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Designers Salon: Business Discussion Group

  • The Philadelphia Design Center 1313 South 33rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19146 United States (map)

Join Oona Curley, Lighting and Set Designer, to discuss the business of being a designer. Come with your questions, your experiences, and your resume if you choose! 

Discusion Topics:
Negotiating Contracts
Resumes, Websites, and Portfolios
Finances and Taxes
Grad School

This is a casual gathering and discussion that will be directed by those in the room. Please contact if you have any questions. 

This event is FREE and open to the public.

This is a BYO event- feel free to pick up some beer and snacks at the nearby Fresh Grocer and make this a happy hour discussion!  Coffee, tea, and water will be provided by the PDC.


Oona Curley ( is a lighting and scenic designer from New York City. She has designed in New York (BAM, ArsNova, Atlantic Theater Co., The Vineyard, The Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Joe's Pub, JACK, La MaMa, M-34 Productions, The New Ohio, NYU/Tisch, Theater for the New City), Philadelphia (The Arden Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Opera, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Team Sunshine Performance Co., Theater Horizon, FringeArts, Shakespeare in Clark Park), and regionally (Long Wharf, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Brown/Trinity Rep, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Sharon Playhouse).

Oona received her MFA from NYU/Tisch, where she was awarded the J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, and was NYU's nominee for a Princess Grace Award. She holds a BA from Brown University, where her designs earned the Zonta Award for Theatre Arts and the Weston Award for Theatre Design.

Oona is an associate artist with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia, a company member of Lightning Rod Special, a staff designer at Joe’s Pub, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Connecticut College. Proud Member USA 829.This event is free and open to the public, so come by and bring a friend! Plus, we will have plenty of free hot coffee and tea ready for you, so you can skip the coffee shop for the day and join us in our communal creative space instead!


  • There is FREE off-street parking located behind the main building and accessible through a driveway located through the iron gate between the two former church buildings on 33rd Street. There is also a bike rack.

  • While our space is on the first floor, this event is NOT currently wheelchair accessible as there is a flight of steps outside the main entrance.

  • PDC is conveniently located along SEPTA bus routes 64, 29 and 12.

  • This space has a private single-use bathroom.