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About Me

The Full Picture

Hi! My name is Annabel Pottebaum and I am a Chicago/West Suburbs based film and theater designer focused in the Art Department. I specialize in scenic painting, set design  and construction, set decoration, and art direction. I see myself as a lifelong learner and believe that embracing new skills and knowledge is critical to growing as a creative. The motivation of collaborating with a passionate team and creating things that have never been made before inspires me everyday.


My work centers on character driven stories and I strive to inject stories with grit and nuance. Film and theater allow us to see ourselves in each character and enables us to use this knowledge to shape our lives, how we treat each other, and how we treat ourselves. I believe my work draws the lines of connection between the relationships we have with ourselves and others, and makes it apparent that each of us is learning how to live, how to “become” our whole lives.


Although I have been interested in design since I was a little kid, it wasn't until the end of my Freshman year at Columbia College Chicago (class of ‘23) that I truly fell in love with the craft. From playing pretend in my backyard growing up, to my experiences in high school theater, on stage and in the wings, storytelling is my lifelong passion.

Resume and complete CV per request


Recent Projects

Film Credentials

January 2023 - Current


  • Creative Producer

  • Independent

  • Fantasy proof of concept film

March - May 2024

Mamma Mia!

  • Master Carpenter & Staff Designer

  • Wheaton North High School

  • Musical romantic Comedy

January - March 2024


  • Master Carpenter & Staff Designer

  • Wheaton North High School

  • Full and Competition Length Drama

November - December 2023

Elf Jr. the Musical

  • Master Carpenter & Staff Designer

  • Wheaton North High School

  • Children's Musical

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I believe it is important to have a diverse set of skills to make well-rounded and exceptional work. I am eager to constantly nurtured and learn technical, creative, and interpersonal skills that I enthusiastically bring to all of my projects big or small


Scenic Painting

Work Desk


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Radio show microphones




Flow Chart


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Digital Illustration

Wooden Games

Problem Solving

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Props Fabrication

Carpenter at Work

Strong Work Ethic


Traditional Illustration

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Creating Courageously

Ever since I was little I enjoyed telling stories. As I've grown and learned more of the world I've realized that I can use my passion to speak up for those who can't. I am an advocate for minorities, an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, an active environmentalist, proponent of mental health and a proud female filmmaker and fabricator.


I believe that as a creator I have a unique opportunity to shed light on new stories but also to move through the world as force of positive change. I am committed to making my industry a more welcoming, encouraging place that fosters creativity with the courage to be kind. I value the knowledge and wisdom of those who made the path before me and I hope to create a more equitable space for those who follow in all that I do.

My Mission

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