Professor of Dramatic Art, Resident Set and Costume Designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company


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janchambersJan Chambers has designed professionally and held resident designer/ faculty positions at various academic institutions, including the University of Michigan, Smith College and Duke University. Since joining the Dramatic Art faculty and PlayMakers Repertory Company in 2007, she has designed sets and costumes for When the Bulbul Stopped Singing, Crimes of the Heart andGlass Menagerie, as well as costumes for Doubt: A Parable, Topdog/Underdogand Nicholas Nickleby, and sets for Pericles and Well.

Nationally and regionally Jan has designed for the Folger Theatre in Washington DC, Profile Theater Project in Portland, OR, Victory Garden Theater in Chicago, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, Manbites Dog Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, among others. She is the resident set and costume designer for Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has created award winning environments such as And Mary Wept, Eulogy for a Warrior, Ten in One and Those Women.

Her teaching includes set, costume and makeup design courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is particularly interested in the incorporation of sensory immersion, intuitive thinking and collaboration in the design classroom. In addition to her teaching and theater work, Jan is a painter and sculptor. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in Theater Design from the University of Illinois.