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Fred M. Duer

Fred M. Duer

Associate Professor - Scenic Design

M.F.A., Production Design and Technology from Ohio University, 1982
B.G.S., Ohio University, 1977


fduer@indiana.edu

www.indiana.edu/~fmdesign/


Fred joined the Indiana University Theatre and Drama faculty in the fall of 2004, as head of the M.F.A. Scenic Design Program. His scenic design work has been seen at IU Theatre in The Cherry Orchard, The Scarlet Letter, Falsettos, Urinetown, Nine, Hay Fever, and Hamlet and at the Brown County Playhouse in Forever Plaid, Greater Tuna, Smoke on the Mountain, Pump Boys and Dinettes, SUDS, Present Laughter, The All Night Strut, and Same Time Next Year. Fred designed the inaugural season of Indiana Festival Theatre, creating sets for The Music Man, The Comedy of Errors, and Ah, Wilderness! For the Bloomington Early Music Festival, he has designed the scenery for L’Orféo, and his television art direction is regularly exhibited on WTIU’s “IN Focus”  and "The Weekly Special."

A member of United Scenic Artist, Local 829, Fred has an extensive background in professional theatre and television. His designs range from summer stock for The Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Massachusetts, to opera for Opera Delaware and Washington DC’s Summer Opera Theatre. His regional theatre credits include; Illinois Shakespeare Festival;  Indiana Repertory Theatre; Colorado Shakespeare Festival; The Studio Arena; Theatre Aspen; The Pasadena Playhouse; and Off-Broadway at The Criterion Center. Fred was a resident designer at the Tony Award winning Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for five years and as a founding member, designed 11 productions over the past 25 years for Shakespeare Festival/Los Angeles. 

As Production Designer, Fred designed the sets for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for 5 seasons and NBC’s "In The House" for 4 years. He has also designed scenery for "City Guys" and "Saved By The Bell – The New Class." His film work includes the TV movie, "Saved By The Bell-Wedding in Las Vegas" and the independent feature, "Fits and Starts." He is the recipient of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award; the Drama-Logue – Los Angeles Critics Scenic Design Award; and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program for his design work on "The Pat Sajak Show," CBS, 1989.