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2011.08.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Theatre Faculty Featured in Art of Theatrical Design Exhibit

Omaha - Theatre professors Sharon Sobel, Steven Williams and Robbie Jones at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will display their work as theatrical designers in the Osborne Family Gallery at UNO's Criss Library through Sept. 27.

The exhibit offers attendees a rare opportunity to chart the creative process of three imaginative artists who work professionally in the collaborative art of theatre. There will be representative costume, scenic, lighting and graphic designs that illustrate the process of bringing a production alive from page to stage.

Sobel is professor and resident costume designer in the Department of Theatre at UNO. She has designed costumes at the Bermuda Festival, Juilliard, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Queens Theatre in the Park (QTIP), NY International Fringe Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, the Asolo Center, Madison Repertory Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Blue Barn, John Beasley Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

She is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Gold Medallion in recognition of her work with Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her book, Draping Period Costumes, will be published by Focal Press in 2013. Sharon received an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is also a member of United Scenic Artists.

Williams is professor and director of Theatre at UNO. As a professional scenic and lighting designer, he has worked with such notable theatre companies as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Community Playhouse, the Rose Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Indiana University, and Brown County Playhouse. Williams also designs scenery for Thorn Productions, which produces one of the largest touring church productions in the country.

Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at UNO. He is a set, costume and lighting designer in addition to being the department’s technical director. He has worked for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Rose Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Playwright's Conference, Denver Center Theatre Company, H and A Summer Theater, Sunrise West Production Company, Kansas Summer Theatre and was the resident scene designer at the Stephen Foster Theater.

The Criss Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to midnight.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the UNO Department of Theatre at (402) 554-2406 or visit the Criss Library website at http://library.unomaha.edu.

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