Program Faculty

Mary Heilman

Mary Heilman

MARY HEILMAN is the head of the Applied Arts MFA in the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She has developed a unique specialization focused on the diverse applications of scenic art, art direction and visual communication for use in the professional Entertainment industry.  Classic art training and digital applications are combined. As a long time independent artist/contractor for Disney Imagineering she contributed to multiple projects in Tokyo, France, Florida and California.

Mary was the Master Scenic Artist at South Coast Repertory Theater for 17 years.  While painting over 250 productions, she worked with Ming Cho Lee, Ralph Funicello, Karen TenEyck, Robert Brill, Marg Kellogg, Adrienne LaBelle, Tony Straiges, John Iacovelli and many others.  She has also executed projects for the Old Globe Theater, Mark Taper Forum, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, the Denver Center, Arizona Theater Company and has taught Advanced Studies in Scene Painting for Cobalt Studios in New York.  

In addition to her work on numerous film and television projects her commercial design clients include Mazda, Suzuki and Toyota for Saatchi and Saatchi, Westin Hotels, the U.S. Pentagon. She has served in many positions for USITT, most recently on the Board of Directors.