Penny Remsen is the Department of Theater Chair and also teaches lighting design.
She has designed in New England, Houston, Philadelphia, Reno and Las Vegas and elsewhere, including A Soldier's Play at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for director Gilbert McCauley, Carmen for Commonwealth Opera, Triumph of Love in Orlando, The Bacchae at Clarence Brown Theatre Company, the Auburn University Department of Theater production of The Trojan Women with UMass alumna Lisa Channer, Borderscape 2000 by Guillermo Gomez-Pena; Cabaret, The Grapes of Wrath and The Bronte Cycle (world premiere plays in repertory by John O'Keefe) at the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in Knoxville. At UMass, she has designed Some Asians, Love in Disguise, Archipelago of Delight (a new puppet musical), The Bacchae of Euripides, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.
Penny's publications include "Portfolio Guidelines for Designers" in Theatre Design and Technology Winter, 1998; "Seven Deadly Sins" and "Artists and Light" in Practical Projects and Teaching Lighting Design, USITT, 1990. Contributing editor for Theatrical Designers: An International Biographical Dictionary, 1992.
She is a member of USITT and has served as jurist for the U.R.T.A. portfolio reviews.
In 2004, she received the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. She was also a finalist for the UMass Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003.