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Misha Kachman

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Professor, Dance/Theatre Design and Production
Head of MFA in Design, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Head of Design, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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Research Expertise

Costume Design
Scenic Design

Misha Kachman is an American scenic and costume designer, painter and printmaker. He has worked at Arena Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Olney Theatre Center, Opera Lafayette, Opera Royal Versailles, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Seattle Rep, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Signature Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Studio Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Theater J, Wilma Theater, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, among many other theaters in the United States and abroad. Misha is a recipient of the 2013 Helen Hayes Award and a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth in Washington and an Associate Artist at Olney Theatre Center. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He has been serving as Head of MFA in Design at University of Maryland since 2015.


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, Printmaking.

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: Kleptocracy, Two Trains Running, Smart People, Intelligence, The Originalist; Baltimore Center Stage: Stones in His Pockets; Asolo Rep: The Originalist; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Cincinnati King, Sex With Strangers, Venus in Fur; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Mockingbird, Jason Invisible, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful, Unleashed, Barrio Grrrl!; Opera Lafayette: Les femmes vengees; Milwaukee Shakespeare: Cymbeline; Portland Center Stage: Oregon Trail; Round House Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride, Ordinary Days, The LyonsI Love to Eat, Young Robinhood; Novosibirsk Red Torch Theatre (Russia): Kiss; Seattle Rep: Two Trains Running; Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center: North Bank, Suzhou Creek; Signature Theatre: Girlfriend, Midwestern Gothic, West Side Story, Cabaret, The Fix, Threepenny Opera, Xanadu, Brother Russia, Really Really; Maryland Opera Studio: The Barber of Seville, Evgeny Onegin, Xerxes, Cosi fan tutte; Skylight Music Theatre: In the Heights; Theatre J: After the Revolution, Our Class, The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers, Seagull on the 16th Street, Honey Brown Eyes, Either/Or, The New Jerusalem; Teatro Degollado, Guadalajara: Turandot; Wilma Theater: Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, The Body of An American, The Convert; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Fairview, Gloria, Botticelli in the Fire, Hir, Guards at the Taj, Kiss, Women Laughing Alone With Salad, Zombie: The American, Marie Antoinette, 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.

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 Deity at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
  • 2018 Gypsy Rose Award for Two Trains Running at Seattle Repertory Theatre.