"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."
Cassandra "Sandy" Phillips studied most of her life to be a field biologist. But her love of studio arts landed her a job in her college's theater department as the Scenic Charge Artist, and she soon fell in love with the preforming arts. She Graduated in 2007 with a degree in Studio arts with an Emphasis in Painting and Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Scenic Art.
Sandy then enjoyed a successful freelance career as a scenic artist in Pittsburgh, PA. painting for many theatres including the Pittsburgh Public Theatre (2007-2010) and Charging for the Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.
Sandy went on to enjoy a national career, painting for theaters such as The Santa Fe Opera, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Hartford Stage Company and earning Scenic Charge Artist credits from theaters such as Shakespeare and Company, and Barrington Stage Company.
In 2012, Sandy had the pleasure of accepting a staff position at the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and spent six exciting years painting over 64 productions for their three performance spaces. In addition to her day job, Sandy participated in OSF's various audience outreach programs and educational presentations. She was featured on the OSF website for her "Makin' a Scene" video blog and was the focus of several of OSF's Snapshot Series highlighting life back stage.
Sandy has worked as Assistant Scenic Designer to Katy Lai and Alan Schwanke, and has explored her own artistic voice as Scenic Designer for Ashland High School on five productions. Working with students and interns has awakened a love for teaching in Sandy, and she had the pleasure of teaching Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Summer Intensive Scenic Art Seminar for three years. She has been twice published in Stage Directions magazine.
In addition to a love of theater, Sandy has an ongoing commitment to equity activism and work in the fields of diversity and inclusion. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of the National ArtEquity Facilitator training in 2016, has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Planning Council at OSF, and is a member of the community-led Racial Equity Coalition and Rural Organizing Project. Sandy believes in the transformative power of story telling, and that all of our experiences are made richer by the sharing of as many perspectives as there are people.
In 2017, Sandy opened a new chapter in her life, accepting the Scenic Charge Artist position at Showman Fabricators, Inc. in Bayonne, NJ. and became a proud member of the international scenic artist union USA 829. Showman Fabricators Inc. creates dynamic sets and scenery elements for a wide spectrum of international clients, including cruise lines (Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Holland America), television (Sesame Street, The Opposition, Rachel Ray Show, Chopped, ABC, CBS, NFL, Comedy Central and Adult Swim), and Broadway (In Transit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Moulin Rouge) as well as retail display work (Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, Jet Blue,) Awards Shows such as the Tony Awards, and museum exhibitions and art pieces .
"I am going to make everything around me beautiful.
That will be my life."
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