Theatre & Dance

Stuart Duke

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
  • B.A., Theatre, Broadcasting and Public Speech, Ashland University

Lighting Design
Arts Administration

Professional Experience
  • Theatrical Lighting Designer (United Scenic Artists 829)
  • Managing Director, Weston Playhouse Theatre Co.
  • Director of Design & Production, Northern Stage
  • Guest Lecturer and Lighting Designer, James Madison University
  • Visiting Lecturer, Oberlin College


Originally from Connecticut, Stuart Duke is a working lighting designer and arts manager with over 30 years experience in the professional theatre.  His design credits include New York productions of Orwell in America, The Rothschilds, Cast of Characters, Little Me, Frankie (directed by George Abbott), The Matchmaker jon & jen, and concert lighting for Kathleen Battle and Grover Washington, Jr. at Carnegie Hall.   He is currently designing the lighting for The Importance of Being Earnest at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre.  Other recent credits include Beauty & the Beast for Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Living Together and Hound of the Baskervilles at Northern Stage; Round and Round the Garden for Weston Playhouse.  Other regional credits include The Night Seasons (written and directed by Horton Foote), Death of a Salesman (starring Christopher Lloyd), Rags for the Paper Mill Playhouse, H.M.S. Pinafore for the Huntington Theatre, and Conrack for Ford’s Theatre. Mr. Duke has been nominated three times for the Helen Hayes Award for lighting.

As an arts manager, Stuart has served two professional regional theatres with a combined 20 years of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, creative oversight, production management and human resources.  In addition, he has played an active role in the design of two new theatre facilities in his home state of Vermont.

Stuart combines his passion for working in the professional theatre with an abiding interest in the education of performing arts students.  He has served as a guest designer at Dartmouth College and James Madison University and taught lighting design at Oberlin College.  He is also a frequent presenter at the American College Theatre Festival.


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