Nephelie is a costume and scenic designer based in Southern California and Washington DC with a long-time practice in community engaged art making. She is also a gerontologist, and a certified TimeSlips facilitator, interested in working at the intersections of community, arts and policy to help change the culture of care for all older adults.
Recent works include set and costume designs for The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe, digital version, and IRL premiere at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, The Rivers Don’t Know (City Theater in Pittsburgh), Seize the King (Alliance Theater, Atlanta). Recent works in DC include Topdog/Underdog (WSC Avant Bard, 2020 Helen Hayes Award for scenic design), Compulsion or the House Behind and The Occupant (Theater J), Pilgrims Musa and Sheri… (Mosaic Theater) and The Juliet Letters (Urban Arias).
Other works include costumes for Lost in the Stars (CAPUCLA) and Persians (Getty Villa) with SITI Company; costumes for As You Like It, and The Odyssey at Seattle Repertory, Public Works; set design for Magic Fruit with Cornerstone Theater Company; sets and/or costumes for The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Charlotte’s Web, Midsummer Night’s Dream and many others over twenty years at South Coast Repertory, and Disgraced at Playmakers Repertory.
Nephelie is a member of the Cornerstone Theater Company ensemble. With Cornerstone, she has designed many plays with and about many communities across California including California the Tempest, Bliss Point, Plumas Negras, Jason in Eureka, Boda de Luna Nueva, Café Vida, Los Illegals , Ghost Town, Magic Fruit and others.
Work at regional theaters includes Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intersection for the Arts, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Portland Center Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Guthrie Lab, Court Theatre, The Acting Company, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, in addition to those mentioned above and among others.
Nephelie is Professor of Theatre Arts with sixteen years at the University of Redlands and eight years at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She has earned tenure twice.
Nephelie is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Cornell University School of Architecture, and recipient of the TCG/NEA design fellowship.
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Nephelie is also a cook with an interest in family recipes, recipes as stories, community cooking, knowing your farmers, and Sunday suppers.