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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Crystal Tiala

Chair of the Theatre Department | Associate Professor

Elements of Theater Production II
Fashion and Décor
Stage Design
Can Creativity Save the World?

Crystal Tiala is a scenic designer; Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Theatre Department; Chair of the Boston College Arts Council; and creator and administrator for the Prison Arts Outreach program, mentoring students to bring the arts to two women’s incarceration facilities in Framingham, MA.

In addition to designing scenery at Boston College, her professional credits include designing at regional theaters such as Stoneham Theater, Cutler Majestic, the Boston Conservatory, StageWest, The SpeakEasy, Merrimack Repertory Theater, and Worcester Foothills Theatre in Massachusetts; Barter Theater of Virginia; Bristol Riverside Theater in Pennsylvania; Two Rivers Theater in New Jersey, The Rybinsk Theater in Rybinsk, Russia; The American Stage Festival in New Hampshire; the Connecticut Repertory Theater, Connecticut Opera, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford in Connecticut. 

As a professional scenic designer and union member of the United Scenic Artist local 829, she has completed over 100 scenic designs in regional and educational theaters on the East Coast and abroad.  Various other experiences include: interior design, event design, charge scenic artist, and lead construction on the films Lincoln, Pet Semetary, and Heart of Dixie.    

Crystal has served in previous years as the Chair of The United States Institute of Theater Technology/New England Section, Chair of Design and Technology for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Advisor for the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry of Connecticut. 

She has a BA in Interior Design from the University of Mississippi and an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Connecticut.