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Theatre

Theatre & Dance Department

Tamara Honesty, M.F.A.
Tamara Honesty
Theatre and Dance - Assistant Professor


thonesty@smumn.edu

Tammy has been a freelance scenic designer based in Cincinnati for the past 12 years. Her scenic design for Picnic for the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music won an Acclaim Award and a USITT OVS Board’s Choice Award & Award of Outstanding Achievement. Her designs have been on stages from New York City (Off-Off-Broadway) to the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton to the University of Illinois. She enjoys designing theatre for young audiences, recently designing River Rat & Cat, her tenth show for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's Educational Touring Company.

In addition to designing scenery, Tammy has been a scenic artist for River City Scenic and 3DX Scenic Studios. She was also a project manager at 3DX. Examples of her painting talents have been cruising the world on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Lines; and on display at various corporate theatre events including the Longaberger conventions. Tammy is a proud member of USITT and USA Local 829 as a scenic designer.

Courses Taught Recently at SMU

  • Stagecraft & Lab
  • Theatrecrafts
  • Intro to Visual Communications for Theatre
  • Tech Lab I & II
  • Crew Performance Lab I & II
  • Drawing & Rendering
  • Stage Management
  • Scenic Design
  • Career Development I: Sophomore Review (co-instructor)
  • Career Development I: Senior Showcase (co-instructor)

Education

  • MFA (1996), Scenic Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • BA (1993-Summa Cum Laude), Theatre, Art Minor, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH

Professional Organizations

  • United Scenic Artists Local 829, Scenic Designer
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), Member
  • USITT National Conference & Stage Expo, Programming Co-Coordinator (2013, 2014)
  • USITT National Conference & Stage Expo, Conference Office Co-Manager (2012)
  • USITT National Conference & Stage Expo, Conference Committee Trouble Shooter (2010, 2011)
  • USITT National Conference & Stage Expo, Conference Committee Regional Programming Co-Coordinator (2009)
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology Northern Boundary Section, Member
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology Ohio Valley Section (USITT-OVS), Member
  • USITT OVS, Vice Chair of Programming (2008-2012); Board Member at Large (2005-2008)

Teaching Experience

  • 2012 to Present: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design & Technology, Saint Mary’s University of MN, Winona, MN
  • 2011-2012: Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenic Design, University of Cincinnati CCM, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2010-2011: Faculty Associate of Stage Management & Scenic Technology, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • 2008-2010: Visiting Assistant Professor of Scene Design, Denison University, Granville, OH
  • 2008-2009: Visiting Assistant Professor of Scene Design, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH
  • 2005-2007: Lecturer II (2007), Lecturer I (2005-2007), Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
  • 2007: Co-Instructor, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 2003: Instructor, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
  • 1998-2000: Teaching Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • 1996-1997: Resident Professional Teaching Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Production Experience

SMU Scenic Design:
2013-2014 – The Government Inspector, Urinetown
2012- 2013 – Our Town, Nutcracker, The Spitfire Grill, Hamlet

Elsewhere Scenic Design (Selected Credits):
Off-Off Broadway
2000 – Oberon Theatre Ensemble: Ghosts

Regional:
2005-2014 – Human Race Theatre Company: Becky’s New Car; Lombardi; Managing Maxine; Permanent Collection; Green Gables; Rounding Third; Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow; Alone Together
2002-2012 – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: River Rat & Cat; Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse; The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi; Thaddeus & ‘Tila; Twelfth Night; Tomato Plant Girl; Noonie’s Masterpiece in Purple; Into the West; Lives Worth Living; The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King
2006, 2008 – Lexington Children’s Theatre: Anansi, The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, If you Take a Mouse to the Movies
2004, 2007, 2010, 2012– University of Cincinnati-CCM: Picnic; La Cenerentola; Under Construction; Cabaret
2011 – Wright State University: 42nd Street

Elsewhere Charge/Scenic Artist (Selected Credits):
2002-2005 3DX Scenic Studios; Scenic Artist/Project Manager
2000-2002 River City Scenic; Scenic Artist
2003 Cincinnati Ballet, Scenic Artist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2002-2003 Cincinnati Opera Educational Outreach Tour
1999-2000 Hangar Theatre, The Woman In Black; How I Learned to Drive; The Fantasticks
1996-1997, 2000 Cornell University

Other Professional Experience

2010, 2011 Set Decorator/Visual Design; Proctor & Gamble/Chase Design, Inc.
2004-2006 Prop Coordinator, Human Race Theatre Company
1997-1998 Visuals Coordinator/NYC Window Display Designer, MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd.

PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITS

Contributor, Rosco Spectrum Blog, Joel Svendsen, editor
Plastic Gobos– The NEW Product That Rosco’s Been Making for Over A Decade
http://www.rosco.com/spectrum/index.php/2012/09/

Photo of Design for Alone Together included in both the 9th and 10th editions of Scene Design and Stage
Lighting by R. Craig Wolfe and Dick Block (2009; 2014)

World Stage Design 2013 Online Gallery Exhibit, Cardiff, Wales September, 2013
Scenic Design of Picnic at University of Cincinnati-CCM

PRESENTATIONS

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) National Conference & Stage Expo
“Writing for USITT” Contributor to Session March, 2012
“Big Careers Outside the Big City” Session Panelist March, 2009

USITT Ohio Valley Section Regional Conference
“How to Present Your Work for Exhibits” Presenter Sept., 2011
“Digital Portfolios Co-Presenter Oct., 2007

HONORS & AWARDS

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Professional Production of a Play, Honorable Mention 2012
For the show, Lombardi, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Professional Production of a Play, Honorable Mention 2012
For the show, Managing Maxine, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Professional Production of a Play, Honorable Mention 2011
For the show, Permanent Collection, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Scenic Design of a Play, Honorable Mention 2011
For the show, Permanent Collection, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Honorable Mention 2011
For the show, 42nd Street, produced by Wright State University

Dayton Most Metro.com Best Collegiate Production of a Musical 2011
For the show, 42nd Street, produced by Wright State University

Cincinnati, Ohio’s Acclaim Award for Outstanding Set Design, University 2010
For the show, Picnic, produced by the University of Cincinnati, CCM

USITT Ohio Valley Section’s Board’s Choice Award 2010
For the scenic design of the show, Picnic, produced by the University of Cincinnati, CCM

USITT Ohio Valley Section Peggy Ezekiel Award of Outstanding Achievement 2010
For the scenic design of the show, Picnic, produced by the University of Cincinnati, CCM

Dayton, Ohio’s DayTony for Best Overall Production Award 2009
For the show, Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company.

USITT Ohio Valley Section Peggy Ezekiel Award of Distinction in Scenic Design, 2008
For the show, Stop Kiss, produced by Wilmington College

USITT Ohio Valley Section Peggy Ezekiel Award of Distinction in Scenic Design, 2008
For the show, The Trojan Women, produced by Miami University

USITT Ohio Valley Section Peggy Ezekiel Award of Distinction in Scenic Design, 2006
For the show, Alone Together, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company

Dayton, Ohio’s DayTony for Excellence of a Professional Production Award 2005
For the show, Green Gables, produced by the Human Race Theatre Company.