The School of Drama Welcomes Chelsea M. Warren


Chelsea M. Warren will join the School of Drama’s faculty as Professor of Scenic Design in the fall of 2023. She comes to Carnegie Mellon from the Minneapolis, where she is currently on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Warren is a multimedia artist with a focus on scenic & puppet design, as well as new work, devised work and spectacle theater. She has designed for some of the country’s most exciting theater companies, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre, Jungle Theater, Ananya Dance Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Victory Gardens Theatre, Studio Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Geva Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Steep Theatre. Puppet design work at companies & festivals including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Jungle Theater, Studio Theatre, Links Hall, Chicago International Puppet Festival and New York State Puppet Festival.

As an educator, Warren says her goal is “to provoke students to find their voice, model approach & practice, instigate revelation and promote a brave classroom laboratory.

She is a member of USA 829, where she is also the co-chair of the Scenic Design Category Committee. She is an ensemble member with Steep Theatre, a member of the Steering Committee of the Michael Merritt Awards, was the co-founder of Yellow House a devised theater company based in Chicago and Stones/Air an artist collective in South Australia. She was the recipient of the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Chelsea received her MFA from Northwestern University with a focus on costume and scenic design. She previously taught at DePaul University, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University; as well she held the position of Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago and Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

“New faculty are one of the greatest investments we can make in the future of the school,” said Head of the School of Drama, Robert Ramirez. “I am thrilled at the possibilities this new member of our community brings!”

Learn more about Warren’s work here.

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Playwright Claudia Rankine, Director Talvin Wilks, Scenic Design Chelsea M. Warren, Assistant Set Design Nicole DelPizzo, Costume Design Mathew LeFebvre, Lighting Design Marcus Dilliard, Associate Lighting Design Smaida Mara Rizzotto, Projection Design Kathy Maxwell, Sound Design John Acarregui, Technical Director Zeb Hults, Scenic Charge Angelique Powers, Props Design Abbee Warmboe, Production Photographer Caroline Yang


Starring Bebe Neuwirth, John Dossett, Sarah Gliko & Oge Agulué

Playwright Adam Bock, Director Joanie Schultz, Scenic Design Chelsea M. Warren, Costume Design Mark Mariani, Lighting Design Rachael Cady, Sound Design Christopher Colucci, Assistant Director Neal Gupta, Production Photography Mark Garvin


Director Joanie Schultz Scenic & Projection Design Chelsea M. Warren Costume Design Mathew Lefebvre Lighting Design Marcus Dilliard Sound Design Sean Healey Properties Manager John Novak Production Photography Lauren B. Photography


Playwright Lucy Kirkwood, Director Jonathan Berry, Scenic Design Chelsea M. Warren, Costume Design Mara Blumenfeld, Lighting Design Lee Fisknus, Sound Design Andre Pluess, Production Photographer Michael Brosilow