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Michael Skinner

Associate Professor
Ed Landreth Hall 201

m.skinner@tcu.edu | 817-257-7649


MFA, University of Oklahoma
BA, West Texas State University

Courses Taught

Stage Lighting
Stage Management
Theatre Production
Graphics for Theatre
Computer Graphics
Advanced Stage Lighting
Advanced Stagecraft

Areas of Focus

Theatrical Lighting and Design, Stage Production, Stage Management

Michael Skinner is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Resident Lighting Designerfor the TCU  Department of Theatre. He received his BA in technical theatre from West Texas State University (now WTAMU) and his MFA in lighting design and production from the University of Oklahoma. He has designed the lighting and or scenery for over 150 productions of theatre, opera and dance in various venues. Michael has had the pleasure of designing in Italy, Germany and Russia, including the Russian premiere of the American musical The Fantasticks at Theatre Koleso in Togliatti, Russia. Michael has designed for Contemporary Ballet Dallas, the William Inge Theatre Festival, as well as Amphibian Stage Productions. Michael designed scenery for A Lesson Before DyingBlack Pearl Sings, Trav’lin, and scenery and lighting for Permanent Collection, The Bluest Eye, and From the Mississippi Delta all for Jubilee Theater.  He has designed lighting for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Romeo and JulietHamletMacbethMerchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and Measure for Measure, and received six DFW Critics’ Forum Awards for creative contribution. He was honored in 2018 with the Excellence in Design and Technology award from the Tarrant County Live Theatre League. Michael works outside the theatre as a consultant, his most recent being the redesign of the University Christian Church Sanctuary to be entirely lit with LED lighting. His work also includes corporate event design, production and consultation with companies such as Ignition! Creative Group, and ZOOM.7, Inc., working on such projects as the Kawasaki Motors New Product Showcase and Mary Kay Inc, Seminar. Michael is a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians.

Work as both professional Set Designer and Lighting Designer

4 DFW Critics Forum Awards for creative contribution

United States Institute for Theatre

Technology Organization Internationale des Scenograhes

Technicians et Architectes de Theatre