Leah Mazur, MFA, graduated from the Scenography Program at the University of Kansas in May of 2017. She received her B.A. in Theatre Design with an emphasis in Scenic Design from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She is currently a freelance Scenographer based in the Washington D.C. area and is an Assistant Professor and Resident Scenographer at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Leah began with an emphasis on performance with roles in W;t, Nine: The Musical, Almost, Maine, and The Shape of Things. Her first scenic design, Playhouse Creatures, set her on the path of observing women and gender studies surrounding the stage. Select Scenic Design credits include Tartuffe, Nora, Little Women, The Broadway Musical, and Constellations. Leah has also worked in Kansas City, designing costumes for Spinning Tree Theatre's production of Amadeus, and the Unicorn Theatre's productions of Hand to God and Eclipsed. She also designed costumes and lights for Kansas Repertory Theatre's production of Angel Street and completed the Scenic and Lighting designs of Next to Normal at Kansas Repertory Theatre. Now located in the Mid-Atlantic region, Leah's scenic design work has been with Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey (Chapter Two, The Lion in Winter, Sylvia, & The Taming) and with Scena Theatre in Washington D.C. (Submission). She also continues her work with Canterbury Summer Theatre in the Michiana area just outside of Chicago, designing the set and lights for both Graceland (2018) and Constellations (2019), and mentoring young designers during her residence.
Having completed a research trip to London in November of 2016, Leah utilized her findings in completing her thesis at the University of Kansas in May of 2017. Titus Andronicus: The Material Effects of Sexual Assault and Trauma as Represented Through Design, examined the repercussions of sexual violence on stage as well as the detrimental effects of the objectification of women in politics, media, and art. Before graduating with honors from the Scenography program at KU, Leah received the Kilty Kane award, one of the highest commendations within the department, for her work as an artist, scholar, and embodiment of the KU spirit throughout her time at KU.
Leah lives with her husband and two dogs near Washington D.C. and thoroughly enjoys writing about her life in the third person.
Upcoming projects include the Scenic Design for Black Nativity at Anacostia Playhouse, directed by Pastor Stephawn Stephens, the Scenic Design for The Rommate at Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Silverthorne, Colorado, and the Scenic and Costume Designs for The Nether at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Details on other projects to be forthcoming.