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Chuck Drury


Fulbright Senior Scholar

2003 Senior Scholar of Design and Design Technology

University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest, Romania

Course work included instruction in both scenic and lighting design, use of digital technologies, and specific instruction on both AutoCAD 2002 and Vectorworks. Traditional lighting design instruction focused on instrumentation, fixtures and plotting.


MFA 1989 Northwestern University

  • Scenic and Lighting Design
  • Thesis: The Seagull - Mainstage production with season's largest budget.
  • Thesis: Macbeth - A design study based on the Guthrie Theatre. Project included renderings, sketches, and studio drawings for all design elements: sets, costumes, and lights. The full package included over 100 renderings and plates.

1982 New York University: School of the Arts

  • Scenic and Lighting Design

MA 1977 Bowling Green State University

  • Scenic and Costume Design
  • Thesis: Galileo - Mainstage production. A thesis research and scenic design project.

BS 1975 Western Michigan University

  • Curriculum - Secondary Education
  • Majors and certification in Theatre and Art

Academic Positions

1996 Beloit College Associate Professor of Design, Theatre Arts Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer, and Technical Director Design and oversee construction, budget, and production schedule for five annual productions (four theatrical and one dance). Professor of Design and Stage Management Course curricula include: Introduction to Design and Technology (a foundation course for all department majors), Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Stagecraft, Property Design and Construction, Graphics, Scene Painting, and additional courses as need and interest require.

1994-96 Mankato State University Assistant Professor - Lighting Designer and Technical Director Lighting Designer and Technical Director Design and oversee shop, budget, and schedules for five mainstage and five studio theatre productions annually. Graduate and Undergraduate course instruction Course curricula include: graduate and undergraduate courses in Lighting Design, Drafting for the Theatre, and Design/Portfolio Seminar. For undergraduate only, Introduction to Design and Technology, a foundation course for all department majors.

1984-89 Northwestern University Scenic Designer and Production Manager - Northwestern University Opera Production manager and designer for university opera five years running. Annual operation budget exceeded $120,000. Responsibilities included overseeing budget, hiring support staff - designers and craft personnel, and managing negotiations between IATSE and USA constituents.

1986 Northwestern University Designer/Technical Director for SummerFest, a summer repertory season of four productions

1982-83 Centenary College Instructor of Scenic and Lighting Design and Technical Director

1979-81 The University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Instructor of Scenic and Costume Design

1977-79 Ocean County College Scenic, Lighting, Costume Designer, and Technical Director

Professional Membership

USA United Scenic Artists, Local 829 - Scenic Design member since 1991 Professional design credits include: Victory Gardens Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Body Politic, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Wheaton College, Roosevelt University, and Apple Tree Theatre, all of Chicago; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

USITT Member of United States Institute of Theatre Technology

Professional Development

1995 Broadway Lighting Master Classes 95, New York City Four day professional lighting design seminar led by Jules Fisher and including Peggy Eisenhauer, Beverly Emmons and Gil Wechsler

1999 LDI, Lighting Design Institute International lighting design convention. Course study included design workshops in AutoCAD2000, 3DViz and moving lights.

2000 TTALA, Teaching Technology Across the Liberal Arts Five-day workshop conducted at Grinell College which included instruction in design teaching strategies within web-based technologies.

Professional and Free-Lance Employment Profile

1997 Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, USA Scenic Design & Costume Design

1995 Highlands Theatre, Scenic Design & Lighting Design

1990-93 Victory Gardens Theatre, USA Scenic Designer

1991-93 Universal Pictures, Scenic Artist/Carpenter

1988-93 Becker Brothers Scenic Studio

1992 Roosevelt University, USA Scenic Designer 1988 Apple Tree Theatre, Scenic Designer

1987 New American Theatre, Scenic Designer

1987 Wheaton College, Scenic/Lighting Designer

1986 Northwestern University, Scenic Designer

1986 Lifeline Theatre, Scenic Designer

1986 Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Lighting Design Assistant

1985 Highlands Playhouse, Lighting Designer/Technical Director

1984-85 DesMoines Opera, Scenic Design Assistant

Professional Recognition/Award

Scenic Design American College Theatre Festival - Regional award, best design The Existential Gourmet, Beloit College - 2001

Scenic Design American College Theatre Festival - Regional award, best design Love of a Nightingale, Beloit College - 1999

Joseph Jefferson Award Lighting Design Assistant to Michael Merrit Hamlet, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, 1986

Scenic Design American College Theatre Festival - National award, best design My Sister in This House, Centenary College, 1982

Design Credits

2003 The Fan, Private Eyes, She Stoops to Conquer - Beloit College

2002 Jesus Christ Superstar, Hedda Gabler, The Divine Miss Dee, The Cripple of Inishman, Chelonia - Beloit College

2001 The Curate Shakespeare, Phone Noir, The Existential Gourmet, Buried Child, Chelonia - Beloit College

2000 Brigadoon, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot & Storm Warnings - A Dry Place, Arcadia, Tongue of a Bird, Chelonia - Beloit College

1999 Lysistrata, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Love of the Nightingale, The Homecoming, Chelonia - Beloit College

1998 The Cherry Orchard, Losing Father's Body, The Steamie, Chelonia, Camille - Beloit College

1997 Briar Patch, Goodbye Freddy, Joined at the Head, Chelonia, Arsenic & Old Lace - Beloit College
Valley Song Milwaukee -Chamber Theatre

1996 Cabaret, Bus Stop - Beloit College
Sweeney Todd, She Stoops to Conquer - Mankato State University

1995 Richard III, A Chorus Line, Pajama Game, Lost in Yonkers - Mankato State University

1994 South Pacific, Stepping Out - Mankato State University

1993 The Death of Zukasky - Victory Gardens Theatre

1992 Scorched Earth - Victory Gardens
Spring Awakening, The Velveteen Rabbit - Roosevelt University

1990 Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro - Northewestern University Opera

1989 Barber of Seville - Northwestern University Opera
Inherit the Wind New -American Theatre

1988 Godspell - Wheaton College

1987 The Sunshine Boys, Candide, Extremities - Moorhead State University
Painting Churches - Wisdom Bridge Theatre
Dialogue of the Carmelites - DesMoines Opera

1986 Pinter Plays - Lifeline Theatre
In the Middle of Nowhere in the Middle of the Night, 'night Mother - Wisdom Bridge Theatre
Good, Seagull - Northwestern University

1985 Foxfire, 1776, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Good Doctor - Highlands Playhouse

1984 My Sister in This House, Trixie True Teen Dective - Centerary College