Anya Klepikov designs spaces and clothes to clarify and amplify a broad spectrum of performance events in collaboration with theater artists, musicians, and other performers. Productions include theater, opera, dance, performance, installation, and a web series. Influenced by teachers Ming Cho Lee and Jean-Guy Lecat, Anya’s interest in the spatial relationship between performers as well as between performers and the audience is at the heart of each design.
Her most recent set design for Taylor Mac’s "The Lily’s Revenge" directed by Jennifer Onopa at UMass Amherst featured the audience’s journey through several different spaces and seating configurations, designed to amplify the genres characterizing each of the five acts. Check out a time lapse video of two key scenic transitions here.
As a costume designer, Anya is indebted to mentor Jane Greenwood for the notion of “clothes” in costume design. She works to achieve an effortless harmony between the performer and their clothes and relishes the process of creating a character together with an actor.
Anya’s theatrical collaborations have included a wide range of artists including Tea Alagic, Tei Blow, Steven Bogart, Liz Carlson, Kathleen Chalfant, Jane Cox, Mike Donahue, Laurelyn Dossett, Lawrence Edelson, Sara Erde, Eric Sean Fogel, Michael Gieleta, Adam Goldman, Spencer Golub, Jane Greenwood, Wendall Harrington, Ethan Heard, Adam Immerwahr, Dane Laffrey, Preston Lane, Gilbert McCauley, Meg Miroshnik, Kym Moore, Kevin Newbury, Rene Orth, Amanda Palmer, Tobias Picker, Ashley Teague, Mei Ann Teo, Tim Vasen, Gene Scheer, Max Vernon, Kate Whoriskey, Robert Wurtzel, and Lauren Yee.
Anya’s work in opera includes costumes for the nationally acclaimed "The Cradle Will Rock!" at Opera Saratoga, a site-specific touring production of "Orpheus & Euridice" with the Vermont Opera Project, "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.
Here you can watch the full video of a chamber opera "Empty The House", by Rene Orth and Mark Campbell, directed by Ethan Heard, for which Anya designed the set and costumes.
Anya’s love of painting has also taken her beyond scenic and costume design. In addition to designing the set for the 2016 world premiere of "Radiunt Abundunt", a collaboration between playwright/director Preston Lane and singer songwriter Laurelyn Dossett at Triad Stage, Anya also created the twenty-one original paintings, representing the work of the main character, an outsider artist. She has also illustrated a children’s book of poetry in collaboration with Boston-based poet Marina Eskina.
Anya first discovered the creative possibilities of teaching as a Teaching Artist with the Roundabout Theater Company whose Education arm subscribes to a unique pedagogical philosophy. Currently an Assistant Professor in Scenic Design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Anya has previously lectured on set and costume design at Princeton, Brown and Colgate Universities. In addition to teaching design, she has given a number of lectures at the Yale School of Drama as well as developed semester-long courses at Princeton and UMass on the subject of color practice for designers. Most recently Anya presented a workshop called "The Color of Space: A Tool of Spatial Design" at the 2018 International Design Principles and Practices conference in Barcelona. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from the University of Chicago.