Theatre Accidents Entertainment Equipment Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Stage, Stage Lighting, Stage Equipment, Stage Practice, Theatre, Entertainment Services, Entertainment Service, Moving Stuff On Off the Stage, Theatre Crafts, Theatre Design, Stage Lifts, Stage Lift,


Ph.D. 1969
University of Minnesota; Major: Theatre; Thesis: Stage Lighting Theory, Equipment, and Practice in the United States from 1900-1935

M.A. 1961
University of California at Los Angeles; Major: Theatre

B.S. 1958
Oklahoma Baptist University; Major: Education/Speech


As of July 2003:  Retired Professor/Dean, University School of Theatre

Current: Freelance Consulting

2008-2006 PQ-USA 2007-08 Exhibit Tour Director

2008-2005 USC Emeriti Center College Director

2003-1993 Dean and Professor, School of Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

1993-1989 Theatre Consultant Vice President and Technical Director, Theatre Projects Consultants, Inc., Ridgefield, CT

1992-1990 Spring quarters-Instructor, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1989-1986 Theatre Consultant and Technical Director, McCallum Theatre, Bob Hope Cultural Center, Palm Desert, CA

1987-1978 Technical Production Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA

1984-1978 Spring quarters-Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1980-1977 Summers-Production Manager/Instructor, Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

1977-1976 Professor/Technical Production Director, Missouri Repertory Theatre and University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

1976-1971 Technical Production Director, Stratford Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

1971-1970  Technical Production Director, Annenberg Center of Performing Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

1970-1968 Technical Production Director/Lighting Designer, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

1970-1965 Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1965-1961 Assistant Professor in Theatre, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX

1960-1958 Drama Teacher, Pueblo, Colorado, Centennial and East Public High Schools

Professional Affiliations

ATHE, Association of Theatre in Higher Education
PLASA, Professional LIghting and Sound Association
Door Hardware Institute, DHI
United Scenic Artists Lighting Associate, USA
United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT)


2002 University of Southern California Trojan League Distinguished Service Award
2001 University of Southern California Skull and Dagger Society Membership
2000 Distinguished Career Award presented by USITT
1999 Judge for USITT architectural awards presented at 1999 annual conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1998 Board of Directors, International Performing Arts Festival for Youth, Los Angeles
1997 Selected as one of 30 persons who has made a significant contribution to theatre production over the last 30 years in TCI, Theatre Crafts International, 30 year anniversary edition
1999-1979 Elected and appointed USITT positions (see USITT activity)
1992-1979 Contributing Editor for TCI, Theatre Crafts International
1991 Associate member of American Society of Theatre Consultants
1987 The Seattle Repertory Theatre Board of Directors
1986 1984 Judge for Yacht Parade, Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating
1981 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Oklahoma Baptist University
1969 Community Leaders of America
1958 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

USITT Activity
(from 1979 through present)
PQ-USA 2007-08 Exhibit Tour Director
Technical Production Director for the USA Prague Quadrennial 2003 Exhibit
Member of Fellows
Nominating Committee for the Fellows of the Institute (1999-2001, 2004-2006)
Professional Member
Member of Planning and Priorities Committee
National Conference-Program Participant
Elected to National Board of Directors (three 3-year terms)
Co-Commissioner of Technical Production Commission
Participant at Alberta Conference
Liaison Officer for Western Chapters
Member of Nominating Committee
Technical Production Commission Directory Committee
Chairman of Pacific Northwest Chapter
Member of Intern Directory Committee
Co-Program Co-coordinator of National Conference in Seattle

Teaching, Publications, Seminars, Speeches, Demonstrations, Studies, Program Reviews, Etc.

Available Upon Request

Lighting Design

Since 1968, Projects as an independent Lighting Designer for the following:
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Palmer Cable Television, Palm Desert, CA
McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA
College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA
Variety Club Children Charities Telethon, Palm Desert, CA
Seattle Repertory, Seattle, WA
Promise Valley Playhouse, Salt Lake City, UT
Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA
Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Portland, OR
Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Stratford Festival 3rd Stage, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Australian tour with Stratford Festival of Canada
Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Opera Company, Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Theatre Consulting

2006 Plattsburgh, NY: Strand Theatre Renovation
2006 On team to prepare Feasibility Study for Calabasas Performing Art Center
2004 User Representative in planning a Performing Arts Center and Theatre Department Facility, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK  (Volunteer)
2004 Donor Representative in renovating a nightclub to a theatre space, Phoenix, AZ (Volunteer)
2004 Owner/User Representative on the Pacific Amphitheatre renovation, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA
1999 Theatre consultant for Palm Desert, California city amphitheatre renovation and expansion
1998 Show rigging consultant for BRC Productions, Glendale, CA

1992-1989 Projects for Theatre Projects Consultants-Completed:
Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago (500 seat)
Strathcona Festival Place, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada (500 seats)
Head Theatre, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD (flexible seating to 350)
Lansburgh Site Theatre, Washington, DC (500 seats)
Addison Center Theater, Addison, TX (flexible seating to 250)
Harmony Gold Study, Hollywood, CA (299 seats)
Collegiate Schools, Richmond, VA (500 seats)
Ahmanson Theatre Reconfiguration Study, Los Angeles, CA (2,000 seats)
Berkeley Repertory Expansion Study, Berkeley, CA (650 seats)
Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, MD (flexible seating to 300)
University of New Mexico Study, Albuquerque, NM (multiple theatres, 200-2,000 seats)

1992-1989 Projects where I was involved with the planning:
Actors Theatre of Louisville (350 seats)
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (500 seats)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver (250 and 1,400 seats)
Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (500 seats)
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA (2,600 seats)
American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA (1,000 seats)
Self Family Pavilion, Hilton Head, SC (300 seats)
San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose, CA (500 seats)
McAllen Civic Center, McAllen, TX (2,000 seats)

1989-1969 Selected Projects as an independent Theatre Consultant (work varies from full responsibility to part-time or sub-consultant on the project noted):
Dallas Theatre Center (500 seats)
Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company (800 seats)
Escondido Performing Arts Center (Multiple theatres)
McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA (1,100 seats)
Birmingham Southern College (300 seats)
Columbus, Ohio, theatre in state office tower
Colorado College in Colorado Springs (100 seats)
Seattle Repertory Theatre, new Bagley Wright Theatre (850 seats)
Red Deer College Performing Art Center (500 seats)
Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival State Park Theatre Project (1,000 seats)
UMKC study of academic theatre facilities
Vancouver Theatre Space Project, Granville Island (Multiple Theatres)
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio (300 seats)
Theatre Space in the Independence, Mo. Community Center (Flexible seating)
Walker Art Institute auditorium project, Minneapolis, MN
Austin College, Sherman, Texas (150 seats)
Guthrie Theatre Scene Shop facility addition
Note: Most of the consulting projects involved an architectural team.  I have worked with a wide variety of national and international architects and engineers as well as other theatre consultants.

Special Production Co-Ordination Projects

1997 Member of Board of Directors for the International Performing Arts Festival for Youth, Los Angeles, CA
1995  Member of Board of Directors for the World-Wide Arts Festival Consortium (Festival for magnet arts and American international independent schools with Northwestern, Savannah College of Art and Design, American Schools of London and Choate/Rosemary Hall representatives)
1986 Technical Co-coordinator for the construction and opening of the McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA
1985 Supervised “put in” of “I’m Not Rappaport,” American Place Theatre and the Booth Theatre, New York, NY
1985 Technical Co-ordination of Lily Tomlin’s new show in Seattle’s Bagley Wright Theatre
1982 Transition Production Co-coordinator for Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival: assisted company’s move into newly renovated Ohio Theatre in Cleveland, OH
1982 Technical Theatre Consultant, Sundance Institute in Utah
1978 Consultant on year round curriculum, Banff School of Performing Art
1978 Toured Pacific Northwest as Technical Director with Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing”
1977 Toured Mid-America states as Technical Director with Missouri Repertory Theatre’s “The Hostage and Misanthrope”
1977 Organized and directed Missouri Repertory’s move to the Jewish Community Center theatre facility when the playhouse was condemned after a storm
1976 Toured Canada as Technical Director with Stratford Festival Theatre’s “Hamlet and Tempest”
1975 Toured Canada as Technical Director with Stratford Festival Theatre’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Comedy of Errors”
1974 Toured Australia as Technical Director and Lighting Designer with Stratford Festival Theatre’s “Imaginary Invalid”
1973 Toured Denmark, Holland, Poland, and the USSR as Technical Director with Stratford Festival Theatre’s “King Lear” and “Taming of the Shrew”
1972 Toured US and Canada as Technical Director with Stratford Festival Theatre’s “Lorenzaccio” and “As You Like It”