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Ed Check
Senior Lecturer

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Ed Check teaches set and production design for theatre and film, and regularly designs for the Smith College Theatre Department at Smith College. Past productions include: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Habitat, Hedda Gabler, Nickel & Dimed, Macbeth, Polaroid Stories, Las Meninas, The Golden Lotus, After Mrs. Rochester, Equus, Jar The Floor and The Children’s Hour.

He designed the set for The Garden of Martyrs - a new opera that premiered at The Academy of Music in Northampton. Eric Sawyer from Amherst College composed the music and Harley Erdman from the University of Massachusetts wrote the libretto. During the summer of 2014 he traveled to Beijing, China to design the set for Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice.


During previous summers he has designed sets for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA: Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew and King John. At New Century Theatre, here in Northampton, design credits include Crumbs From the Table of Joy, The Heidi Chronicles, How The Other Half Loves, and Copenhagen.

He worked on Sex And The City: The Movie as the art director. During the HBO series he art-directed the first four seasons of the show, at which time he received two Emmy nominations for Best Art Direction. His Assistant Art Director credits include: Spiderman, Family Man, Meet Joe Black, The First Wives Club, Batman Forever, Nobody's Fool, Quiz Show, and Six Degrees of Separation.

Other design credits include working on a permanent exhibition space at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life in Historic Deerfield, MA. The show, Celebrating the Fiber Arts, displayed the historic textile collection owned by the museum.

Earlier in his career he designed in regional theatre as well as assisted on Broadway. He is a graduate from the Yale School of Drama and the State University of New York, College at Purchase.