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University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Design and Production, Winston Salem, NC, 2003-2007

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration Scenic and Lighting Design, 2007


     Continued Education and Professional Development

  Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC, 2009-2010

     *Continuing studies in Museum Exhibition Design



To work in a creatively charged collaborative environment applying a wide range of skills and experiences in developing engaging, creative, thought provoking, informative, educational, and inspiring ways for a variety of communities to interact art and design.

Professional Profile

Diverse experience in a wide range of collaborative projects within the performing and visual arts disciplines including theatre designs in scenery, properties, lighting and media/projection, museum and gallery exhibition design and installation, graphic design, architectural lighting design, art director for film and video, and event design. This wide range of experiences has required developing a strong skill set and proficiency in multiple programs, techniques, and processes; ability to balancing multiple projects at a time developing strong time management and organizational skills; an intimate understanding of the design process which demands strong creative problem solving and organization skills; strong verbal and visual communication skills; balancing creative and conceptual design elements with cost effective strategies and budgetary restrictions; and ability to adapt to a changing work environments and a diverse range of coworkers and collaborators with many different skill sets from artists and designers to carpenters and crane operators.

Selected Theatre Design Experience


Diary of Anne Frank (Scene Design)

Director, Anna Ward

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


Locomotion (Scene Design)

Director, Jennifer Nelson

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC


Give A Mouse A Cookie (Scene Design)

Director, Jerry Whiddon

Adventure Theatre, Washington, DC


Photograph 51 (Properties Design)

Directed by Daniella Topol, Scene Design by Giorgos Tsappas

Theatre J, Washington, DC


In Darfur  (Scene Design)

Director, Derek Goldman

Theatre J, Washington, DC


Forever Plaid (Scene Design)

Director, Bobby Smith

Olney Theatre Center, Olney MD


The Receptionist (Scene Design)

Director, Kate Davis

Studio 2nd Stage, Washington, DC


Holes (Scene Design)

Director, Rachel Grossman

Adventure Theatre, Washington, DC

Selected Exhibition Design and Installation Experience


Musing: Andy Warhol

Exhibition Designer and Curator, HannaH J Crowell

Smith Gallery, Appalachian State Department of Art, Boone NC


Intervention: Kirsten Stolle (sight specific installation)

Artist, Kirsten Stolle; Curator, Mary Anne Redding

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone NC


Quicksilver: New Acquisitions from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (sight specific installation)

Artist, Andy Warhol; Curator Mary Anne Redding

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone NC


Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects (sight specific installation)

Artist, Ben Butler; Curator, Mary Anne Redding

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone NC


An Appalachian Summer Festival 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Director, Denise Ringler, Exhibition Designer and Curator, HannaH J Crowell

Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC


Legacy, Tradition, Reinvention - Penland Resident Artists

Artists, Tom Shields, Robin Johnston, David Eichelberger, Dustin Farnsworth, Rachel Meginnes, Micah Evans; Curator, Hank Foreman

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone NC


Dream Repeater: Utopia (sight specific installation)

Artist, IlaSahai Prouty; Curator, Brook Bower

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone NC


Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival (sight specific installation)

     Director and Curator, Derek Goldman

      Georgetown University and Arena Stage, Washington, DC


 Art Direction

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HannaH Jean Crowell was taken captive by the world of art as a young child and she has no intention of making an attempt to escape any time soon. Though the "picture" changes all the time, the one thing that never changes, is the sense of adventure. Her journey through the arts began in the mountains of North Carolina. From the canvas to the camera or the orchestra pit to the stage, HannaH's childhood was rich in all types of artistic adventures, but it was design that caught her attention and took her to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received her B.F.A. in Design and Production with a focus in Scenic and Lighting Design.


After receiving her degree, and spending a summer backpacking Europe, she moved to Washington, D.C. for the William R. Kenan Fellowship for Scene Design at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a fellow, she served as the resident Scene Design assistant at the Kennedy Center and worked throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area on many other projects. Following the Kenan Fellowship, Crowell continued to work as a designer in theatre throughout the D.C. metro area for 4 years designing scenery, projections, properties, and serving as an associate or assistant designer on over 100 productions. She has also designed special events, weddings, graphics, websites, interactive exhibitions, and worked for an architectural lighting design firm as an assistant designer and graphics designer. Crowell's career continues to evolve and she has found an artistic home in the creative walls of the museum and gallery. She now resides in Charlotte, NC where she works as the Exhibition Designer at the Mint Museum.


Through the many projects, Crowell has explored her way through all the avenues of the arts and the journey continues. In 2011, she spent 6 months traveling the United States by road visiting 38 states, taking over 13,000 pictures, and listening to over 150 mixed CDs. Whether it is a road trip, designing scenery for the stage, taking a hike, or designing and installing an exhibition, she is always ready for the next adventure.


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BC Place Stadium Vancouver, BC

Concept rendering for Architectural Lighting Design renovation

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

-Henry Miller