Sarah J. Fabian, M.F.A., Assistant Professor

Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre

College of Arts and Sciences

Northeastern Illinois University

EDUCATION

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY in Evanston, Illinois

Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design for Scenic Design, 2008-2012

Degree awarded June 2013

Thesis Chair: Todd Rosenthal

Thesis Committee: Walt Spangler, Joseph Appelt

Training: Daniel Ostling, Todd Rosenthal, Walt Spangler, Linda Roethke, Ana Kuzmanic, Joseph Appelt, Jessica Thebus, Anna Shapiro

HOPE COLLEGE in Holland, Michigan

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with Concentration in Scenic Design

Minor in Studio Art with a concentration in Oil Painting, 2004-2008

Design Mentor: Richard Smith

Training: Richard Smith, Paul Anderson, Perry Landes, Michelle Bombe, Daina Robins, John K. V. Tammi, Jean Bahle

Studio Art Mentor: Katherine Sullivan

Teaching Experience

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Northeastern Illinois University - Chicago, IL | 2016-Present

CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre (Fall 2016, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre - Hybrid (Fall 2017)

CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre - Online (Fall 2019)

CMTT 240: Stagecraft (Fall 2017)

STEAM 300: The Performative Self - Exploring Identity and Character Through Theatre (Fall 2019)

CMTC 308: Independent Study - Advanced Technical Direction & AutoCAD (K. Garcia, Fall 2017)

CMTC 308: Independent Study - Advanced Carpentry (N. Baltudis, Spring 2020)

CMTT 309: Independent Study - Technical Direction & AutoCAD (K. Garcia & J. Merel, Spring 2017)

CMTT 309: Independent Study - Professional Development: Portfolio and Resumes (T. Stevens, Fall 2019)

CMTT 309: Independent Study - Advanced Carpentry (R. Denham, Fall 2019)

CMTT309: Independent Study - Advanced Stage Design (S. Acevedo, Spring 2020)

CMTT 333: Contemporary Theatre (Fall 2018, Spring 2020)

CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre - The Art of Visual Storytelling (Spring 2017)

CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre - Musical Theatre, Europe (Summer I 2018)

CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre - Puppetry (Summer I 2019)

CMTT 339: Advanced Theatre Practicum (Fall 2016, Summer I & II 2017, Spring 2018 (2 sections), Summer I 2018)

CMTT 340: Set Design (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)

CMTT 346: American Musical Theatre (Spring 2019, Fall 2019)

CMTT 383: Professional Internship (S. Foster - Goodman Theatre Marketing Internship, Fall 2018)

ZHON 395: Honors Thesis (S. Foster - "The Future of Goodman Theatre: An Examination of Audience Development and Marketing Strategies

                        to Attract and Maintain Young Adult Audiences", Spring 2019)

CMTT423: Independent Study - New Play Development and Formation of A Theatre Company (C. Cheng, Fall 2019)

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, Northwestern UniversitY

Evanston, IL | 2013-2015

Theatre 201:  Introduction to Design, Lecture and Lab Adjunct Instructor, 2013-2015

Theatre 241:  Scene Design I, Adjunct Faculty, 2013-2014

SUBSTITUTE INSTRUCTOR

Columbia College Chicago - Chicago, IL | 2013

AutoCAD, 2013

Rendering for Theatre, 2013

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Northwestern University - Evanston, IL | 2008-2012

Theatre 241:  Scene Design I, Instructor, 2010

Theatre 241:  Scene Design I, Teaching Assistant, 2011, 2010

Theatre 119:  Production Laboratory - Electrics Instructor, 2010

Theatre 119:  Production Laboratory - Properties Instructor, 2009

Theatre 119:  Production Laboratory - Scenic Art Instructor, 2009

Theatre 119:  Production Laboratory - Scenic Carpentry Instructor, 2008

DRAMA INSTRUCTOR

Trinity High School - River Forest, IL | April-June 2011

Acting I

Introduction to Musical Theatre

Introduction to Theatre

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Hope College - Holland, MI | 2007-2008

Theatre Crafts I & II - Scenic Design segment

Advanced Scenic Design I

Advanced Scenic Design II

MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Presentation: Scenic Design

Goodman Theatre, August 2017

A one-day presentation exploring the world of theatrical design to the Williams Medical Prep students. The Goodman Education area "is committed to using the art of theater for a better Chicago. We subscribe to the idea of arts as education—using the tools of our profession to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices. In partnership with schools, our focus on professional development with teachers hones their abilities to activate student learning. With both adults and youth, our exploration of authentic voice leads to conversations about identity and commonalities in shared experience. Using our art in service of a wider vision of social change is our guiding principle—and is an extension of Goodman Theatre’s vision and values as a cultural and community organization invested in quality, diversity and community." (https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Engage-Learn/)

Workshop: Scenic Design

Steppenwolf Young Adult Council, February 2017

A one-day workshop exploring the world of scenic design. The Young Adult Council is "a unique program for passionate and motivated high school students who wish to learn the inner-workings of professional theatre from the most celebrated artists in the city. In addition to face time with these leading professionals, Council members attend the best plays in Chicago, learn how to analyze and speak about these plays and lead events for their peers around Steppenwolf productions. Council members meet once a week and receive a travel stipend for this rigorous and exciting work." (from www.steppenwolf.org/education)

Master Class: The Art of Visual Storytelling, A Pop-Up! Grinnell College, Fall 2015

A two-day master class open to the students and faculty from the departments of theatre, dance, art and art history, and music. The class focused on storytelling through two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums of found materials. Participants used personal life events as the basis of their story and used the found materials to create a piece of art that expressed their point of view. 

 

SUBJECT MATTER REVIEWER, ansrsource Content US, LLC

Gillette’s Theatrical Design and Production

Dallas, TX | 2015

Reviewed subject objectives and questions provided by ansrsource for a new online learning platform for Gilette's "Theatrical Design and Production" text in the areas of scenic design, scene construction and techiniques, and digital projection technology and design to ensure the authored objectives and questions are accurate. ansrsource is the preferred editorial services partner of the world’s leading academic publishers for the last decade.  They work with the top publishers creating content and learning solutions to fit their needs. They use creative, efficient, and inspiring teaching professionals and subject matter experts to assist them in a variety of disciplines—writing test banks and quizzes, preparing instructor materials, and filling a range of other roles.

2010 - present

2010 - present

RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

VISIT: Design Resume or (https://www.sarah-jhp-watkins.com/cv)

Conferences & Presentations

^ Fabian, S., Pareja, M., Ivey, J. (July-August 2020). Presenter & Panelist, " Back to Basics: Effective Research Methods for the Theatre Designer in the Digital Age" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Detroit, MI. 

 

^ Fabian, S., Johnson, M., McDonald, C., Rocchio, R. Rose, A., Savage, S., (July-August 2020). Presenter & Panelist, "The Future Won’t Drive Itself: A Roundtable About TYA Within ATHE" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Detroit, MI. 

 

^ Bucs, H., Cosdon, M., Eastern, S., Fabian, S., Klypchak, C., Sebestyen, J., Sills, K., Schmitt, J., Williams, C. (July-August 2020). Presenter & Panelist, " Avoiding Faculty Burnout; Sharing Self-Care Strategies" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Detroit, MI. 

^ Fabian, S. (July-August 2020). Presenter, DTM Debut Presentations, "Mentoring Student Designers for Main-Stage Productions" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Detroit, MI.

^ Eckelman, L., Pension, J., Amidei, A., Fabian, S., Pareja, M., Ivey, J. (July-August 2020). Presenter & Panelist, "DTM Teaching Roundtable: Assignments, Activities, Courses" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Detroit, MI.

Fabian, S., and Merchant, C. (February 2020). Presenter, “Nurturing Community in the Classroom" at the 2020 7th Annual Learn and Lead Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

Fabian, S. (November 2019). Presenter, “Creating the Physical World of the Play - Scenic Design." 10th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

Acevedo, S., Blair, J., Fabian, S., Lozano, P., Notterman, A. (November 2019). Presenter, “Nuevas Voces: Creating the World of the Play." 10th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

Fabian, S. (August 2019). Presenter & Panelist, TLA Focus Group: "Re-ignite your Intro to Theatre Courses with Innovative Assignments" at the Annual National Conference for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, FL
 

Blair, J., Fabian, S., Peterson, R. (November 2018). Presenter, “Nuevas Voces: Creating the World of the Play." 9th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.

^ denotes: Virtual Conference due to Covid-19 Health Crisis - presentations were pre-recorded with live components as well.

SERVICE

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY in Chicago, Illinois

Service to the University

Spring 2019                              Faculty Excellence Committee TP/RPs, Co-Chair

Spring 2019                              HerStory Committee, Member

Spring 2018 - Spring 2019       Black Ensemble Theater Partnership, Theatre Area Coordinator

Fall 2018                                   NEIU Golden Gala, Sapphire Table Representative

Fall 2018                                   Inauguration Committee, Committee Member

Spring 2018                              Search & Screen Committee for Assistant Director-Race & Ethnicity in the Angelina Pedroso Center for

                                                  Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, Committee Member

Fall 2017                                   NEIU 150th Anniversary Golden Gala, Coordinator and producer of the student performance with the Office                                                     of Alumni Relations

Service to The College of Arts and Sciences

2018-2019                                Art Search and Screen Committee, External Member and Secretary

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020           CASAAC, CMT Department Alternate Representative

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019           CASAAC, CMT Department Representative

Fall 2017 – present                   STEAM Initiative Committee, led by Dr. Ana Fraiman

Service to the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre

Nov 2019 – present                  CMT Communication Search and Screen Committee, Co-Chair

July 2019 – present                  Managing Director of Stage Center Theatre

July 2017 - June 2019              Managing Artistic Director of Stage Center Theatre

Jan 2019 – present                  CMT Talent/Special Skills Scholarship Coordinator

Nov 2017 - April 2018              CMT Theatre Search and Screen Committee, Secretary

2016-present                            Executive Committee

2016-present                            Department Personnel Committee (DPC)

Spring 2016                              CMT Brommel Scholarships Committee

2016-2017                                CMT Theatre Search and Screen Committee, Secretary

Service to the Profession

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Dec 2019 - Aug 2020              ATHE Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement Award, Committee Member

Educator Partnership Program, Course Hero, Inc. | October 2018-August 2019

Best Lecture Series:  Detail a “Best Lesson” in an article written by a Course Hero editor and published to the Course Hero website. The article will be part of a series highlighting innovative teaching methods and tactical advice from college educators around the country. Prior to publication of the feature, the Educator will review the article for accuracy. Educator agrees that Course Hero can include a link to the Educator's Course Hero profile and can include the Educator’s name and affiliation in associated marketing efforts.

 

Consulting:  Participate in research sessions to inform product, design, and community development efforts, as requested by Course Hero.

Educator Introductions:  Identify post-secondary educators who may be interested in collaborating with Course Hero, send referrals to the Educator Community team for review, and make introductions. Link to CourseHero Feature or (https://www.coursehero.com/faculty-club/best-lessons/sarah-fabian/)

Columbus Academy, Ohio

January 2018                                  Theatre Collaborators' Panel Appearance

August & October 2017                  Theatre Collaborators' Panel Appearance

September & October 2016            Theatre Collaborators' Panel Appearance

Professional Development

2019                 Online Design II, Center for Teaching and Learning

2018                 Safe Zones Training

2018                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: Closing Praxis

2017                 Desire2Learn Daylight Training: Organizing Your Course in Daylight D2L

2017                 Desire2Learn Daylight Training: Intro to New Video Tools in Daylight D2L

2017                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: Exploring Bias

2017                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: Opening Praxis

2016                 Center for Teaching and Learning Online Teaching Course

2016                 Center for Teaching and Learning Hybrid Teaching Course

2016                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: The (Dis)Ability Project

2016                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: Undocumented Student Ally

2016                 Social Justice Ally Initiative: Safe Zone Ally

2016                 Online Design I, Center for Teaching and Learning

2016                 Hybrid Design I, Center for Teaching and Learning

MEMBERSHIPS & CERTIFICATIONS

2018-2021                   Mental Health First Aid, Certified

2016-2020                  Adult & Pediatric First Aid, CPR & AED Training -- American Red Cross

2016-present            Association for Theatre in Higher Education - Full-Time Employed Member

2008-present           Theatre Communications Group - Professional Member

2008-present           USITT Professional Member

2015-2016                   Two Pence Theatre: Company Member, Resident Scenic & Props Designer, and Internship Program Director

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2018                 Faculty Excellence Award in Research & Creative Activities, Northeastern Illinois University

2018                 10 Under 10 Award Recipient, Hope College​ Alumni Association

2013                 See.Me Photography Exhibition, New York City

2012                 Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design Space; United States of America Emerge Exhibition

2008-2012    Full Scholarship to Northwestern University Stage Design Program

2008                 Brad Williams Memorial Award for Creativity and Excellence in Design from Hope College Department of Theatre

2008                 Regional Design Project Award Winner for Set Design, A Flea in Her Ear, American College Theatre Festival Region III

2008                 Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, Rose and the Rime, American College Theatre Festival Region III

2008                 Phi Beta Kappa

2004-2008    Dean's List, Hope College

2007                 Junior Prize from Hope College Department of Theatre

2007                 Certificate of Merit for Scenic Design, Perfect Pie, American College Theatre Festival Region III

2006                 Sophomore Prize from Hope College Department of Theatre

Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Photoshop

AutoCAD

Autodesk360

Carpentry

Scenic Painting​

Puppetry

Procreate

Graphic Design

Hand-stitching

Manual/Digital Photography

Microsoft Office

Portfolio Building

Website Design

Languages

English

Spanish (intermediate reading)

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Sarah J. Fabian  |  email: sarah.jhp.watkins@gmail.com  |  phone: (773) 318 - 7125

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