With a focus on Scenic Design, Seancolin Hankins takes a comprehensive approach to scenic production, working concurrently in concept, design, construction, and scenic painting. His drive for compelling visuals is paralleled by his commitment to responsible and resourceful use of materials.
Hankins has worked as the head of Design and Production at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth, TX, a regional theatre which emphasized new works through producing staged readings and offering comedy residencies in addition to their five show season. For three years he designed and built scenery for their black box theatre while supervising production. Before gaining his MFA in Scenic Design, Hankins spent three years as Technical Director at his alma mater, King’s College.
While earning his MFA, Hankins studied at the Globe Theatre in London, England, and worked with designer Jenny Tiramani and director Tim Carroll. He trained as a scenic artist under Peter Miller, spent a summer at Cobalt Studios with Rachel Keebler, and attended several seminars with Diane Fargo, three of the country's leading scenic art educators. Hankins spent three summers with Williamstown Theatre Festival as staff/charge scenic artist, working on many world premieres and pre-Broadway residencies, while learning and then teaching scenic practices to crews of interns and apprentices. He has painted for over 75 productions across the country.
In Texas, his recent scenic designs include Lonely Planet, Artist Descending a Staircase, King Liz, Cyrano, The Trap, Northside Hollow, Crossing the Line, and Isaac's Eye for Amphibian Stage Productions, Pastry King for the Dallas AT&T Performing Arts Center, Like a Billion Likes for Stage West, Peter and the Starcatcher and Earth & Soul for Kids Who Care. In New Jersey, his design work includes Henry V, An Oresteia, Julius Caesar, and Another Part of the Forest at Rutgers University, A Funny Thing Happened and The Wedding Singer, at Brookdale Performing Arts Center. Hankins earned his B.A. in Technical Theatre from King's College, and his MFA in Scenic Design from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He joined Bennington as a Technical Instructor in Drama in Spring 2019.