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Szu-Feng Chen

Department Chair , Theatre and Dance
Phone: (603) 862-4445
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm D15, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Szu-Feng Chen is an artist, designer, and educator from Taiwan, where she received Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Taipei National University of the Arts. Szu-Feng serves as the Director of Design and Theatre Technology for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Hampshire. Her interest in integrating unconventional materials in her creative artistry has led her to a 3R (recycle, reuse, reduce) approach in her design prcoess, and her passion for sustainable design practices in visual storytelling. Szu-Feng has worked and collaborated with artists around the world for over a hundred theatrical productions. Her design works and research have been presented in exhibitions and conferences including World Stage Design in Canada (2022), South Korea (2009), and Canada (2005), Chinese-American Art Fac-ulty Symposium (2019), the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (2015, 2014, 2010), Prague Quadrennial (2007, 2003), and Beijing Annual Theater Art Exhibition (2002). She re-ceived the Gold Sustainability Award (2021), Outstanding Assistant Professor Award (2014) at UNH, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumnna of School of Theatre from Taiepi National University of the Arts (2012). Szu-Feng holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of United States Institute of Theatre Tech-nology (USITT), Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre (OISTAT), and the Chinese-American Art Faculty Association (CAAFA). <a href="http://www.szufengchen.com">http://www.szufengchen.com</a&gt;.

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Theater&Dance
  • INCO 790: Advanced Research Experience
  • THDA 460: Elements of Design
  • THDA 546: Costume Design for the Theatre
  • THDA 589: Practicum/Performance
  • THDA 650: Scene Painting for the Theatre
  • THDA 651: Rendering for the Theatre
  • THDA 652: Scene Design
  • THDA 796: Independent Study


  • M.F.A., Design & Technology, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.F.A., Set Design, Taipei Natl Univ of the Arts

Research Interests

  • Costume design
  • Design Arts
  • Rendering
  • Scenic painting
  • Set design
  • Theatre technology

Artistic Activities