Tania Barrenechea

Tania is a scenic designer and artisan for the theatre. She received her B. Arch in architecture from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in 2015. Before beginning her MFA, she worked as an architect for 5 years in the architecture studio Vicca Verde in Lima, Peru.

She received her MFA in Scenic Design from the Pennsylvania State University. Production credits include A Little Night Music directed by Phillip Fazio and To kill a Mockingbird directed by Susan Schulman at The Pennsylvania State University. She has assisted Milagros Ponce de Leon in the Production of Miss you Like Hell at the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland and Life is a dream at the Gala Theatre in DC.

She is the Head of Design at the University of Central Arkansas and an Assistant Professor of design at the Film, Theatre and Creative Writing Department.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Godspell
Alivia Cross

Alivia Cross is glad to be making her MacHaydn scenic design debut in the ‘23 season. Alivia is currently a Theatre Design MFA candidate at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focus is the intersection between Theatre arts, education, and safety. She recently presented her work as part of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Prior to graduate training, she worked as a scenic artist at various theatres, including, The Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL, Naples Players in Naples, FL, and Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, ME. Alivia recently returned from Prague, Czech Republic where she was researching sustainability practices within theatre arts at the Prague Quadrennial. Alivia received her bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre and Psychology from Wheaton College, MA in 2019.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - The Sound of Music
Set Designer - Jersey Boys
Erin Kiernan

Erin is returning to the Mac for her 8th summer. Past favorite designs, Oliver, La Cage, The Music Man, Rent, South Pacific. When not here with her MHT family she is the resident paint charge, scenic painting instructor and a designer at Adelphi University. This summer and everything after is dedicated to Aaron.

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Footloose
Emma Cummings

Emma Cummings is a Pittsburgh based Scenic Artist and Scenic Designer. She has worked with MacHaydn Theatre for five seasons designing the set for Pippin, Little Shop of Horrors and The Wedding Singer, as well as serving as a painter and carpenter for dozens of other productions. She has designed the sets for a variety of productions such as Tenderly; The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Playhouse on Park, CT) and Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, PA). She has painted the sets all over the Northeast in New York, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Vermont. She is currently the Scene Shop Foreman at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh. She spends her free time painting, illustrating, and collecting children’s books. She earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Slippery Rock University. www.emmacummingsdesign.com

Creative Roles this Season

Set Designer - Next to Normal
Kevin Gleason
Kevin Gleason

Kevin Gleason has been involved in many theaters since his first years in college. Spending well over a decade with Silent G Productions, he has assisted Andrew Gmoser in lighting many productions, at The Westchester Broadway Theatre, Hudson Stage, Tuckahoe High School, and many others. On his own he is a Set Designer, Lighting Designer, and Technical Director working at Yorktown High School, New Canaan High School, and Nyack High School. For the past 20 years, Kevin has been the Technical Director/Master Electrician at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY. At the Mac-Haydn, Kevin has also designed the lights or sets for Mamma Mia, Joseph….., Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, High School Musical, Footloose and Bye, Bye Birdie. Kevin is a voracious reader, enjoys time spent at Disney World, and is always receptive to any new recipe involving bacon.

Creative Roles this Season

Scenic Designer - A Chorus Line
Scenic Designer - The Full Monty
Set Designer - Xanadu
Set Designer - Forever Plaid
Lighting Designer - Limited Performances Series