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Richard E. Dunham, III

Lighting and Scenic Designer


Summary of Creative Work (See Credits Listing):

Lighting Designs

Off-Broadway/Off-Off-Broadway (9); Regional and Stock (75+); Academic (85+)

Scenic Designs

Off-Off-Broadway (1); Regional and Stock (50+); National Tours (2); Academic (160+)


Lighting/Sound/Space Renovation Consultant (approximately 10 projects)


Professional Experience:

Academic Appointments

Current: Lighting/Scenic Designer, Head of Design at rank of Professor (Promoted 2012, Associate

Professor 2002, Tenured 2004), University of Georgia, 2000B present

Previous: Lighting/Scenic Designer, University of Central Florida, 1998-2000

Lighting/Scenic Designer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1996-98

Lighting Designer/Director of Production, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1989-96

Lighting Designer/Technical Director, Stephens College, Columbia, MO, 1987-89

Technical Director of Lyte Auditorium; Millersville University of PA, 1982-84


Non-Academic Appointments

Resident Designer, Circle Ensemble Theatre, Athens, GA, 2010- present

Resident Designer/Director of Performing Arts, Buck's Rock Camp, New Milford, CT,


Resident Lighting Designer, Music Theatre North, Potsdam, New York, Summer 1991

Technical Director/Lighting Designer, Okoboji Summer Theatre, Spirit Lake, IA, 1989

Lighting Designer/Master Electrician, Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, ME, Summers of 1986-88

Designer/Technical Director, Marriott's Tan-Tar-A Mainstage Theatre, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Summer, 1988

Designer/Technical Director, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Ephrata, PA, Summers


Lighting Director, Cricket Theatre, New Providence, Pa., Summer of 1983

Designer/Technical Director, Teacher of Technical Theatre Workshops, Dunes Summer Theatre, Michigan City, IN, Summer of 1981 and 82



MFA, Theatre Design, Ohio State University, 1987

BA, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1979




Stage Lighting: Fundamentals and Applications; (Boston: Allyn and Bacon/Pearson

Education, Inc., 2010).

Late and Great American Designers 1960-2010: Bobbi Owens, editor: Chapter Essay

on Thomas Skelton; (New York: USITT Publications, 2010).


Practical Projects for Teaching Scenic Design, A Compendium. Advising Editor,

USITT Publications, March 2006

Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design, A Compendium (Second Edition), Editor, USITT Publications, July, 1992, Reprint March, 1999

Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design, A Compendium, Editorial Committee,

   USITT Publications, August, 1990

Other Publications

Articles (9 B2 awarded Herbert Greggs Honor Awards); Recommended Practices (1); Book Reviews (10)


Conference Presentations/Session Chair.:

USITT, SETC, IES, etc. ( 40+ Sessions)


Professional Memberships:

NCQLP-LC Certified (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions) Original Certification issued 1998, re-certified in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010

United States Institute for Theatre Design and Technology BNational (USITT-Individual Member);

Chair. Grants and Fellowships 2009 - present; USITT Publications Committee, 1998 B 2010; Board of Directors 2006- 2009; Lighting Commission Leadership: Co-Commissioner, 1998-present, Vice-Commissioner (Membership), 1995-98, Co-Commissioner, 1994-95, Vice-Commissioner (Conference Programming), 1992-94, Vice-Commissioner (Lighting Education), 1991-92, Liaison between Lighting and Education Commissions, 1990-91

USITT-SE Region, Nominations Committee, 2008 B 2012

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA -Member Status)

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD -Associate Member Status)


Other Contributions:

Finalist Judge: 2008/2009 Live Design=s Rising Star Award, national design award

sponsored by Live Design trade publication for early career entertainment designers (from one to five years following graduate school), 2008.

Finalist Judge: 2008/2009 and 2007/08 Barbizon Award for Lighting Design, national

design award sponsored by Barbizon Lighting Company (as a national award of

USITT) for graduate students in lighting, 2008.

Finalist Judge: 2008/2009 and 2007/08 Stage Technology's Award for Lighting Design,

sponsored by Stage Technology Company (as a national award of USITT) for undergraduate students

in lighting, 2008.

2011 USITT Master Class Coordinator/Host; Athens, GA; 2011

Blind Reviewer, Focal Press, 2007 - present   

Design Respondent, Kennedy Center ACTF Region III (Midwest)

Milwaukee, WI; 2007

Host/Coordinator; Four Day Scenic Painting Master Class with Lance Brockman,

University of Georgia, October 2006.

Blind Reviewer, Theatre Design and Technology, 2006 -

Committee Chair; RP-2 Lighting Graphics Standards Project; United States Institute for

Theatre Design and Technology (USITT); guidance of the standards committee for developing a new graphics standard for the theatrical lighting industry; 2002 - 2006.

Joseph Stell Design Exhibition Judicator/Juror; United States Institute for Theatre Design and Technology (USITT) South-Eastern Regional Conference and Master Classes, Chapel Hill, NC; September, 2002.

Theatre Design and Technology (TD&T); book reviewer, 1998 - present.


References Available Upon Request: