Third-Year MFA Students

Michelle Lilly

Michelle Lilly - Scenic Design

Michelle is a third-year scenic design MFA candidate. Her work at Northwestern includes Agamemnon (Louis Theatre), Fuente Ovejuna (Barber Theatre), Three Sisters (Wallis Theatre), In the Red and Brown Water(Louis Theatre) and Vinegar Tom (Louis Theatre).

Michelle holds a BA with majors in Theatre and English from Truman State University and has lived and worked in Chicago since graduating in 2005. She spent five years as the Technical Assistant in the scenery department at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and four years as an Artist in Residence with New Leaf Theatre, where her design work included Arcadia, Lighthousekeeping, The Man Who Was Thursday, Redeemers, Curse of the Starving Class, andTouch. She has designed for local companies such as Lifeline, Emerald City, A Red Orchid (Youth Ensemble), TUTA, Theatre Seven, The Side Project, Profiles, Wheaton College, The Muni (Springfield, IL) and Springfield Theatre Center. Michelle is also the co-founder of Aether and Nyx, a Chicago-based design firm, and co-founder of Rabbit Hole, a Chicago company that designs immersive, narrative-based games.

Amanda Rabito

Amanda Rabito - Costume Design
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Amanda Rabito is a third year MFA candidate in costume design. Originally from the Chicago area, Amanda received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying theatre and art history. Prior to attending Northwestern, Amanda designed Spring Awakening, Helen, and Speech & Debate. Additionally, Amanda worked in the costumes department for the New London Barn Playhouse (New Hampshire) during their 2015 season. Her previous design credits at Northwestern include Agamemnon and Passion Play. Her upcoming 2017/2018 season projects will include Company and Ever in the Glades.

Alicia Matz

Alycia Matz - Costume Design
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Alycia Matz is a third year MFA candidate in costume design. Earning a BS degree in Psychology and a BA in Theatre at Indiana University, Alycia’s focus shifted more exclusively to costume design as her means of exploring the intricacies of human behavior and interaction. She has had the joy of working on a variety of production types, be it theatre, dance, opera, or short film. Prior to Northwestern, Alycia fulfilled roles as designer, assistant designer, crafts artisan, first hand, and stitcher at various locales, including Indiana University, Indiana Festival Theatre, PCPA‐Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and Opera in the Ozarks.Alycia’s design credits at Northwestern include Urinetown: The Musical and Three Sisters, with In the Red and Brown Water and The Fairy tale Lives of Russian Girls upcoming for the 2017/2018 season.

Matt Sharp

Matt Sharp - Lighting Design
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Matt Sharp strives to create bold, clean, legible designs that trust the expressive capacity of the human performer. East Coast native, English major, and the son of classical musicians, Matt freelanced in Philadelphia for ten years prior to attending grad school, lighting equal measures of theatre and dance. Select designs include: The Hairy Ape, Death of a Salesman, GINT, A Doll's House, Marat/Sade, Waiting for Godot (EgoPo Classic Theater); Always Coming Soon: The Future and The Last Plot In Revenge (Brat Productions); Hinckley, Frost/Nixon, Hurlyburly, RFK, Pterodactyls, Savage/Love and Tongues (New City Stage Company); The Fair Maid of the West, Mary Stuart, Timon of Athens, The Duchess of Malfi(Philadelphia Artists' Collective); and works by Group Motion Dance Company, Susan Rethorst, Brigitta Herrmann, Mary Anthony, DanceFusion, , Gabrielle Revlock, and many others. Matt's designs at Northwestern include Agamemnon, Passion Play, Distractedby Distraction from Distraction (Danceworks 2017), ellipsis (Danceworks 2016). In the 2017-18 Northwestern season Matt will be designing Company, directed by Bill Brown, and Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, directed by Caitlin Lowans.

Jessica Neill

Jessica Neill - Lighting Design

Jessica is a lighting designer inspired by music, movement,and everyday magic. Prior to graduate school, Jessica designed and staged managed around the greater Nashville area, as well as worked for Mankin Media Systems providing lighting design and drafting support. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky,she earned her BFA in Theatre from Western Kentucky University in 2011. While at Northwestern, she has designed lighting for Skin in Danceworks 2016, Crime and Punishment, Stickfly, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble November 2015 concert. Upcoming NU designs include Twelfth Night and Ever in the Glades. Jessica is driven to combine her love of politics, history, and the arts into meaningful storytelling experiences.


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