Shawn Irish, MFA
Designer

ABOUT

            Founded more than 35 years ago, we have been involved in professional and academic theatre, stage lighting and theatrical design and specification as well as architectural and commercial application of theatrical methodologies.

            As described below, we have decades of experience in the practical application of the spaces and equipment we recommend and specify through our work as educators and theatre practitioners in a wide array of institutions and venues.

            We are active in professional organizations in the field and do our best to stay up to date with current technologies. Our work with architects, engineers and equipment manufacturers enables us to offer our clients a variety of points of view regarding solutions to space usage, system design and budgetary alternatives.

 

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE:

 

          Consultant for planning, design and theatrical equipment specification for theatres, commercial spaces and performing arts centers.

 

ACADEMIC POSITION:

           

            Professor Emeritus, Department of Theatre, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

             Lighting Design, Scene Design, Theatre Management and Theatre Architecture.

                           (1978 - present); Department Chair, 1993-2013.                    

 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

 

            University of Illinois, PhD in Theatre, 1980.

                        Dissertation: The Architectural Programming of University Performing Arts Centers.

            University of Washington, M.A. in Drama/Design, 1969.

            University of Connecticut, B.F.A. in Theatre, 1968.

 

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

 

            University of Illinois, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts: Technical Director, Dept. of Dance. (1976‑1978)

            Crites & Associates, Okemos, Michigan: Theatre lighting specialist.  (1975‑1976)

            G. Emerson Diskey & Assoc., Dallas, Texas: Theatre design and lighting consultant.(1971-1975)                         

            East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas: Instructor‑Designer/Technical Director,                                            Dept. of Speech & Drama. (1969‑1975)

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

 

            Scenery, lighting design and/or technical direction for over 300 productions.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

 

     American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC)

     Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

     U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology;

     Association for Theatre in Higher Education;

     Southwest Theatre Association;

     Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival:

            National Design Chair, 2000 - 2003.

            National Board Member at Large 1993-1997.

            Chair, National Selection Team, 1998.

            Chair, Southwest Region, 1990‑93.

            Member, Southwest Regional Committee, 1983-93.

            National Partners to American Theatre. National Board member, 2003 – present.
 

D. Andrew Gibbs, PhD
Founder and Principal
Designer

CURRENT POSITION:

           

            Head of Lighting Design, Department of Theatre, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

              Lighting Design, Scene Design, Fundamentals of Design, Scene Painting, Projection,

              Computer Aided Drafting, Theatrical Rendering, Scene Painting and Theatre History.

 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

 

           M.F.A. in Scenic Design, University of Arkansas
           B.A. in Theatre, Missouri Southern State University

 

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE:

 

          Associate designer in the planning, design and theatrical equipment specification for theatres, commercial spaces and performing arts centers. Responsible for drafting plans, rigging systems, lighting systems.

 

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

         

        Irish maintains his professional career as a freelance Scenic and Lighting Designer. He is a frequent collaborator with TheatreSquared and has designed numerous productions including All The Way, Murder for Two, Proof, Superior DonutsHamlet, 4000 Miles, The Spiritualist, The Fall of The House, The 39 Steps, Boeing Boeing, The Mystery of Irma Vep and My Father’s War. Other recent credits include Gypsy (Broadwayworld.com Best Lighting Design nomination) 1776 and Meet Me in St. Louis for Ocean State Theatre Company, A Streetcar Named Desire, Little Women, House and Garden, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Great American Trailer Park Musical for Playhouse Tulsa, The Music Man and The Man Who Came to Dinner at The Arrowrock Lyceum and The Price at Vermont’s Northern Stage. He assistant designed Les Miserables, The Pajama Game and Hello, Dolly! at The Muny in St. Louis.

 

          He has been awarded Outstanding Scenic Design 3 times by the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival for his productions of Rabbit Hole, A Doll’s House and Iphigenia 2.0. The scenic design for Bathsheba Doran's Kin was awarded at USITT's Design Expo in 2016 and featured in TD&T magazine. His award winning Lighting Design for Big Love was featured in Theatre Design and Technology and American Theatre Magazines as well as the Prague Quadrennial. Irish has recently been appointed to lead the Theatre in Britain Study Abroad program. He is a proud member of USA Local 829. 

          

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

 

     United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829

     Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

     United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

     Association for Theatre in Higher Education

     Texas Educational Theatre Association

 

PROFESSIONAL DESIGN WEBSITE:

 

     www.shawnirish.com

 

 

 

 

 

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