Monthly Archives: October 2006

New Friends with Special Talents

Marsha Ginsberg is a scenic and costume designer teaching both disciplines in the Theater Department part time. She says, “My design work will be featured this autumn in an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. The Design Triennial, which highlights the work of selected designers and architects from many diverse disciplines. Additionally, I am a photographer and have started showing my work at a gallery in Berlin.”

She says of her work at Swarthmore, “Given that there has not been someone in this position on a regular basis, part of my mission at Swarthmore is to raise the awareness of the visual/spatial within the theater curriculum. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am the designer in residence, which entails designing both sets and costumes for the faculty-directed/student-acted production that is presented in the spring. I am also focused on mentoring students in the design are on both theoretical and realized projects. Lastly, I interact with both the scene shop and the costume shop, which implement the visual designs for all department productions as well as serve as an educational arena for students.”

Marsha’s previous teaching positions have been in the Architecture School at Parsons School of Design; Wesleyan; Dartmouth; and the University of California-Los Angeles, Department of Theater and Film. She also continues to maintain an active career as a freelance stage designer.