Maureen Weiss

Associate Professor Performance Design
Performing Arts
Performing Arts Division


  • BFA: Acting, University of Southern California (USC)
  • MFA: Scenic Design, California State University at Long Beach (CSULB)


Maureen Weiss has been an experimental designer and theatre practitioner for the last twenty years. In that time, she has been the Artistic Director of Trade City Productions, which created interactive and immersive theatre experiences in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. She produced city-wide events that travelled in their one-of-a-kind “Pop-Wagon” through the cities and towns in Southern California. Using this platform, Maureen has worked steadily to increase community awareness in theatre, arts, and education. She has produced numerous art and theatrical events, and has been awarded grants from the California Arts Council, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, the City of Santa Monica, and the Community Redevelopment Agency.

 Maureen received her Masters in Theatrical Design from California State University at Long Beach and a BFA in Acting from The University of Southern California (USC).

 Maureen has designed sets, costumes, and projections for traditional and non-traditional spaces. Some of her work has been seen at (among others) The International City Theatre, Ghost Road Company, Off Square Theatre Company, Open Fist Theatre, Rogue Machine, Theatre of Note, Inside the Ford, and The Getty Villa. Her designs have also been seen in New York at The Culture Project and The New York International Fringe Festival. As an installation artist, her artwork has been included in many group shows in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to teaching at Alfred, Maureen was on faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for 10 years, teaching Scenic Design and Post-Modern Theatre Practices.

Courses Taught

  • PDAT 220 Design Fundamentals
  • PDAT/THEA 222 Stage Makeup
  • PDAT 320 Scene Design
  • PDAT Advanced Design Seminar
  • PDAT 212 Page to Stage: Script Analysis

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Author - Teaching the Epiphany at Hawaii University International Conferences for Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Education 2020
  • Author - Many Voices, Theories, and References: On Designing Sondheim

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