Darrell F Anderson

Associate Professor; Director of the Theatre Program
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Communication

Profile

Darrell Anderson began working in theatre in high school, first as an actor and then as a technician and designer. He has been the scenic and lighting designer for the Theatre Program at UD since 1974. His teaching range includes scene design, stage lighting, stagecraft, scene painting, and history of theatre. In addition to his work at UD, he has designed scenery for the Human Race Theatre Company, the Opera Funatics, the Dayton Theatre Guild and the Cincinnati Zoo Holiday Theatre. He is a member of USITT and is currently administrative program director of the UD Theatre Program. Darrell lives in Dayton with his wife of 30 years, has two sons, and is a grandfather-in-training.

Faculty Perspective

Since 1974, I have been committed to bringing the best live theatre to the University campus possible. I strongly believe in the collaborative nature of theatre as a melding of different people, skills and disciplines. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with a great number of excellent student performers and technicians, and value the continued friendship of many of them to this day. These are the people who have made my tenure at UD worthwhile--who have shared the joy of creating theatre with me. I hope to continue to serve the students of theatre at UD for many years, and to continue to make lasting friends among these fellow artists.

Degrees

  • M.F.A., Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Scenic design
  • Stage lighting for theatre and dance
  • Technical production
  • Scenic painting
  • Plays of Edward Albee
  • Theatrical styles of Brecht, Taymor, and Svoboda

Selected Scenic Designs

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Tony Dallas, for the Human Race Theatre Company, January 2003

Seascape by Edward Albee, directed by Tony Dallas, for the Human Race Theatre Company, March 2002

Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Linda Dunlevy, for UD Theatre Mainstage, March 2002

On the Verge, directed by Marsha Hanna, for UD Theatre Mainstage, October 2001