Anya Klepikov is a New York based set and costume designer for theater, opera, dance, installation, and webseries. She collaborates with a colorful spectrum of artists from Amanda Palmer and Kathleen Chalfant to Adam Goldman and Preston Lane on regional, Off-Broadway, experimental, traditional, high budget and independently financed productions.
Frequent collaborators include director Mike Donahue (Uncle Vanya, As You Like It, Big Love, Cries and Whispers, Brand, Bacchae, Tommy, RENT, Electronic City, God is a DJ, Recess, Moscow, Cheryomushki!, and a winning production proposal for Ainadamar), director and playwright Preston Lane (Glass Menagerie, A Doll House, Dial M for Murder, Kingdom of Earth, Radiunt Abundunt), and the late director Tim Vasen (Troy: After and Before, Alice: A New Play, Der Bourgeois Bigwig, Great Expectations, Eugene Onegin, Eyes up High in the Redwood Trees).
In 2016 Anya designed two world premieres. Radiunt Abundunt was a new collaboration between playwright/director Preston Lane and singer songwriter Laurelyn Dossett at Triad Stage, NC. In addition to designing the scenery for this production, Anya also created the twenty-one original paintings, representing the work of the main character, an outsider artist. In opera, Anya designed the set and costumes for Empty The House, a one-act chamber opera by Rene Orth and Mark Campbell produced by the Curtis Institute. Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOs6thYoMM
Previous opera work includes costumes for An American Tragedy, Glimmerglass Festival; sets for Mourning Becomes Electra, Florida Grand Opera; sets for Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress, Princeton Festival; sets for La Boheme, Yale Opera; set and costumes for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki!, Chicago Opera theater; and set and costumes for Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, Fort Worth Opera Festival.
Anya is currently working on the costume design for Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus & Euridice directed by Keturah Stickann for the Vermont Opera Project. Site-specific performances will take place in August at the Vermont Marble Museum and in September at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
This year Anya is a visiting lecturer in scenic design and guest artist at Brown University, as well as a Teaching Artist with the Roundabout Theater Company. Recently the CAJ Fellow at Colgate University, she has also given an annual lecture on color at the Yale School of Drama since 2014. Anya holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from the University of Chicago.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Featured in "Young Designers to Watch," LIVE DESIGN MAGAZINE, Nov. 2010
Set design for The Glass Menagerie featured in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE, Nov. 2010
Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design: A Woman of No Importance, Yale Repertory Theatre 2008
Winner of OPERA America’s “Emerging Director/Designer showcase,” Sets and Costumes, 2009
Selected production photos from Der Bourgeois Bigwig (2012), James Magruder’s new adaptation of Moliere’s “Bourgeois Gentilhomme” with music by Richard Strauss; Princeton University, Berlind Theatre, 2012 (Photos: Anya Klepikov). Director: Tim Vasen. Set and costumes: Anya Klepikov. Lighting: Jane Cox.
“Freshmen Draw Inspiration from Museum Collection” | Princeton University Art Museum