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Anya Klepikov

Assistant Professor, Scenic Design


Fine Arts Center, Room 117

Anya Klepikov is a scenic and costume designer. Born on the Crimean Peninsula, Anya immigrated to Boston as a teenager. After earning her MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama, Anya moved to NYC and formed a collaboration with director/playwright Preston Lane, designing The Glass Menagerie, Kingdom of Earth, Dial M for Murder, A Doll’s House, and Radiunt Abundunt at Triad Stage, NC. Fifteen collaborations with director Mike Donahue, which began in grad school, include Moscow, Cheryomushki! (Chicago Opera Theater), Uncle Vanya (Weston Playhouse), The Who’s Tommy (Yale Cabaret), and their winning production proposal for Ainadamar, selected for Opera America’s Director-Designer Showcase. As a guest artist at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts 2009-2017, Anya’s designs include Troy: After and Before, Alice: A New Play, Der Bourgeois Bigwig, Eugene Onegin, Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree, and Great Expectations with director Tim Vasen.

A background in classical piano brought Anya to opera design including An American Tragedy (Glimmerglass) and Mourning Becomes Elektra (Florida Grand Opera), as well as productions in non-traditional spaces and configurations: Hydrogen Jukebox (Fort Worth Opera), Empty The House (Curtis), and Orpheus & Euridice (Vermont Marble Museum, National Gallery of Art).

Anya has collaborated on devised work with Tea Alagic, Anna Jones, Steven Bogart, and Amanda Palmer, also production-designing Amanda’s live statue TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES at the NY Public Library.

Anya’s exploration of a creative and interactive teaching pedagogy started when she was a teaching artist with the Roundabout Theater Company and was exposed to their philosophy that a good class is like a good show, a dynamic event rooted in energetic exchange.

She developed a curriculum for teaching scenic design through collaboration with Jane Cox at Princeton, as a CAJ Fellow at Colgate and as a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University. Through annual lectures at the Yale School of Drama and a seminar at Princeton, Anya has also developed an approach to teaching color to theater practitioners from different disciplines. Color is currently at the heart of her research.

Click to read an article welcoming Anya to our community.

Click to view designs by Anya's current UMass Theater graduate and undergraduate design students.

Click to see a portfolio of work by Anya’s past undergraduate set design students

Click to read an article about Anya’s new class on Color at Princeton University

Click to read a feature on Anya’s set design for The Glass Menagerie in American Theater Magazine