Photo of Laura Carlson-Tarantowski
  • Scenic Designer and Lecturer in Theater


  • BA,Theater, Brenau College
  • MFA, Set Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Laura Carlson-Tarantowski joined the Oberlin theater production staff in 2016, after more than 20 years as a freelance designer and painter and, most recently, the resident set and graphic designer for Near West Theater. While at Near West, she designed the sets for over 20 large-scale musicals and had a hand in creating the decorative concepts throughout their new building in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland.

She has also enjoyed designing at other Cleveland institutions including Dobama Theater, Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Cesear’s Forum and Cain Park. Carlson-Tarantowski has also worked in educational settings at Baldwin-Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University.

Recent set designs at Oberlin include Family Happiness and Psycho Beach Party.