Mariana Fernandez, a native of Cordoba, Argentina was raised in Buenos Aires, where she attended school. After completing a four-year course in scenic design at Del Salvador University in Buenos Aires, she was hired to work for two television channels, America Dos and Imagen Satelital, in the wardrobe department. During the three years she worked there, she made costumes and masks for different productions and shows. Moreover, while completing a two- year course in theatrical make up at the Instituto Superior del Teatro Colon and one year in the set design studio at the Teatro Colon, Bs. As. Argentina, she worked freelance for different events.
She came to the United States to receive an education and work experience in scenic design, teaching/supervising, scenic painting, costume and make-up. She finished the MFA in set design at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she had the opportunity to work as set designer and scenic artist for several shows. Also, while attending school there, she worked as a teaching assistant and as a teacher for introductory level classes where she was enriched with new perspectives and fresh ideas from the students.
In addition to the University of Massachusetts, she has worked at Imagination Stage in Maryland as a scenic artist and set designer for The Robber Bridegroom, as well as at The Hispanic Theater GALA, and at Teatro de la Luna. She also worked as a scenic artist for Folger Theater, Studio Theater, Miniature Theatre of Chester, The Shakespeare Theater, Signature Theater, and Atlas Performing art Center and the Clarice Smith Performing Art center at Maryland University.