Assistant Professor
Set Design

Sara Brown is a set designer and Assistant Professor in Music and Theater Arts. Recent projects include The Mother of Us All at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fat Ham with the Wilma Theater, and The Other Shore with Jacob’s Pillow which will debut as a VR performance in August of 2021 and as a live installation in the summer of 2022.Her designs have been seen at the BAM Next Wave Festival, the Festival d’automn in Paris and The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.

Through her teaching, she encourages students to see stage environments as a means to shaping action and provide visual context for performance. They develop skills in drawing, painting, and model making as well as digital image manipulation and 3D CAD drawing. She mentors students to realize their own designs for departmental and independent projects. In 2019 she led a group of MIT students and incarcerated artists through the Unbound Mural project and continued this collaboration through a remote course in the spring of 2021 titled Exploring the Dramatic Imagination.

You can see her work at

Photo: Set Design for 360 video performance of The Other Shore

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