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Resident Scenic Designer

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-3770 College of Fine Arts and Design MIH , Box 139


Kristina Benson completed her second year as the resident scenic designer at UCO in 2019. She prefers to go by Kristy. She has enjoyed experiences working with many areas of fine arts such as theatre, musical theatre, opera, dance, choir and studio art. Some of her hobbies include: reading, embroidering, spending time with her dog and cat, yoga, dancing, rock climbing, and catching up on movies or TV shows.

Education and Certifications

Kristy received her M.F.A from Illinois State University in Scenic Design in 2016.

She received her B.A. in Theatre and Speech with a minor in Studio Arts from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2012.


Scenic Design credits: Cosi Fan Tutte - UCO; Hair: The Tribal Love Rock Musical - UCO; The Most Happy Fella - UCO; Martha: A Comedic Opera - UCO; Man of La Mancha - UCO; Chicago - UCO; Bocon - ISU; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - ISU; Pride and Prejudice - ISU; Water by the Spoonful - ISU; Stop Kiss - ISU.

Assistant Scenic Design credits: Beauty and the Beast - PCPA; You Can't Take it With You - PCPA; Lend Me a Tenor - PCPA; and Newsies - PCPA.

Some of her previous work experiences include: Assistant Scenic Designer for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre; Scenic Designer and Paint Charge for Crossroads Summer Repertory; Assistant Charge Artist for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Assistant Charge Artist for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; Stage Crew Apprentice for the Santa Fe Opera and scene shop staff for Illinois State University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Honors and Awards

KCACTF Region 3 Theatrical Design Excellence Award for Scenic Design for Water By the Spoonful 2015

KCACTF  Region 3 representative at the national convention in Washington D.C 2015

KCACTF Region 3 Theatrical Design Excellence Honorable Mention for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 2016

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