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Design Expo 2017

The CSULB Design Expo showcases the amazing design and technical work of CSULB Theatre Arts students. The gallery-style exhibit includes the presentation of MFA design candidates and undergraduate designers and technicians.

The 2017 Design Expo is dedicated to the late Herb Camburn who served as the former Head of Design in the Theatre Department. Please join us as we honor his unparalleled impact on the department.

On April 21st, Herb Camburn, former Head of Design at the CSULB Theatre Arts Department passed away. Professor Herb Camburn was a cornerstone for the CSULB Theatre Arts Department for over thirty years. A true Renaissance man, Herb's expertise included not only a vast array of theatrical design and construction skills, but he was a talented artist, actor, and director. While he easily could have chosen to only design professionally, his passion was teaching. He not only gave his students the tools to earn a living in the various fields of entertainment, but instilled in them his same fierce work ethic and quality, for which he was widely known. In his spare time, Herb frequently designed for Missouri Rep, Disneyland Parades, and various other theatres in the United States and London. After his retirement from CSULB, Herb continued to design and could often be found at the annual USITT convention as both a guest lecturer and in a booth selling "Mother Camburn's Paper Props". He will be greatly missed.
-Corey Holst and Michael Pacciorini

While at times it was a challenging experience to be one of Herb's students, the product was worth the effort. He never failed to have students stretch their boundaries. The breadth of knowledge, attention to detail, and understanding of the design process that Herb shared with his students was unparalleled.
- Jon Lagerquist

The Design Expo Exhibit will be open to the public between 10am-4pm from Tuesday (5/9) - Thursday (5/11).

Please join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm for the opening reception of our Design Expo, where our designers will be on hand to discuss their work.
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

The Expo will take place in the CSULB Studio Theatre located in the Theatre Arts building on Campus via 7th St. and East Campus Drive.
Parking in located in parking lot 7, on the corner of 7th Street and East Campus Drive on the California State University Long Beach Campus.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling:

Click below to view Designer profiles and websites.

Kit Baumer

Bio: Kit Baumer is a MFA Lighting Design student. Her work at CSULB has included She Kills Monsters, Elements, Mutual Concent, and Far Away. Other design work includes The Impresario at Central City Opera, and In the Next Room and Trojan Barbie at Gustavus Adolphus College. As well as designing, Kit has worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer for Head of Lighting David Jacques at Central City Opera and her fellow graduate students at CSULB.

Click here to view Kit Baumer's website.

Caitlin Eby

Bio: Caitlin Eby achieved her Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University in 2015 and is a second year Lighting Design graduate student at CSULB. Her recent works include the lighting designs for Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! and Nora. She is currently designing the lighting for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s upcoming temporary exhibit Extreme Mammals, open to the public May 14th - September, 2017.

Click here to view Caitlin Eby's website.

Szu-Yun Wang

Bio: Szu-Yun is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She graduated from National Sun Yat-sen University with a BFA in Theatre Arts in 2016, and is currently a first year MFA in Lighting Design student at California State University Long Beach. Her lighting design works in the US have included the Duchess of Malfi directed by Rob Clare, and the Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin directed by Dr. Jaye Austin Williams. She will also be assisting lighting designer David Jacques in Central City Opera during summer 2017.

Click here to view Szu-Yn Wang's website.

Snapshot of Maria Huber

Maria Huber

Bio: Maria Huber is from Peoria, Arizona and is a first year MFA student with an emphasis in costume design. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education with her primary instrument being the French Horn. She has been individually pursuing costume construction since graduating high school in 2008 and since then has won various awards at local pop culture convention costume contests for her craftsmanship. Her experience in costume design began at Scottsdale Community College in 2014, where she designed several shows for theatre and film projects. Her most recent accomplishments are receiving a Meritorious Award for her design of SCC’s production of Kill Will in the fall of 2015 and an Honorary Mention at the KCACTF Region VIII conference for a non-realized design of The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew in the spring of 2016.

Sara Lindsey

Bio: Sara Lindsey is a second year graduate student pursuing her MFA with an emphasis in Costume Design and Technology. She graduated from Wake Forest University in May 2013 with a BA in Theater. Sara spent the following summer working with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and returned to her alma mater as a guest designer that fall. Sara was a costume intern at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, the stitcher at Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, and costume apprentice at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA before joining this department. At CSULB, Sara works in the costume shop, often as a cutter/draper. Her most recent design was The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin. Other CSULB design credits include Bird in the Hand and The Duchess of Malfi. She looks forward to spending this summer as a First Hand at Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Click here to view Sara Lindsey's website.

Amanda Martin

Bio: Amanda Martin is a Long Beach native currently persuing her MFA in Costume Design and Technology. She has a BFA in theatre design from Abilene Christian University and has worked in several theatres across state lines including the Vineyard Theatre in New York, Music Theatre Wichita in Kansas, the Abilene Shakespeare Festival in Texas, and The Long Beach Playhouse here in California. She has also designed three shows at Cal State Long Beach with the forth one, Good Boys and True, opening on April 28th.

Click here to view Amanda Martin's website.

Kathryn McGaughey

Bio: Kathryn M. McGaughey is a costume designer & technician who came to work as a designer through a background in ballet and modern dance. She will complete an MFA in Costume Design & Technology at California State University, Long Beach in May 2017. Some highlights of her work include assisting on Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare & Co., working off-Broadway at Ars Nova NYC and designing Elements, a physical theatre piece, at CSULB. She enjoys working on dance, film, television, and theatre and is continually gleaning design inspiration from her travels.

Click here to view Kathryn McGaughey's website.

Lesley Li Su

Bio: Lesley is a MFA student currently studying costume design at the California State University Long Beach Theatre Arts Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design from Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan. Lesley loves drawing, painting, photography, and creating art. She wants people to have a physical reaction when viewing her artwork.

Click here to view Lesley Li Su's website.

Paige Bossier

Bio: Paige Bossier is an artist working in the film and theater industry. She has been employed in the set-decorating department for the majority of her career on such shows as True Blood, Shark, Fast Beat Band, Hell’s Kitchen, and Vanished. She has also worked on such feature films as How to Rob a Bank, Walk the Talk, Somebody Help Me, Miriam, and Fifty Pills. These television shows and films not only paid the bills but also helped Bossier grow as an artist. She has been a set decorator, prop master, art director, lens technician, camera assistant, set dresser, and set-dressing buyer, but it was her work on True Blood with Rusty Lipscomb and Cindy Carr that led her back to her roots in theater. Bossier has designed sets for The Underpants and God of Carnage for the Morgan-Wixson theater in Santa Monica as well as The Colored Museum and Far Away for CSULB.

Click here to view Paige Bossier's website.

Snapshot of Ulyana Chava

Ulyana Chava

Bio: Ulyana is originally from Ukraine. She has received her BFA and MFA in Costume Design from Lviv National Academy of Arts (Ukraine). She was a participant of many design competitions in Ukraine and beyond. In 2005 Ulyana become a winner of the National Competition of Young Designers of Ukraine which gave her the opportunity to show her designs on wide catwalks and fashion weeks and work with professional photographers, stylists, and scene design professionals. Through 10 years of work experience, she was able to work and live in many countries (China, Turkey, Poland, Italy), and collaborate on design projects with designers from different schools, backgrounds and professional fields. She has always thought that the most interesting part of design work is to tell a story through colors, fabrics, lighting, and a variety of other technical expressions. Ulyana hopes that studying Scenic Design at CSULB will help to expand her vision of storytelling and implement her knowledge in a new and interesting plane

Merve Caydere Dobai

Bio: Merve is from the Republic of Turkey. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design from Hacettepe University. She worked at design companies and several architectural model shops. She volunteered for the European Union in Kaposvar, Hungary, helping disadvantaged youth, children, women in shelters and elders with artistic projects. She also volunteered at Csiky Gergely Theatre of Hungary. Merve is currently in the second year of her MFA in Scenic Design at California State University Long Beach. She designed the California Repertory Theatre show Mutual Consent by Nancy Bell, and University Players shows #ethnocentricCRAP devised by Anna Steers, Elements devised by Ezra LeBank and Rebecca Nakano and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nyugen. She also took part in the Arts Bridge project of College of the Arts this year, teaching art classes at Edison Elementary School.

Click here to view Merve's website.

Xiyu Lin

Bio: Xiyu Lin is a second year graduate student pursuing her MFA with an emphasis in Scenic Design. She graduated from China Academy of Arts in 2014 with Bachelor degree in Exhibition Design. Xiyu worked as a scene designer in Hangzhou Qingding Plastic Arts Co. Ltd from 2013 to 2014. She was exposed to the scene design field by designing for museums. She obtained the opportunity to be responsible for the construction and design of Shanghai Chongming Eco Science Technology Museum. She had a study tour in Japan during 2015. During the current academic year, Xiyu worked as a freelance artist and scenic designer.

Click here to view Xiyu Lin's website.