I value Shanna as one of my closest collaborators. She infuses our entire process with brilliant insights on culture, history, and character, inspiring my direction and the world we create with the full design team.... Working with Shanna is pure joy!
— Amy Hutchison, director
... A deft palette of ideas and images. An articulate and expressive voice. That’s Shanna and her exemplary work.
— George Cederquist, Artistic Director, Chicago Fringe Opera


Recent Work

RITA: Chicago Opera Theater

Amy Hutchison, director. Maestro Francesco Milioto, conductor. William Boles, set design. Ted Nazarowski, lighting design. John Boesche, projection design. Shanna Foster Philipson, costume design

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Intermezzo: Chicago Opera Theater

Amy Hutchison, director. Maestro Francesco Milioto, conductor. William Boles, set design. Ted Nazarowski, lighting design. John Boesche, projection design. Shanna Foster Philipson, costume, and make-up design

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Il Pigmalione: Chicago Opera Theater

Amy Hutchison, director. Maestro Francesco Milioto, conductor. William Boles, set design. Ted Nazarowski, lighting design. John Boesche, projection design. Shanna Foster Philipson, costume design

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"...Suddenly 2018 feels a lot more bearable." -- Stage and Cinema

Praise for Chicago Opera Theater's 2018 Donizetti double bill

“The show looked terrific, courtesy of designers William Boles (sets) Shanna Foster (costumes) and Ted Nazarowski (lighting), complemented by John Boesche’s projections. Pigmalione’s visuals reflected the sepia chiaroscuro of Italian neorealist cinema, while Rita boasted a palette of radiant hues inspired by fashion illustrator Rene Gruau.”

Opera News, August 2018

The opening of “Rita”, set on the Amalfi coast, was close to breathtaking –
— É STRANO, ART COMES TO LIFE, BuzzCenterStage

Productions and Projects