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Pei-Chi Su

Associate Professor of Drama and Dance


Degrees

MFA, 2001, Carnegie Mellon Univ; BFA, 1997, Taipei Natnl Univ of the Arts


Bio

Pei-Chi Su (Assistant Professor/ Director of Costumes) is a costume and scenic designer. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, she was involved in theater from an early age. After obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in scenic design from Taipei National University of Fine Arts, she moved to Pittsburgh where she received her Master of Fine Arts in costume design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Pei-Chi designed regularly in Pittsburgh working in more than 80 theater and dance productions since 2001.  Frequent collaborators include artistic director Tracy Brigden from the City Theatre and Andrew S. Paul from Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. She also worked with several other companies including Pittsburgh Playhouse, Quantum Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the Kitchen Theatre. In New York City, her designs have been seen in productions from 59E59 Theatre for International Culture Lab, Rabbit Hole Ensemble and Pan Asian Repertory. Internationally, her work has been part of shows at Garajistanbul in Istanbul, Theatre Rampe in Stuttgart, the Galway Arts Festival in Galway, Hang-Tang Yuefu Dance Group in Festival d’ Avignon in France and Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Korea. Magazines and newspapers such as the New Yorker, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, City Paper, Backstage and other independent media outlets have praised the quality, style and creativeness of her designs.

Pei-Chi also enjoys the design process and collaboration involved in new plays and musicals. Over the past decade, she has been involved in many new works including Streets of America by Michael Rupert and Matthew Riopelle; Red by Marcus Steven, Hearts are Wild by Darrah Cloud and George Griggs; Outside Inn by Austrian playwright Andreas Jungwirth; Last Turn Before the Bridge by Turkish playwright Zeynap Kacar; Chicken Snake by Amy Hartman; 13th of Paris by Mat Smart; Melinda Wants A Tattoo, FBI girl and Baby’s Blues by Tammy Ryan;  Undeclared History by Isaac Rathbone; Doctor Frankenstein’s magical creature, Tale of Frankenstein’s Daughter, and The Tragic Story of Doctor Frankenstein by Stan Wood.


Teaching Interests

Advance Theatre Design, Stage Makeup, Costume Construction. Fundamental design for Theatre.

Research Interests

Costume design and Makeup design

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DRAM 015 BASIC STAGE MAKE-UP Undergraduate
DRAM 018 COSTUME CONSTRUCTION Undergraduate
DRAM 078 (CP)THEATER DESIGN FUND Undergraduate
DRAM 155 ADV PRODUCTION LABORATORY I Undergraduate
DRAM 156 ADV PRODUCTION LABORATORY II Undergraduate
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