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


phone: CDA #218

Jan Chambers is a  professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC and a resident set and costume designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company.    Her teaching includes set, costume and makeup design courses, as well as First Year Seminars related to theatre design and production.  She is particularly interested in the incorporation of sensory immersion, intuitive thinking and collaboration in teaching the design process and frequently incorporates use of the UNC BeAM digital makerspaces in class projects.  Currently she serves as the Department’s diversity liaison and represents the Division of Fine Arts on the University Faculty Council.

Recent work for PlayMakers includes How I Learned to Drive, Skeleton CrewLeaving EdenA Christmas CarolThe CakeThe May QueenSweeney Todd4000 MilesVanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeThe Making of a King: Henry IV & VA Raisin in the SunRedMetamorphosisThe TempestAngels in America and Nicholas Nickleby, among others. Regional designs include: Cyrano de BergeracSunday in the Park with GeorgePericles (Guthrie Theatre); Asylum (Only Child Aerial Theatre at Circus Now International Contemporary Circus Exposure); PericlesHamlet (Folger Theatre); PericlesHenry V(Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The ReckoningIt Had WingsThe NarrowingOut of the Blue (Archipelago Theatre/ Cine). She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

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.