Ann Sheffield

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Theater Dance West 2603


A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Ann is delighted to be joining UC Santa Barbara, Department of Theatre and Dance. Ann enjoys mentoring students in design and brings her professional experience to the classroom by continuing her work with a number of acclaimed regional theatres including the Indiana Repertory Theatre where she has designed sets and costumes for countless productions over the last thirty years.  It was through her association with the IRT that Ann began her long working relationship with Pulitzer-nominated playwright, and director, James Still. Their most recent collaboration was on his haunting thriller Miranda. Ann also designed the West Coast premiere of Enter the Guardsman at The Laguna Playhouse, and the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourne’s Things We Do for Love at Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre. Her designs have been seen at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Goodspeed Opera House, Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre, the Arizona Theatre Company, the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and the South Coast Repertory Theatre. During her early years in New York, Theatre Crafts Magazine selected Ann for their lineup of “New Designers for the ‘90’s”, also known as the Tyro Talents. Ann has a long association with award-winning designer Tony Walton, having assisted him on major Broadway productions including the Patti LuPone revival of Anything Goes, Mike Nichols’ acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot featuring Steve Martin and Robin Williams, and Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. Ann was the 1983 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Award winner in Scenic Design.