Yao Chen is a costume and scenic designer with international design credits. Her design works can be seen in various theaters cross the country, such as Seattle Children's Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Berkshire Theatre Group, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory theatre and etc. Her international credit includes her several designs in China ( Dong Gong Theatre, Beijing; Beijing Normal University)  and Expresso Theatre in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Her costume design for Ti Jean and His Brothers and The Merry Wives of Windsor were selected as final exhibition in World Stage Design 2017 ( Tai Pei, Tai Wan) and in the International Exhibition -  Costume Design in Turning of the Century, 1995-2015, is presented in Europe. 

 Her renderings and designs were also selected for publication in the new design book the Art of Costume Design by Focal Press. Other awards include:  outstanding costume design award from the Austin Critics Table Awards for her costume design of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2012), and a nomination for the outstanding costume design award of Austin Broadway Awards for the costume design of The Scarlet Letter (2013).