College of Communication and Fine Arts Department of Theatre & Dance
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Janice Benning Lacek

Assistant Professor

Janice Benning Lacek
129 Theatre Communications
(901)678-3188

Janice received her MFA from UC, San Diego in 1993. She joined the faculty in 2007 with teaching specialties in the areas of costume design and technology. Her professional design credits include projects with theatre, dance, and opera companies and training programs across the country and internationally since 1987. Highlights include the La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., Syracuse Stage, San Diego Rep, the American University of Cairo, Egypt, and the Colorado, Utah, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. Her design for CSF's Richard II was included by invitation in the US entry at the prestigious Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Theatre Design in 1999 .

A former resident designer (and founding company member) with Denver's Curious Theatre Company (1999-2003), she has also previously taught costume and theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.  Local audiences have seen her work in recent years at Theatre Memphis, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile , for which she was nominated for an Ostrander Award. She is a member of SETC, USITT and United Scenic Artists, Local 829.  

Department of Theatre & Dance
144 Theatre Building
Phone: (901) 678-2523
Fax: (901) 678-1350
Email: theatre@memphis.edu

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