Sarah JHP Watkins (Scenic Designer) Born in and adopted from Jinhae City, South Korea, Sarah grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - a northwest suburb of Detroit, but now calls Chicago her home. She is a freelance scenic designer, photographer, and educator. Sarah loves the Chicago theatre community, and strongly supports the vibrant storefront theatre scene. She was a company member with Two Pence Theatre Company in Chicago as their Resident Scenic & Properties Designer and Director of Internship Programming before they closed their doors in October 2016. Sarah works as a design studio assistant for scenic designer Daniel Ostling, and has worked on The Hounds of Baskerville, Hard Times, Title & Deed to name a few.
Her design work has been recognized regionally by the American College Theatre Festival Region III, nationally by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally at the Prague Quadrennial exhibition held in the Czech Republic. Her photography work has been exhibited in New York City.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design and a Studio Art Minor in Oil Painting from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from Northwestern University's Stage Design Program in Evanston, Illinois where she received a full-ride scholarship. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre in Northeastern Illinois University's Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre, where she is the Managing Artistic Director of The Stage Center Theatre and resident scenic designer.