Hi there! I'm Jill Davis, a scenic designer and scenic artist based in Cleveland, Ohio.  I'm an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, and I have designed and painted scenery at theaters across the country (Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theater, American Stage Theater, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and Chautauqua Theater Company, to name a few) and even overseas at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

I came to theater as a fine art major in college who began painting scenery in the theater department. I quickly realized that theater was a wonderful, collaborative way to make art.  In graduate school studying scenic design I learned how satisfying it is to work with a director and other designers to bring a play to life.


Painting in LORT theater was the forefront of the first 12 years of my career.  It gave me the opportunity to work in outstanding facilities with a wide variety of amazing designers, directors and production artists.  More and more design opportunities came along during those years allowing me to delve into scripts with directors to create the visual world that would support each story.  


Teaching scenic and lighting design is the newest chapter in my career, and I can emphatically say that it has reinvigorated my design process and made me a better designer.  Teaching students how to create visual metaphors for the words in a script keeps me constantly searching for new, stimulating ways to do it myself.  My favorite productions have been the ones that had a compelling process of developing ideas with the director.


I'm always looking to expand my range by working with new directors in other theaters around the country.  If you are a director or producer interested in working with a scenic designer who truly loves collaboration, please contact me with the form below.










Cleveland Play House, Case-CPH MFA Acting Ensemble

    Clybourne Park, director Don Carrier, 2016

     Too True to be Good, director Don Carrier, 2014

     Identity Theft, director Anders Cato, 2013

     Present Laughter, director Jerrold Scott, 2010

     An Orchard, director Mark Alan Gordon, 2009

     Cloud Nine, director Ronald Wilson, 2009

     All’s Well That Ends Well, director Geoffrey Bullen, 2008

     Autobahn, director Alan Rosenberg, 2008

     Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, director Mark Alan Gordon, 2007

     Arcadia, director Ronald Wilson, 2007

     As You Like It, director Edward Morgan, 2007

     Big Love, director Mark Alan Gordon, 2007

     Heartbreak House, director Jerrold Scott, 2006

     The Little Foxes, director Ronald Wilson, 2006

     A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Mark Alan Gordon, 2005

     Triumph of Love, director Jonathan Silverstein, 2005

     The Real Thing, director Jerrold Scott, 2005

     Hurlyburly, director Ronald Wilson, 2004

     Bus Stop, director Ronald Wilson, 2004

     Twelfth Night, director Mark Alan Gordon, 2003

     Hay Fever, director Ronald Wilson, 2003


The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK

      Chez Feydeau, director Geoff Bullen, 2016


American Stage Theater Company, St. Petersburg, FL

      A Doll’s House, director Seth Gordon, 2012


Case Western Reserve University Department of Theatre

     Barefoot in the Park, director Ron Wilson, 2016

     The Addams Family, director Jerrold Scott, 2015

     A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Jayce Tromsness, 2015

     The Learned Ladies, director Ron Wilson, 2015

     The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, director Jerrold Scott, 2014

     Black Comedy, director Ron Wilson, 2013

     Betty the Yeti, director Jerrold Scott, 2013

     The Crucible, director Donald Carrier, 2013

     The Rocky Horror Show, director Jerrold Scott, 2012

     Top Girls, director Catherine Albers, 2012

     The Underpants, director Ron Wilson, 2011

     Les Liaisons Dangereuses, director Jerrold Scott 2011

     The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, director John Jenson 2010

     Stage Door, directors Mark Alan Gordon and John Jenson 2008

     Glass Menagerie, director Jerrold Scott 2008

     Shadow of a Gunman, director Mark Alan Gordon 2007

     Much Ado About Nothing, director Jerrold Scott 2007

     A Bright Room Called Day, director Mark Alan Gordon 2006


Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH

     Footloose, director Sean McKnight, 2014

     Looking After Norman, director Catriona Macphie 2008


Oberlin College Department of Theater and Dance, Oberlin,

     Strike Slip, director Heather Anderson Boll, 2012


The Cleveland Play House Children’s Theatre, Cleveland, OH 2004-2007

     The Wind in the Willows, director Seth Gordon

     Puss in Boots, Follow the Seasons, Jabberwocky, The Nutcracker,

     The Emperor’s New Clothes, Balto; director Bill Hoffman

Ohio Northern University Summer Theatre, Ada, OH

      The King and I, director Renee Dobson 1998

      Pump Boys and Dinettes, director Doug Lutz 1999

      Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? director Renee Dobson 1998

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

      Translations, director Donna Snow 1999

      The Magnanimous Cuckold, director Bob Hedley 1998

      Wedding Band, director Connie Norman 1997




Charge Scenic Artist Cleveland Play House 2001-2011

In charge of painting scenery and props for 7-10 productions each season, supervising 2 scenic artists, consulting with scenic designer and all other production departments for the timely execution of all scenic elements, responsible for budget of paint department.  Selected productions include:

     Emma, designer Robert Morgan, director Peter Amster

     Crime and Punishment, designer Lee Savage, director Anders Cato

     Pride and Prejudice, designer Robert Koharcheck, director Peter Amster

     Around the World in Eighty Days, designer Takeshi Kata director Bart DeLorenzo

     The Glass Menagerie, designer Robert Morgan, director Michael Bloom

     Doubt, designer Russell Parkman, director Seth Gordon

     The Chosen, designer Michael Raiford, director Seth Gordon

     Lincolnesque, designer Todd Rosenthal, director Michael Bloom

     A Streetcar Named Desire, designer Todd Rosenthal, director Michael Bloom

     Well, designer Michael Raiford, director Michael Bloom

     I Am My Own Wife, designer Hugh Landwehr, director Anders Cato

     A Christmas Story, designer Michael Ganio, director Seth Gordon

     The Dinner Party, designer Vicki Smith, director Peter Hackett

     Dirty Blonde, designer Vicki Smith, director Peter Hackett

     I Hate Hamlet, designer Bill Clarke, director David Colacci

     Proof, designer Michael Ganio, director Seth Gordon


Guest Scenic Charge Artist Ohio Northern University

      Urinetown, 2010, designer Alexis Distler

      Cabaret, 2009, designer Toru Shimakawa


Charge Scenic Artist The Minnesota Ballet, Duluth, MN 2009

      Backdrops for A Manhattan Nutcracker, designer Curt Phillips, Choreographer Allen Fields


Guest Charge Scenic Artist The Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2008

      Backdrops for West Side Story, designer Paul Wonsek


Guest Scenic Artist Chautauqua Theatre Company, Chautauqua, NY 2006

      The Cherry Orchard, designer Troy Hourie, director Ethan McSweeney


Charge Scenic Artist Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY 2004

      Once on This Island, designer Troy Hourie, director Marcia Milgrom Dodge


Charge Scenic Artist Bigfork Summer Play House, Bigfork, MT 2004

      Annie Get Your Gun, designer Cliff Simon, director Chad Henry


Charge Scenic Artist Summer Repertory Theatre, Santa Rosa, CA 2001

      Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, designer Michael Smith

      Street Scene, On the Verge, designer Peter Crompton

      Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Noises Off!, designer Eric Sinkkonen


Charge Scenic Artist PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC 2000-2001

      Side Man, designer Narelle Sissons, director Drew Barr

      Master Harold and the Boys, designer Bill Clarke, director John Dillon

      All’s Well That End’s Well, designer McKay Coble, director David Hammond

      Look Homeward Angel, designer Tim Saternow, director Kent Paul


Charge Scenic Artist Weston Playhouse Theatre Co., Weston, VT, Summer 2000

      The Threepenny Opera, designer Jim Kronzer, director Malcolm Ewen         

      School For Wives, designer Howard Jones, director Michael Unger

      My Fair Lady, designer Russell Parkman, director Peter Amster

      The Mystery of Irma Vep, designer Tim Saternow, director Steve Stettler

      Saturday Night, designer Dick Block, director Tim Fort


Scenic Artist Alley Theatre, Houston, TX, 1994-1996 (selected shows)

     Angels in America, designer Tony Straiges, director Michael Wilson

     The Food Chain, designer Richard Isackes, director Gregory Boyd

     The Mystery of Irma Vep, designer Jeff Cowie, director Michael Wilson

      Hamlet: A Monologue, director and designer Robert Wilson

      Antony and Cleopatra, designer Kevin Rigdon, director Vanessa Redgrave


Charge Scenic Artist Ohio Northern University Summer Theatre 1995-1997, 2005

      Once Upon a Mattress, designer Scott Henkels, director Robert Behrens

      A Funny Thing Happened…, designer Tom Monaco, director Robert Behrens

      The Sound of Music, designer Tom Monaco, director Renee Dobson

      Forever Plaid, designer Kurt Sharp, director Kirsten Osbun





Case Western Reserve University Department of Theatre

     Proof, director Christpher Bohan, 2016

     Lobby Hero, director David Vegh, 2015

     The Bald Soprano, director Christopher Bohan, 2014

     Fifth of July, director Catherine Albers, 2013

     Love’s Labour’s Lost, director Beth McGee, 2012




United States Institute of Theater Technology, 2012, 2013



Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1999

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts, Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, 1994

Cobalt Studios, White Lake, NY, Summer Scene Painting and Translucent Drop Seminars

Continuing Education course in Photoshop, Cleveland Institute of Art, 2002


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