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Crystal Tiala

Associate Professor of Design

Courses: Elements of Theater Production, Stage Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Creating Social Activist Images

Crystal Tiala (M.F.A., University of Connecticut) is an Associate Professor of Theater in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a professional, union scenic designer who has worked in the entertainment industry since 1982 and designed over 90 productions at regional theaters throughout the East Coast and abroad.

Professor Tiala teaches courses on Elements of Theater Production, Stage Design, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, and Creating Social Activists Images. In 2008 she began a new initiative, The Arts and Social Responsibility Project, ( focusing on how to use the arts and performance to raise awareness of social and political issues. She is the faculty mentor for the student groups ASTEP [Artists Striving to End Poverty] and the Dramatics Society. 

In addition to teaching and designing at  Boston College, she has worked for regional theaters throughout the east coast including the Emerson 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. Various other experiences include: Interior Design, Event Design, Equity Stage Management, Props Design, Charge Scenic Artist, and Lead Construction on the films Lincoln, Pet Semetary and Heart of Dixie.

Professor Tiala was recognized for "Outstanding Service to Region I" for her work as Region One Chair of Design and Technology for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2008. In May, 2008, she received a BC Teaching With New Media award for her use of online resources to support student group projects in her course on Creating Social Activist Images. She serves as Chair of the United States Institute of Theater Technology/New England Section, and is a former Advisor for the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, the official puppetry museum of Connecticut. She is a scenic design member of the United Scenic Artists local 829 union.