Department of Drama
Associate Professor, Theater Design and Technology
Celia and Issac Heiman Chair
Felix E. Cochren Jr. is a scenic and costume designer. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and is an associate member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, N.Y. His New York credits include Broadway productions of 'Home,' 'Inacent Black,' and 'Amen Corner' and off-Broadway productions of 'A Soldiers Play,' 'A Brief History of White Music,' and 'Lotto.' Other New York credits include designs for the New Federal Theatre, Billie Holiday Theatre, Opera Ebony, Boys Choir of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, the Negro Ensemble Company, Soho Rep, and the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
Cochren’s resident theater credits include productions for Alabama Shakespeare Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Syracuse Stage, GeVa, Alliance Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Harmonie Park Playhouse, Freedom Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Cleveland Play House, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Crossroads Theatre, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Guthrie, the Huntington, and the Goodman. For the Opera Company of Philadelphia, he created sets and costumes for Porgy and Bess, which were also featured in productions for Indianapolis, Atlanta, Tulsa, and Memphis.
Cochren’s much awarded artistry has been seen in group and solo shows at Lincoln Center in New York, the Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn, and in Canada, Japan, Ireland, Poland, and the Czech Republic. In 2005 his work was included in the World Stage Design International Exhibition in Toronto and has been featured in Black Mask magazine, Entertainment Design magazine and Designing and Drawing for the Theatre by Lynn Pecktal. He has been honored with the Black Theatre Network’s Winona Fletcher Award for Excellence in Design, six St. Louis Black Rep’s Woodie King Awards, seven AUDELCO Awards (New York City), a Cleveland Newspapers Tribute, a Detroit Free Press Award, nominations for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and BTAA Award, a shared OBIE Award for Black Nativity and most recently, the first award for Outstanding Scenic Design from the National Black Theatre Festival. Cochren also received VPA’s Outstanding Faculty Award for 2007-08.