Eleanor Kahn Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre

Eleanor Kahn honored with distinguished alumni award from Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre

 Ames, Iowa—Eleanor Kahn, Chicago scenic designer, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University’s Department of Music and Theatre at an honors and awards ceremony on Oct. 24 in Ames, Iowa.

Kahn graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and performing arts. After earning a master’s degree in scenic design from Boston University, Kahn moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she has designed more than 100 productions and events.

Kahn’s scenic design highlights include “Hairy Ape and The Mother (Oracle Productions); “The Fly Honey Show” (The Inconvenience); “Machinal” (Greenhouse Theatre); and “The Way She Spoke” (Greenhouse Solo Celebration). Outside of the theatre, she collaborates with companies such as Chicago Athletic Association and The Alinea Group on local installations and events.

As part of 2019’s “Year of Chicago Theatre,” Kahn currently has an art installation located in Millennium Park between Cloud Gate and The Pritzker Pavilion.

In 2018, Kahn received a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Set Design as well as a Jeff Award in Artistic Specialization for her designs for “Southern Gothic” at Windy City Playhouse.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University is a world-class learning and research community. As Iowa State’s most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences within a supportive personalized learning environment. For more information, visit LAS.iastate.edu.

Eleanor Kahn receives award
Rob Sunderman, Brad Dell, Eleanor Kahn, and Beate Schmittmann