Misha Kachman

Misha Kachman
Job title: 
Head of MFA in Design
Dance/Theatre Design and Production
Academic Rank: 
Associate Professor
2739 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Misha Kachman is a renowned designer who has worked at Arena Stage, Baltimore Centerstage, Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Portland Center Stage, Asolo Rep, Wilma Theater, Maryland Opera Studio, Theater J, Opera Lafayette, Skylight Music Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center and Milwaukee Shakespeare, among many other companies in the United States and abroad. Misha is a recipient of the 2013 Helen Hayes Award for his design of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Woolly Mammoth. He is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and an Associate Artist at Olney Theatre Center. Mr. Kachman is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy. He has been serving as Head of MFA in Design at University of Maryland since 2015.

Upcoming projects include Oregon Trail at Portland Center Stage, Smart People at Arena Stage, The Originalist at Asolo Rep, HIR and Kiss at Woolly Mammoth, and the world premiere of Midwestern Gothic at Signature Theatre.


Post-Graduate Study, Department of Scenography, State Academy of Theatrical Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1996; M.F.A. in Scenography, Department of Scenography, State Academy of Theatrical Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994; BFA in Painting and Graphic Art, State Industrial Arts Academy, Leningrad, U.S.S.R., 1988.

Areas of Specialization/Interest:

Scenic Design, Costume Design, History of Costume and Period Style, Painting, Drawing.

Professional Affiliations:

United Scenic Artists Local 829; Russian Artists' Union; Company Member, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC; Artistic Associate, Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

Representative Productions:

Arena Stage: Necessary Means, The Originalist; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Guards at the Taj, Women Laughing Alone With Salad, Zombie: The American, Marie Antoinette, The Totalitarians, We Are Proud to Present, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Convert, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, A Bright New Boise, Oedipus el rey, Fever/Dream, Gruesome Playground Injuries; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Mockingbird, Jason Invisible, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful, Unleashed, Barrio Grrrl! etc.; Center Stage: Stones in His Pockets; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Venus in Fur; Wilma Theater: The Body of An American, The Convert; Opera Lafayette: Les femmes vengees; Signature Theatre: Cabaret, The Fix, Threepenny Opera, Xanadu, Brother Russia, Really Really; Maryland Opera Studio: The Barber of Seville, Evgeny Onegin, Xerxes, Cosi fan tutte; Theatre J: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Communism…, After the Revolution, Our Class, The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers, Seagull on the 16th Street, Honey Brown Eyes, Either/Or, The New Jerusalem etc.; Milwaukee Shakespeare: Cymbeline; Round House Theatre: Ordinary Days, The Lyons, I Love to Eat, Young Robinhood, The Crown of Shadows, Wrinkle in Time, Around the World in 80 Days; Skylight Music Theatre: In the Heights; Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center: North Bank, Suzhou Creek

Mr. Kachman has worked as a museum designer at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia from 1994 to 1998; he is also a renowned painter and printmaker.

Honors and Awards:

2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deityat Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.