Milagros Ponce De Leon

  • Head, B.F.A. Design and Technology
  • Associate Professor of Scenic Design

226 Theatre Bldg

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Milagros studied drawing and painting at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and holds MFA degrees in both studio arts, and scenic design from the University of Maryland at College Park. Milagros joined the Design & Technology faculty at Penn State in 2010 after teaching at Stevenson University in Baltimore for 6 years. Her areas of specialization include scenic design, 3D drafting, scene painting, and rendering for the theater.

Recent design credits in the Washington DC area include scenic designs for Into the Woods,Jefferson's Garden, and Ragtime at Ford's Theatre; Life is a Dream at Gala Hispanic Theatre; and Matilda, In the Heights, and Sweeney Todd at Olney Theatre Centre. Additional credits include scenic designs for Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, Childrens Theatre of Charlotte in NC; and Catalyst Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Imagination Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Metro Stage, National Players, Opera Vivente, Roundhouse Theatre, Theatre Alliance, and Studio Theatre 2nd Stage in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. Upcoming design credits include Olney Theatre Center and Ford?s Theatre.

Milagros has received three nominations for outstanding scenic design in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local-829, an Associate Artist at Ford?s Theatre, and an Artistic Associate at Olney Theatre Center.