Kerry Lee Chipman
Assistant Professor of Scenic Design
Kerry Lee Chipman is a freelance scenic designer and the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Ball State University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Performance and Production at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. After graduating, she lived and worked in New York for several years as a freelance scenic designer prior to attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for her MFA in Scenic Design.
Chicago designs include: Utility and The Goat; or Who is Sylvia?(this design was nominated for a non-equity Jeff Award) with Interrobang Theatre Project, and No Home for Bees with 20% Theatre Company. New York designs include: Dad in a Box at HEREartscenter, That Which Isn't and Strays at the Brick Theatre, Coney at the New Ohio Theater, Life of Galileo at the Kehoe Theatre, Time is the Mercy of Eternity at the West End Theater, Departures and The Most Wonderful Love at the Access Theater, Lascivious Something, Hoodoo Love, and Girl. for the 2006 Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theater. Regional: Indiana Repertory Theater: Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We are in a Play!’, Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Little Shop of Horrors, Flyin’ West, Speech and Debate, and The Story of Opal. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: The Borrowers and Pinkalicious: the Musical. Ball State University designs include: As You Like It, SIC, Boeing Boeing, Pride and Prejudice, Cinderella, Stage Door, Winnie the Pooh and Marcus and the Secret of Sweet.
In addition to scenery, she also designs and creates masks, and sometimes costumes for regional dance and theatre productions. Recently, Kopitoto, an international dance film she collaborated on costume design for was screened at Lincoln Center as part of the 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival 2019. Regional Mask designs include: Brer Rabbit for An Octoroon at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, and The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Peter Pan for the Appalachian Ballet Company in Maryville, TN. When she is not designing and making things for theatre, she designs and makes things for regional markets, and looks for unique (cheap) vintage kitsch, lamps and furniture to restore. Examples of her work can be seen at: www.kerryleechipmandesign.com