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Deanna Zibello
Design and Technical Theatre
Deanna L. Zibello is an Assistant Professor and head of the Design and Technical Theatre track of the Theatre Program at Saint Mary’s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Washington School of Drama. Previously, she taught at Gonzaga University. Deanna is also an award-winning scenic designer, having been recognized with Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Award for Outstanding Scenic Design in 2012 for her work on Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train with Seattle-based company Azeotrope. She was recognized in 2013 by the Seattle Theatre Writers for her work on Gruesome Playground Injuries, also with Azeotrope. Other favorite productions include the World Premiere Mechanics of Love, The Shipment, and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, all with Crowded Fire Theatre (San Fransisco); Slap That Bitch: A Hip-Hop Retelling of The Taming of the Shrew with Fuse Theater Ensemble (Portland, OR); Cancer: the Musical with Washington Ensemble Theater (Seattle); MilkMilkLemonade with Impact Theatre (Berkeley); Artifacts of Consequence with the Satori Group (Seattle); the opera Eugene Onegin with the University of Washington Schools of Music and Drama; and Middle-Aged White Guys with Open Eye Productions (Chicago), for which she was awarded Gay Chicago Magazine’s After Dark Award for Outstanding Scenic Design in 2005. Deanna lives in the East Bay with her husband and their young son. Please visit my website,, for production photos and more information.

Contact Information

School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Theatre
School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Theatre
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Education/Academic qualification

M.F.A. in Scenic Design, University of Washington

… → 2009 Theatre with a conentration in Women's Studies, Williams College

… → 1998

Research Interests

  • Scenic design
  • Diverse and inclusive theatre
  • Contemporary plays and playwrights
  • Pedegogy of design
  • Diveristy and inclusion in the classroom


  • Theater and Performance Studies