• Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler at Studio Theatre, Washington DC

  • The Wickhams by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon at the Jungle Theater

  • The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at the Jungle Theater

  • The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at Steppenwolf Theatre



I         am an artist drawn to a breadth of disciplines; my driving force lives in collaborative discourse between creative partners and the audience. Projects are a balance between devised work, scenic design, and puppet creation. Creative practice includes drawing and c-mini work.

I          investigate, dive in, seek answers and truths until satisfied, which is rare, and why deadlines are my jousting partner.

Along the way I joke of my ability to carry things. Am often found biking with a model strapped on my bike rack or pushing puppet carts down bike lanes in the snow.

I         commonly work with repeat directors/creative partners and seek out those who are open to dynamic collaboration in which all participants work together towards our common goal. And want to drink coffee and laugh along the journey.

Walking down the street or climbing a mountain or biking across Norway, I am open to the visual vocabulary around me. Storing experiences for future art making.  

I         fundamentally believe that we are all artists. Art is anything a human does beyond the basic needs of survival. I see theatre as the ultimate vehicle for dialogue, in which we come together as a community to listen, engage and discover.


- Chelsea M. Warren is a multidisciplinary theatre artist with a focus on scenic and puppet design with an interest in traditional and devised creation processes. 

- Scenic design work at companies including: Cleveland Play House, Steppenwolf Theatre, Jungle Theater, Victory Gardens Theatre, Geva Theatre in Rochester NY, Milwaukee Rep, WaterTower Theatre in Dallas TX, About Face Theatre, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre and Steep Theatre. 

- Puppet design work at companies including: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Jungle Theater, Studio Theatre in D.C., Links Hall, Lifeline Theatre and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. 

- Collaborator on ongoing puppetry and photography project with multidisciplinary artist Chantal Calato;

- Founding member of Yellow House, a devised theatre company working in both site specific and theatrical environments with the goal of placing design and performance in direct dialogue

- Member of Stones/Air, an art installation collective based in South Australia 

- Artistic Associate at Steep Theatre, Chicago

- International work includes projects in South Australia, Paris and Croatia

- Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

- Awarded the 2012 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award

-Nominated for Equity Jeff Award for Mid Size Scenic Design for The Kid Thing and After All the Terrible Things I Do, both for About Face Theatre.

- Received an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University

- Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities