Deya Friedman

Deya joined the CBT staff after 25 years in the Chicago and Midwest theater communities. A founding member of Chicago’s Shakespeare Repertory, Deya was on the teaching staffs of both DePaul  University and Loyola University-Chicago before moving to Knoxville to join the UT Theatre Department. As a professional stage manager, Deya’s Chicago credits include productions at the Goodman TheatreCourt TheatreNorthlight TheatreSteppenwolf Theatre, the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, and the Auditorium Theater Council’s Ovations! Series. Regional credits include 3 national tours with the Guthrie Theatre and ten consecutive seasons at Peninsula Players in Door County, Wisconsin.

Marianne Custer

Ms. Custer is the head of the MFA design program and resident designer for the Clarence Brown Theatre for more than 35 years. Her design credits include Broadway, regional theatre, the Municipal Theatre of Istanbul, and the National Theatres of Germany and Hungary. Her students have won numerous major awards in recognition of their design excellence. Her former students are working in regional theaters, regional opera companies, in New York, in film, and at universities across the country. Professor Custer has received numerous grants and traveled extensively researching costume designers in Central and Eastern Europe. The University of Tennessee has recognized her with a Thomas Jefferson Award for her research and creative accomplishments and the James R. and Nell W. Cunningham Outstanding Teaching Award. She has won the Triangle Award for Costume Design in North Carolina, the Helen Hayes Award for Costume Design in Washington D,C. and the Knoxville Coalition Award for Costume Design.