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Set Designer

Andrea Bechert creates set designs for OSJ’s 2018-19 production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Ms. Bechert has designed over 300 productions and numerous world premieres at theatres across the country.  Local companies she has designed for include TheatreWorks (over 30 productions), Center Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San José, Peninsula Youth Theatre, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, the Douglas Morrison Theatre, San Jose Children’s Musical Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, Palo Alto Players, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and San Jose Stage Company. Regional companies she has designed for include The Cleveland Playhouse, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas, The Starlight Theatre, Wildwood, The Monomoy Theater, and many others. 

Current projects include Sisters Matsumoto at Center REP, Romeo & Juliet at Chautauaqua Theatre in New York, Constellations with TheatreWorks, Beauty & the Beast for the Mountain Play on Mount Tamalpais, and several musicals with Peninsula Youth Theatre where she serves as resident designer.

Her designs have been included in the 2005 World Design Expo and her scenic, costume, and projection designs for Mad Forest were selected for the 1996 Prague Quadrennial exhibit.  She was the Keynote speaker at the USITT Northwest Regional conference in Reno in 2010. 

Her numerous awards include Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Denver Ovation Award, and the international Falstaff Award nomination, and more than 20 other regional design awards.

Ms. Bechert teaches Design and Technology at San Jose State University, and has worked at and taught at several universities and colleges including the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Ohio University, the University of Miami, and the University of Wisconsin.   

Please visit her website for additional information.