Scenic Designer, Charge Scenic Artist, Muralist, Custom Set Design

Laura McPherson self-portrait Laura C. McPherson - is a freelance Scenic Designer #4350 member of United Scenic Artists #829 IATSE.

Contact Laura McPherson

Come visit her design studio at: 25 Acorn Street Providence Rhode Island 02908. See the 24' x 52' paint deck and rent her drop stock. She shares the studio with her sculptor brother Robert McPherson.

Having designed hundreds of shows, some of her various Theatrical Design client companies include: Opera New England, American Stage Festival, Boston Academy of Music & The Opera Unlimited Festival, The Huntington Theater Co.- Studio 210, Boston University's Opera Institute, New Repertory Theater Co., Jewish Theater N.E., Foxboro Orpheum Th./ Bay Colony, Gloucester Stage Co., Foothills Theater Co., The Bostonian Opera Ensemble, Fiddlehead Th. Co., Kaleidoscope Th. Co., Opera Providence, Star Players, Third Stone Productions & Earth's Alive Festival (San Francisco, Ca.), and she won a 2001 Elliot Norton Award for outstanding Scenic Design - "Not About Nightingales" Boston Theatre Works.

Some of her Industrial Design clients include: Macy's Boston Downtown Crossing Christmas windows 4 yrs, Seismic Scenic resident designer, Mystic Scenic Studio resident designer, Glynn Co. Restaurants (Jose McIntyre's, Coogan's Bluff, Cleary's), Bennet & Dunne Advertising Agency -Welches, Lyons Brother's Nightclubs, Liberty Café, Ralph's Diner, Magic Hat Brewing Company (Marti-Gras Floats, Night of the Living Dead, Performance Space for Jet Blue Terminal JFK Airport, N.Y.), Babel's Paint & Decorating (22' x 114' ext. mural), Norwood Airport Diner, Longyear Fisher Hill murals and is a professional member of USITT.

Film, Video and Television Work: She's been a Set Designer for Cox Communications and Fidelity videos; an Assistant Art Director on the Bride Wars movie; and Scenic Artist for other Film & TV projects including The Crucible, The Brotherhood, The Departed, Underdog, Gone Baby Gone, Waterfront, Bronx is Burning and provided giant puppets set dressing for State & Main!

Charge Scenic Artist for Theater & Opera projects include: Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Playwrights Th., Boston Rock Opera, Trinity Repertory Th. Co., Reagle Players, Worcester Academy, Visual Design Associates, Goodspeed Opera House, Wooden Kiwi Productions, Bindlestiff Family Circus, Menopause the Musical, WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Des Moines Iowa Opera Co..

Puppet Work: She's been a Puppeteer / maker for The Edinburgh Puppet Co., Bread & Puppet Th. Co., and Festival Ballet Rhode Island.

Education: Her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University was under Don Beaman & John Fallabella, and BFA in Scenic Design from The North Carolina School of the Arts under Donato Moreno & John Lee Beatty. She has assisted many Broadway designers over the years.

Teaching: She's been part time faculty at Emerson College with classes including Drafting I and II, Scenic Painting, Mask-making, mentoring student designers & scenic charges, and designing shows for the Cutler Majestic Theater; also she's been a part time Associate Professor at Bridgewater State College with classes including Theater Appreciation, Play Production, Stagecraft, Seminar in Contemporary Theater, Scenic Design, designing & charging shows, and mentoring students. She's a member of The Massachusetts Teachers Association. She's also been a Visiting Lecturer/ Scenic Designer /Scenic Artist for Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, The Franklin School for the Performing Arts, Harvard's Radcliffe College, Massasoit C. C., The Walnut Hill School, The American Repertory Theater Institute, and the University of Maine.

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