Well Hello There!
My name is Andrea Ball. I am trained as a scenic designer and scenic artist for theatre. I absolutely love visually sculpting the story and creating new worlds! Communication and collaboration between designers, production staff, and/or clients is my forte, while imaginative problem-solving (and puns) are my passion! By combining my wide range of skills as a designer with highly developed painting abilities, I devise interesting and innovative solutions.
It also helps that I have an overactive imagination and get nerdy about my paperwork.
I am currently working as a Professor of Scenic Design, using as many puns as possible. Based in Central Illinois, I am close to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
Don't worry, I still freelance!
I still have a few slots available for the 2023-2024 season
and already booking for the 2024-2025 season!
Available for scenic designs, projection & scenic design combos,
scenic painting, and graphic designs!
I have a serious work ethic and an energetic personality.
Let's talk about what we can create together!
I see you're still here... If you were looking for a more traditional Bio you can click the Show More button to see the rest. Andrea's More Traditional Take On A Bio: I received my B.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Technology at Texas State University and my M.F.A. in Scenic Design at Indiana University. Working in the theatre industry for the last 15+ years, I have held positions in a variety of areas ranging from pushing boxes for events at conference centers to designing backdrops for a ballet featuring Misty Copeland. My strength is in collaborative teamwork and communication to create new and interesting works of storytelling art. I have designed sets for a wide variety of genres, supervised employees building scenery, and run a paint shop as a charge scenic artist. By combining my wide range of skills as a designer with highly developed painting abilities, I devise interesting and innovative solutions. Communication between designers, production staff, and clients is my forte. I always find the way that the individual will understand things best, no matter their previous knowledge of 3D space, drafting, and concept. I have always approached reality differently so why not bring that to my work too? I am able to get into the weeds on a problem and untangle the small details, while still being able to zoom way out, look at the big picture, and realize that sometimes the obvious or easy solution is actually the best solution.