Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth Harper

Adjunct Lecturer


Elizabeth Harper is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Her past theatrical design credits include Immediate Family, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Phylicia Rashad (The Mark Taper Forum, Center Theatre Group), A Raisin in the Sun, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up (The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group), Play Dead (directed by Teller), Wait Until Dark, Bad Jews, and Good People (The Geffen Playhouse), The Siegel, Reunion, Venus in Fur, and Office Hour (South Coast Repertory Theatre), The Invisible Hand (Kansas City Repertory), and Crescent City (The Industry).

Fine art consultations include “Five Sisters” by If I Can’t Dance, “I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution” at LACMA and “Spectral Analysis, 1977/2010,” by William Leavitt at Greene Naftali, NYC. Commercial lighting projects include events for Microsoft, On-Live, Comedy Central, Ubisoft and Universal Studios.

Prior to coming to USC, Harper was a guest lighting design instructor at California Institute of the Arts. She has also given lectures at UCLA, Whitman College and UC Irvine. She holds an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Her design work and sketches were selected for display at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and were part of an exhibit showcasing the work of emerging American designers. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts