Gianni P Downs

  • Teaching Associate Professor / Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Scenic Designer

Gianni Downs (Scenic Designer) is a Lecturer of Scenic Design and Scenic Art in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

His work has been nationally recognized with a Kevin Kline Award and two nominations for productions at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, as well as an Irene Ryan nomination for designs at Stoneham Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2017 Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 Innovation in Education Award. He has had the pleasure of working regionally at Theatre Squared, The City Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, PICT Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Stoneham Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, as well as many others .

Gianni received his MFA from Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of Westminster College, Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, the University of Pittsburgh, and Point Park University. His portfolio can be viewed at his website

Education & Training

  • MFA - Scenic Design, Brandeis University, 2003
  • BA - Theatre, Univeristy of New Hampshire, 1998