Gianni Downs - Director of Undergraduate Studies/Lecturer of Scenic Design

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As a freelance scenic designer based in Pittsburgh, Gianni has had the pleasure of working with The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The City Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre, The Stoneham Theatre, PICT Theatre, Off The Wall Productions, and the Point Park Playhouse REP among others. Gianni is the recipient of a Kevin Kline Award in Excellence in Scenic Design for In the Next Room or the vibrator play and has been nominated for the same award on his productions of Crime & Punishment and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as a nomination for an Independent Reviewers of New England Award for Stoneham Theatre's The Dazzle. Academically, Gianni received an MFA from Brandeis University, taught at Point Park University, served as a member of the Special Faculty in Scenic Design at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, was an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Westminster College, and formally was a Visiting Professor of Lighting Design on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Design Credits


  • Scenic Design for St. Louis Repertory Theatre's production of Molly’s Hammer
  • Scenic Design for City Theatre's production of Some Brighter Distance


  • Scenic Design for Point Park Playhouse’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Scenic Design for City Theatre’s production of Oblivion
  • Scenic Design for Theatre Squared's production of Water by the Spoonful


  • Scenic Design for St. Louis Repertory Theatre’s production of A Kid Like Jake
  • Scenic Design for Front Porch Theatrical’s production of Parade
  • Scenic Design for Kinetic Theatre’s production of Romance
  • Scenic Design for PICT Theatre’s production of Woman and Scarecrow
  • Scenic Design for Point Park Playhouse’s production of The Playboy of the Western World