Denise R. Massman, MFA has been specializing in all aspects of theatre design for over 30 years. She has designed costumes for sets and costumes for Olana Historical Site environmental theatre show about artist Frederick Church; sets and costumes for Aunt Leaf and costumes for In Praise of Elephants for the Ancram Opera House; costumes for Othello, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and The Tempest for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; The Marriage of Figaro for The Montana Lyric Opera Company; The Miracle Worker and Steel Magnolias for The Montana Repertory Theatre; George M! for The Missoula Children’s Theatre; My Fair Lady and K2 for the Alpine Theatre Project; dance costumes for Motrans Dance Company: Onsite tableaus for a multimedia project called Geyserland; The Secret Garden, the opera, Hansel and Gretel and First Lady at Lawrence University; Martha Mitchell Calling and OR at StageWorks Hudson and a long career at Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, Montana. She designed costumes for Venus in Fur and Gypsy, a Musical Fable, at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. She has presented work internationally in Norway, Mexico, Prague, Helsinki and Canada as well as serving national and local theatre groups. She designs sets and costumes regularly for Siena College and teaches interdisciplinary and theatre design courses.
I value arts as an integral part of a vibrant and successful society. As a teacher I convey that love and value for the arts by guiding students to understand themselves as potential artists or supporters of the arts. I have worked my entire life in the theatre as a designer and I bring these important life lessons and experiences to the classroom.