Sarah J. Fabian smiles into the camera.
Associate Professor; Managing Director of Stage Center Theatre
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5964
Scenic Design, Lighting Design Theory, Costume Design Theory, Figure Drawing, Rendering, Model-building, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Scenic Painting, Scenic Construction, Properties Design, Properties Construction, Storytelling, Toy Theatre, Puppetry, Portfolio Development, Portfolio Website Design, Digital Photography
Courses Taught
CMTT 346: American Musical Theatre
CMTT 340: Set Design
CMTT 339: Technical Theatre Producion
CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre (Puppet Theatre)
CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre (The Art of Visual Storytelling)
CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre (European Opera & Musical Theatre)
CMTT 333: Contemporary Theatre
CMTT 240: Foundations of Theatrical Design
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
STAM 300: The Performative Self - Exploring Identity and Character Through Theatre
Research Interests
Theatrical Scenic Design; Theatre for Young Audiences; Immersive Design; Theatre for Public Discourse; Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion in Theatre; Design for New Play Development; Playwriting

M.F.A. in Stage Design - Scenic Design, Northwestern University

B.A. in Theatre with a Studio Art minor in Oil Painting, Hope College


Sarah earned her MFA in Stage Design – Scenic Design from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she received a full-ride scholarship, and trained under award-winning scenic designers: Daniel Ostling, Todd Rosenthal and Walt Spangler.

Upcoming Work: The Cake (Nashville Repertory Theatre) in October 2022, and Once: The Musical (Writer's Theatre) in 2023

Select Credits:  Lookingglass Alice (Assistant Scenic Designer for 2022 remount production in Chicago, and the 2015 Miami and Denver Tours, Lookingglass Theatre Company); South of Settling (Steppenwolf);  In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (TimeLine Theatre Company); The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and James and the Giant Peach (Filament Theatre); Fulfillment Center and 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre); Unseen and A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre).

Her design work has been recognized regionally by the American College Theatre Festival, nationally by the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally at the Prague Quadrennial exhibition held in the Czech Republic. Her photography work has been exhibited in New York City.

Room FA 232
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5964
Office Hours
Monday: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Main Campus