Nephelie Andonyadis

Professor, Theatre
Theatre Department, Theatre Arts #130

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MFA, Design, Yale University, School of Drama, 1990; BS, History of Architecture, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art and Planning, 1984

  • Set and Costume Design for Theatre, Opera and Dance

  • Mask Making – including Traditional Balinese Topeng carved wood masks and various modern materials and techniques

  • Community Engaged Theatre

  • Theatre for Social Change

  • Collaborative process

  • Set and Costume Design and Production Techniques

  • Fabric dyeing and painting: Textile Arts

  • Twentieth Century Design



Nephelie Andonyadis is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department where she teaches courses in stage design, costume design and theatre for social change, in addition to designing department productions and mentoring student designers.

Nephelie's creative activity is centered on her design work for American regional theatres. At South Coast Repertory where she has designed in every season since 1998, recent projects include designs for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Saturn Returns and the world premiere of Safe in Hell. Her work has been seen at many notable theatres including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, The Acting Company, The Guthrie Lab, and The Court Theatre. Nephelie is a member of Cornerstone Theater Company (a nationally recognized multi-ethnic, ensemble based company) in Los Angeles, where she has designed many productions ranging from Jason in Eureka, a retelling of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts set in a historic Saw Mill in Humboldt County, to Los Illegals, a bi-lingual play made in collaboration with day laborers and undocumented workers, performed in a found space that incorporated the audience into the action of the play by surrounding them with the characters' literal, poetic and theatrical journeys. Other work with Cornerstone includes Three Truths an adaption of The Orestia set in modern day LA and The Unrequited, an adaptation of The Dybbuk set in depression era Watts.

Nephelie began teaching in 1993 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned her tenure before joining the University of Redlands in 2001. She earned her MFA from Yale University, School of Drama and her B.S. from Cornell University, School of Architecture. Nephelie served as project shepherd for the Theatre Arts Building in the University's new Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Hunsaker Award for Innovative Teaching and serves regularly on university governance committees.

  • Stage Design Fundamentals

  • Costume Design Techniques

  • Set Design Techniques

  • Mask Making Workshop

  • Textile Arts

  • Theatre for Social Change

  • First Year Seminar

  • Senior Seminar

  • MFA, Design, Yale University, School of Drama, 1990

  • BS, History of Architecture, Cornell University, School of Architecture, Art and Planning, 1984


University of Michigan, School of Music, Department of Theatre and Drama, Associate Professor of Set and Costume Design, 1993–2001

  • Designer in Regional and Ensemble Theatres, Coast to Coast

  • Guest Artist: Princeton University, University of Utah, Guilford College

  • Exhibit Designer, Staten Island Children's Museum

  • Milliner and Costume Craftsperson, New York

  • Scenic Artist, Assistant Set Designer, New York

  • Architectural Draftsperson

  • Trip Leader and Arts Instructor, Summer programs, New England

  • 2009 University of Redlands, Lossett Grant in support of "Commedia Dell'Arte" May Term course

  • 2008 University of Redlands, Lossett Grant in support of "Dell'Arte" Theatre Company Residency

  • 2005 University of Redlands – Hunsaker Award for Innovative Teaching

  • 2002 University of Redlands Hewlett Presidential Discretionary Fund

  • 2000 University of Michigan, grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research and School of Music Faculty Research Fund

  • 1995-1996 University of Michigan, Rackham Faculty Research Grant

  • 1993-1994 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group - Early Career Design Fellowship

  • Oct. 09 - Costume Design for "Saturn Returns," South Coast Repertory

  • Aug. 09 - Set Design for "Jason in Eureka," Cornerstone Theater Company

  • Apr. 09 - Costume Design for "Emile: the Marquise du Chatelet," South Coast Repertory

  • July 08 - Costume Design for "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner," Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • Feb. 08 - Costume Design for "The Importance of Being Earnest," South Coast Repertory

  • June 07 – Set Design for "Los Illegals," Cornerstone Theater Company

  • Nov 07 – Set/Puppet Design for "The BFG," South Coast Repertory

  • Feb. 06 - Costume Design for "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow," Portland Center Stage

  • Apr. 04 - Costume Design for "Safe In Hell," South Coast Repertory

  • Nov. 04 – Inter-Actions - Set and Costume Designs for the Stage, "Solo Gallery Exhibition," Peppers Art Galley

  • Feb. 04 - Costume Design for "Lily Plants A Garden," P.L.A.Y., Center Theatre Group

  • Mar 03 – Set/Costume Design for "Relatively Speaking," South Coast Repertory

  • Jan 00 – Set Design for "Macbeth," The Acting Company National Tour

  • Nov. 98 – Set Design for "The American Girls Revue, American Girl Place," Chicago and New York

  • Sept. 96 – Set Design for "Old Times," Court Theatre

  • Jul 94 – Set/Costume Design, "Julius Caesar," Idaho Shakespeare Festival

  • Jul 93 – Set Design, "Dr. Faustus" and "All's Well That Ends Well," Shakespeare Santa Cruz

  • Oct. 93 – Set/Costume Design, "Peer Gynt," Guthrie Lab

  • May 93 – Set/Costume Design, "The Visit," Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble


United Scenic Artists, Local 829 (Union of Professional stage designers)