Ranae Selmeyer

selmeyer@msu.edu
(517) 884-7804

FacultyTheatre

Assistant Professor
Scene Design

Biography

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 IIIRocky 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 CabaretMusic ManForever 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 BarbaraSister 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.

University News

Theatre MFA Design Students Take Home Top Honors in Costume Design
Published February 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University Department of Theatre MFA Design candidates, Grace Foiles and Zech Saenz, were awarded regional honors in the field of costume design from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The competitions aim to assess and award exceptional theatre design work by students. Read now »
College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members
Published August 22, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 28 new faculty and staff members. They include the following:  Sara Allison Sara Allison, Administrative Business…Read now »