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Paul Brunner

Paul Brunner

Associate Professor - Theatre Technology

M.F.A. Theatre Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
B.A. Southwest Minnesota State University, 1998

United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc.
Live Design Institute

As faculty Technical Director and Head of the Theatre Technology program for the Department of Theatre and Drama, Paul teaches courses in technical management, structural design for the stage, electronics for theatre, mechanical design for scenery, and theatrical drafting. 

His past faculty experience includes appointments at Oklahoma State University and Indiana University South Bend. Paul has also worked professionally with the Southern Ohio Light Opera as well as Indiana University's Opera and Ballet Theater and the Musical Arts Center (one of America’s largest opera houses). His production highlights include The Three Musketeers, Kismet, Naughty Marietta, Mad Forest, A Raisin in the Sun, The Clean House, In The Next Room or the vibrator play, How to Succeed in Business…, and grand opera productions of La Bohème, A Wedding, Don Giovanni, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the world premiere of the opera Our Town

In 2001 Paul received the K&M Fabrics Technical Production Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).  He is a Director at Large on the board of USITT-Midwest Regional Section and serves as editor of Design and Production Review (DPR), the Midwest Regional newsletter. As a USITT member, he serves nationally as Vice-Commissioner for Programming for the Technical Production Commission, as a member of Technical Production Commission’s CAD Standards committee, and also presents regularly at conferences.  Paul’s research applies sustainable scenery methodologies to the study of construction materials and stage scenery.  He is currently investigating the disassembly and disposal of stage scenery, known as “strike”, and how to improve both the methods for salvaging materials and the management of strike operations. 

Select Publications

• “Green at the University: Teaching Green by Being Green” in Theatre Design & Technology. (Spring 2011): 21-30. Co-author Jones, Ellen

• "A Traction Drive System." USITT Tech Expo 2011.

• “Green Stage Scenery with Sustainable Wood Composites” in Theatre Design & Technology. (Fall 2009): 24-29.

• “A Variation on Gate Stairs” in USITT Tech Expo 2009 Catalog. (Mar 2009): 19.

“When the Curtain Closes: The Potential of Strike Research”, Theatre Design and Technology (TD&T),  (Summer 2012), vol 48 no. 3.

Recent Conference Presentations

• “Historical Stage Technology: A Collaborative Conversation." Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Chicago, IL, Aug 2011.

• "Sustainable Scenery Shop Techniques." Staging Sustainability: Arts, Community, Culture, Environmen, York University, Toronto, CA, Apr 2011. 

• “Green Theatre Approaches.” USITT National Conference, Kansas City, MO, Mar 2010.

• “The Manufacturing, Use and Properties of Wood-based Composite Construction Materials for more Sustainable Stage Scenery Construction.” Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Lexington, KY, Mar 2010.