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David Lee Cuthbert

Professor, Theater Arts
Lighting design, projection design and scenic design; theatrical, fringe, industrial and themed entertainment design; computer aided drafting, electronics and automated fixtures

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
Teaching Interests: 
  • Scenic Design and Technology
  • Lighting Design and Technology
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; The Kite Runner, Arizona Theater Company, Phoenix
Selected Publications: 

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

Honors and Awards: 
  • 2010  Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle Award Nominations: Best Lighting Design of a Play:  The Kite Runner, San Jose Rep

  • 2009  Falstaff award: Best Scenic Design of a Shakespeare play -- national. As You Like It, San Jose Rep.



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
Office: 831-459-4320
Theater Arts Center; Building D; Room D203
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