Drew Foster is a scenic and costume designer for theatre, spectacle, and immersive entertainment. He is a practicing figurative painter. Trained as a designer, an actor, and a dancer at Willamette University, Drew diversified his education with studies in studio art and art history, as well as reading avant-garde theatre and modern art history, at Roehampton University, London. Now based in Los Angeles, Drew started his career in the Pacific Northwest as an illustrator for Michael Curry Design as well as numerous collaborations with companies such as Artists Repertory Theatre, Teatro Milagro, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and Portland Actors Conservatory. Drew’s theatre design has been showcased at CalArts, REDCAT, and the Prague Quadrennial of Design. An alumnus of CalArts specializing in scenography – Drew holds an MFA in scenic design (under the mentorship of Chris Barreca) and in costume design (under the mentorship of Ellen McCartney). Drew is the recipient of the 2012 Beutner Family Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Currently, Drew Foster is on staff as a Associate Art Director at ThinkWell Group, Burbank, CA.



“Always my primary focus is the live body, not as an artifact to be preserved in a museum, but an experience in the moment.”


Associate Art Director – ThinkWell Group – January 2012-Current


Fantomas – Travis Preston (in production)

Phedre Les Oiseaux – Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Jean Baptiste Sastre

The Fifty Year Sword – REDCAT – Mark Danielewski

Jinku Kim – REDCAT:NOW – Jinku Kim

Undine – Hand2Mouth Theatre – Jonathan Walters

From a Dream to a Dream – Hand2Mouth Theatre – Luba Zerembinska

Purgatory in Ingolstadt – CalArts – Marina McClure

The Tempest – CalArts – Deena Selenow

Boom – Theatre Vertigo – Joanne Johnson

Canta Y no Llores – Teatro Milagro – Olga Sanchez

The Trip to Bountiful – Profile Theatre – Jane Unger


Fantomas (workshop) – CalArts – Travis Preston

Prairie Fire (workshop) – CalArts – Whit McLaughlin

Selected Credits, More Upon Request


Illustrator – Michael Curry Design – Portland, OR – Nov 2007 – Mar 2008
Resident Scenic & Costume Designer – Chemeketa Community College – Salem, OR – 2008/2009 Season
Resident Scenic Designer – Portland Actors Conservatory – Portland, OR – 2008/2009 Season


CalArts Austin and Virginia Beutner Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2012


MFA Scenic Design Candidate, California Institute for the Arts, expected graduation Spring 2013

– Faculty Mentors: Chris Barreca, Ellen McCartney. Other Instructors: Christian Cummings, Michael Darling, Bart DeLorenzo, Efran Delgadillo, Mona Heinze, Marjan Hormozi, Lewis Klahr, Shannon Scrofano, Susan Solt

BA Theatre Performance, Willamette University, Cum Laude 2007

– Faculty Instructors: Bobby Brewer-Wallin, Jonathan Cole, Susan Coromel, Andries Fourie, Chris Harris, Robert Hess, Roger Hull

Art History and Avant-Garde Theatre, Roehampton University London, Spring Semester 2006


Christopher Bareca, Head of Scenic Design at CalArts –

Ellen McCartney, Director of Design and Production at CalArts –

Travis Preston, Director, Dean of Theatre at CalArts –