around the nation selected just fourteen works out of 148 entries submitted by theatre design professionals, MFA theatre design students and faculty representing university programs from all over the country.

Works to be showcased are the sets and costumes for the production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters and the set for Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty.

Held every four years (and thus considered to be the Olympics of theatrical design expositions), the Praque Quadrennial highlights the best design work from more than 70 countries in the fields of scenography, costume design, lighting design, sound design and more.  In addition to an exhibition space measuring approximately 12,000 square meters, the convention features hundreds of performances throughout the city.  The 2011 PQ drew nearly 50,000 visitors.

This selection is very important for the professional careers of the MFA students and demonstrates, once again, the national and international recognition of the MFA Program in Design, which was selected among very few other design programs from top universities to represent Theatre Design education in the US to a worldwide audience.

Congratulations to these deserving students!

Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher.  Scenic Design by Xuemei Cao.  Click image above to see a full gallery.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekov.  Scenic Design by Meredith Paysinger Hart.  Costume Design by Vera DuBose.  Click image above to see a full gallery.