Kristen P Ahern



Kristen P Ahern is in her third and final year at UMD, this year she will be designing the Maryland Opera Studio production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Previous UMD credits include The Amish Project, Love & Information, and various Dance pieces. Locally she has also designed for Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, WSC Avant Bard and assisted at Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre and others.

Before pursuing her masters, she worked in Chicago: designing, assisting and creating for over 6 years. She was privileged to work with a wide variety of companies including those listed in representative works as well as Collaboraction, Silk Road Rising, Lifeline Theatre, Paramount Theatre and many others. From 2011 to 2015, Kristen managed the costume shop at Dominican University. In 2014, she returned to the company of her first professional theatre job, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, this time as shop manager and designer, and in 2016 as resident designer. Kristen also spent a stint as Artistic Director of Strange Bedfellows Theatre where she produced Inventing Van Gogh and the new work: Badfic Love. These experiences left her with an enthusiasm for teaching people about history, cultures, and each other through her work while building a stronger foundation for environmentally and socially conscious art. This year she founded Conscious Costume to begin a dialogue about the sustainability of costume design and production.


Personal Websites:


BA from Western Michigan University

Representative Productions:

The Amish Project (University of Maryland), The Fever Chart (Eclipse Theatre Company), Floyd Collins (BoHo Theatre Ensemble), Bronte (Promethean Theatre Ensemble), After Dark at the Arts Institute of Chicago (Collaboraction), Les Miserables (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre), Hairspray (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre​)