Ranae Selmeyer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Chadron State College and her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from The University of Montana. Ranae spent five years as a freelance scenic designer, scenic artist and props artist in Missoula, Montana. Notable projects include props master for the Montana Repertory Theatre’s national tour of A Streetcar Named Desire, scenic designer for Richard III, Rocky Horror Show and Much Ado about Nothing for the University of Montana, and scenic designer for Alpine Theatre Project’s production of K2. During her time in Montana she also spent many summers designing and painting musicals for Bigfork Summer Playhouse.
Ranae spent seven years working in the Phoenix Metro area. Notable professional works include scenic design of Cabaret, Music Man, Forever Plaid and Annie Get Your Gun for Arizona Broadway Theatre, scenic painting for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Arizona Jewish Theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare Company.
For the past five years she has served as the University of Northern Colorado’s Resident Charge Artist, teaching scenic painting as well as painting the 65+ shows that came through the shop. Some favorite paint projects at UNC include Major Barbara, Sister Act and Aida. Other work in Colorado includes scenic designs for Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s productions of The Wizard of Oz and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.