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Design Panel

The mission of the design panel is to serve the equity of women+ designers by providing a forum for dialogue and information from women designers in theatre. Our panel consists of women+ who made up their minds they can be designers; they will design, thus are designing. Join Cheryl J. Williams, lights; Julie Potter, costume; Deb Sivigny, scenic; and Sarah O'Halloran, sound; who have made a path for themselves by saying out loud, “I Can ..., I Will ..., I Am …!”  This is the Power of Engagement--spreading inspiration/artistry/plans to foster a growing population of women in technical theatre.

For any questions, please contact Cheryl Williams at cherylwilliams1@gmail.com.

Panelists

Cheryl Williams

Cheryl J. Williams, Facilitator, has been a professor of theatre and religion studies for over 25 years, having taught a wide range of theatre courses, at various universities to include: Morgan State; University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Ghana (West Africa). Ms. Williams has worked both national and international as a professional lighting and sound designer. February, March and September 2019, Cheryl designed lights and sound in Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Ms Williams received a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in Theatre (Stage Management). Please visit her website: www.CJWilliamsconsultant.com

 
Sarah O'Halloran

Sarah O’Halloran is a sound designer and composer with a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technology from the University of Virginia. Her theater credits include: Olney Theatre Center Our Town and Labour of Love; The Second City: She the People: The Resistance Continues; Everyman Theatre: Be Here Now, Proof, Dinner with Friends; Rep Stage: E2, The 39 Steps, The Heidi Chronicles and Things That Are Round; 1st Stage: The Brothers Size, Swimming with Whales, Trevor, and When the Rain Stops Falling; Studio Theatre: Cry it Out, Theater J: Talley’s Folly, Mosaic Theater: The Return; Forum Theatre: Nat Turner in Jerusalem; What Every Girl Should Know, and Dry Land. Sarah has received two Helen Hayes Awards nominations.

As a scenic and costume designer, Deb Sivigny has worked on over thirty world premieres with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Theater J, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, Imagination Stage, 1st Stage, The Source Festival, Young Playwrights Theatre, The Hub, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, and Rorschach Theatre where she has been a company member since 2006. She has also designed for Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Everyman Theatre, Signature Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, Adventure Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, among others. She was a member of the second generation of The Welders, where she served as Lead Producing Playwright for her work Hello, My Name Is… Set in a house, she designed and created environments that channeled the lives of Korean adoptees. Her research includes development of “design-driven” works inspired by classic literature, politics and personal aesthetic and experience.

 
Deb Sivigny

As a scenic and costume designer, Deb Sivigny has worked on over thirty world premieres with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Theater J, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, Imagination Stage, 1st Stage, The Source Festival, Young Playwrights Theatre, The Hub, Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, and Rorschach Theatre where she has been a company member since 2006. She has also designed for Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Everyman Theatre, Signature Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Rep Stage, Adventure Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, among others. She was a member of the second generation of The Welders, where she served as Lead Producing Playwright for her work Hello, My Name Is… Set in a house, she designed and created environments that channeled the lives of Korean adoptees. Her research includes development of “design-driven” works inspired by classic literature, politics and personal aesthetic and experience.

 
Julie Potter

Julie Potter is the Area Coordinator for Design and Production at Towson University, where she is the Costume Design Professor.   She is also the director of the Towson University Historic Clothing Collection.  Additionally, Julie does freelance design projects in the area and produces exhibits that showcase the clothing collection.  Julie is particularly interested in exploring the way that clothing informs character, both theatrically and in life.

 
Tiffany Underwood-Holmes

Tiffany Underwood Holmes (Music Director, Accompanist, Voice Teacher) Recent and selected credits include: Miss You Like Hell (Baltimore Center Stage); Shaina Taub & Laurie Woolery's As You Like It (Keegan Theatre); Huckleberry Finn's Big River (Adventure Theatre MTC); The Last Five Years, john & jen, Mad Libs Live (Red Branch Theatre Company); and countless others throughout the DMV region. Upcoming: Songs for a New World (Rep Stage). Ms. Holmes is the Resident Music Director at Drama Learning Center in Columbia, where she has music directed over 20 productions for the Teaching Young Artists Professional Training Program over the past decade. She also maintains an active private voice studio and accompanies throughout the area. Ms. Holmes resides in Baltimore with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

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