David Cuthbert

Scenic and Lighting Design and Technology
Professor

David Cuthbert

Professor, Theater Arts
Chair, Theater Arts
Email: 
cuthbert@ucsc.edu
Office: 
Theater Arts Center; room J106
Phone: 
Office: 831-459-4320
Research Interests: 

Performing Arts Lighting and Scenic Design and Technology.

Education and Training: 
1996 MFA, Theatrical Design, University of California, San Diego
1990 BA, Telecommunications/Drama, California State University, Fresno
1986-87 Study towards degree in Broadcast Communication Arts, California State University, San Francisco
Selected Publications: 

2004.  On Lighting with David Lee Cuthbert:  Make Sure They Have Your Number, Entertainment Design, December 2004, Page 27

Educational DVDs

1999.  Conducting Light on a Shoestring, Theatre Arts Video Library, ISBN: 1-883779-29-4

1998.  Conducting Light – Parts One & Two, Theatre Arts Video Library, ISBN: 1-883779-27-8

Play Scripts

2005.  A Christmas Carol (1941 Jazz adaptation), San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego.  Original adaptation concept (D.W. Jacobs, Playwright)

2002.  The Universal Monster Show – Sledgehammer Theatre.  Conception and Co-Author.

Selected Performances: 

Lighting Designs

2010

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Arena Stage, Washington, DC.

Le nozze di Figaro, Opera San Jose, San Jose, CA.

Boom, San Diego Rep, San Diego, CA.

2009

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Atlanta

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Miami

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, West Palm Beach

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Dallas

Groundswell, San Jose Rep, San Jose

The Kite Runner, Arizona Theater Company, Phoenix

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Philadelphia

The Kite Runner, Arizona Theater Company, Tucson

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Washington DC

The Scene, Ensemble Theater Company, Santa Barbara

Putnam County Spelling Bee, San Jose Rep, San Jose

Enchanted April, Center Rep, Walnut Creek

The Kite Runner, San Jose Rep, San Jose

2008

Computer Gaming program Computer Lab, UCSC Department of Engineering

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Portland Center Stage, Portland OR

Enchanted April, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

Enchanted April, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson

Eugene Onegin, Opera San Jose, San Jose

Burn This, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Bach at Leipzig, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Computer Game Design Computer Lounge, UCSC School of Engineering, Santa Cruz

Subject B’s Confession, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz (Co-design with student)

Third, Theatreworks, Mountain View

2007

 This Wonderful Life, San Jose Rep, San Jose

Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera San Jose, San Jose

The Tempest, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Terra Nova, Dance New Amsterdam, New York

Rabbit Hole, San Jose Rep, San Jose

Terra Nova, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

Hold Please, The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego

The Good Person of Sezuan, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz, Co-design with student

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Gammage Auditorium, Tempe, AZ

2006

Sleeping Beauty, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Moonlight and Magnolias, San Jose Rep, San Jose

Moonlight and Magnolias, Intiman Theatre, Seattle

King Lear, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

As You Like It, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Song Circus, Starstuff Productions, Monterey

Christmas on Mars, The Old Globe, San Diego

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Wilshire Theatre, Los Angeles

2005

 700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco

A Christmas Carol, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Palace Theatre, Chicago 

Cinderella, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Opera House, Boston

The Frankenstein Project v. 2.0, Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego 

700 Sundays …Billy Crystal, Cannon Theatre, Toronto

Inherit the Wind, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis

Engaged, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Bird & Waterfall, Show & Tale Productions, Vancouver

Lobby Hero, The Old Globe, San Diego

Merrily We Roll Along, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

Hannah & Martin, San Jose Rep, San Jose

The Skriker, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

 

Scenic Designs

2010

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Arena Stage, Washington DC

Boom, San Diego Rep, San Diego           

2009

As You Like It, San Jose Rep, San Jose

2008

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Portland Center Stage, Portland OR

Subject B’s Confession, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz (Co-design with student)

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Z Space Studios, A&L Tour

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Rubicon Theatre, Ventura

2007

 The Good Person of Sezuan, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz (Co-design with student)

2006

Election Day, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

Signs And Syndromes, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

Selected Presentations: 

Projection and Media Designs for Performance

2010

Boom, San Diego Rep, San Diego

2009

The Kite Runner, Arizona Theater Company, Phoenix

The Kite Runner, Arizona Theater Company, Tucson

As You Like it, San Jose Rep, San Jose

The Scene, Ensemble Theater Company, Santa Barbara

Putnam County Spelling Bee, San Jose Rep, San Jose

The Kite Runner, San Jose Rep, San Jose

2008

The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Portland Center Stage, Portland OR

Enchanted April, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix

Enchanted April, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson

Eugene Onegin, Opera San Jose, San Jose

Subject B’s Confession, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz, co-design with student

2007

This Wonderful Life, San Jose Rep, San Jose

The Good Person of Sezuan, UCSC Department of Theatre, Santa Cruz

Teaching Interests: 

Scenic Design and Technology

Lighting Design and Technology

Honors and Awards: 

Awards

2010

 Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle Award Nominations:

Best Scenic Design of a Play:  As You Like It, San Jose Rep

Best Lighting Design of a Play:  The Kite Runner, San Jose Rep

Best Lighting Design of a Play:  Groundswell, San Jose Rep

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, San Jose Rep

Shellie Award, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Enchanted April, Center Rep

2005

Tony Award -- Special Theatrical Event:  700 Sundays, New York

2004

Backstage West Honorable Mention, Lighting Design:  A Christmas Carol, San Diego Rep, San Diego

2003

KPBS “Patte” Award -- Outstanding Lighting Design:  Stop Kiss, Women’s Repertory Theatre, San Diego

Backstage West Honorable Mention -- Lighting Design:  Bezerkergang, Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego

San Diego Playbill “Billy” Award -- Outstanding Lighting Design:  Bezerkergang, Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego

KPBS “Patte” Award -- Outstanding Production:  Bezerkergang, Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego (Scenic and Lighting Designer)

KPBS “Patte” Award -- Outstanding Lighting Design:  A Christmas Carol, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego

KPBS “Patte” Award -- Outstanding Scenic Design:  Stop Kiss, Women’s Repertory Theatre, San Diego

Honors and Grants

2007

Arts Research Institute Special Research Grant: $12,000 for Projection Computers

2006

Arts Research Institute Major Project Grant: $15,000 for Terra Nova.  Collaborating faculty, Ted Warburton Principal Investigator.

2005

 UCSC Non-Tenured Faculty Development Award $500

NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant $10,000, Key Individual

The Frankenstein Project v. 2.0, Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego

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